Foiled Attempts (Part Two)
Mixed media painting on canvas wrapped board
37.5 x 65 in.
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Questions of identity and culture, both personal and national are at the center of new works by Richard Hoey. The artist employs visual references in these works such as advertising and urban design which he sources in Brazilian cities. The artist uses these references to question the effects of Neo-Colonialism on Brazil, whilst reflecting on his own position as a Western artist living between two cultures.
Hoey employs tactile materials such as gesso, jute and metal leaf to produce multi layered works with highly detailed surfaces. For the artist, materiality acts as conductor between the inner and outer worlds of human experience. The materials employed serve as a code, each has it’s correspondence. For example, the choice of gold leaf is related to ideas of purification and transformation.
Hoey’s practice, and his choice of materials is informed through direct experience with his environment. Current influence is derived from his time spent in Brazil where the artist feels immersed in a culture steeped in a history of colonisation, slavery and tribal folklore. For the artist, this history is imbedded into the land, the architecture, even the pavements, which have become a focal point in recent works.
Richard is a self-taught artist with a background in design. In 2012, he completed an MA in Fine Art at City & Guilds of London Art School. Hoey regularly participates in solo and group exhibits including Gruen Galleries, Chicago USA. Zane Bennett Contemporary, Santa Fe USA. The Unit, London UK . Sim Smith Gallery, London UK. He Lives and works between Brazil and the UK.