Future of the Painting studio
At the moment my painting studio is a shared space in an artists' co-operative. I can spend a long time here or a short time. Neither is necessarily better. I don’t go every day all the time but sometimes I have periods of going daily.
Marshgate Lane, London, 2007
A lot of people are looking out for the indexability of the art or some kind of deeper meaning. I’m trying to get away from meaning. I don’t mean anything, I just do the painting.
“A Creative who opposes themselves probably has the best chance to reach some result”Richard Parry, artist
Salon 4, London, 2015
- Marshgate Lane
- Cable Street
- Omega Works
- The Old Police Station
- Lewisham Art House
OBEY series (after Shepard Fairey)
Painting here doesn't just refer to socio-cultural production, but to a mode of representation and the aspirational logic of its value form. I don’t really see Painting as part of ‘the social’. They’re an extensions of thoughts, not external devices.
“ But if you paint unconfidently and know it’s probably not much use, and maybe doesn’t have much meaning, it’s probably more likely to lead to something meaningful despite yourself.”Richard Parry, artist
"The new studio paintings have nothing to do with politics, globalism or London. Each one starts with a single colour, arbitrarily arrived at. After that, it’s about conscious relationships that seem about right.
By “seem about right” I mean imagining a potentially interesting relationship, or maybe I don’t really know what’s going to happen next. In my procedure, not really knowing is okay, and sometimes it feels important to interrupt myself by doing something contextually bad to heighten the feeling of uncertainty about what might go next.
The colours are not created mechanically or from pre-determined palettes, but through a kind of contested intuition. This relates to the same local visual environment that everyone experiences. This environment is mediated socially and by free market economies. Through the process of painting, the work reacts to a transformation of the visible world that is constantly happening. They provide some kind of record of it, but hopefully not a slavish one.
It’s not that a painting is composed and then executed, like an artist who first imagines a gallery exhibution and then wishes it to be an institutional critique. The colours here are not all intended at once, as they might appear in a finished image. They emerge bit by bit, mixed-in together or separate layers with underlying edges. The tension in the final arrangement results from these accumulated, individually considered relationships.”Richard Parry, artist