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Painting (MA)

Richard Burton

Richard Burton (b.1984) lives and works in London. He is a recipient of the Basil H. Alkazzi Scholarship.

Degree Details

School of Arts & Humanities

Painting (MA)

I think of painting as a form of world-building, connected to writers such as Philip K. Dick and David Foster Wallace. My imagery is fed by synthetic environments and the emotional distance they generate. There is an element of aspirational living, which I blend with traces of sci-fi to produce a kind of numb, restrained longing. For me the repetition of upholstered forms speaks to our constant seeking of comfort, and the impossibility of that need being wholly realised.

In the act of image-making I feel that you only ever have the illusion of full control. Like a neurotic symptom, some sensations always persist — you obsess over them, despite yourself and your efforts to block them out; how you use paint to establish and fetishize these forms reveals something about the way you process lived experience, uncovering unique combinations of excitement and dread.

Untitled — oil on linen, 25 x 27 cm, 2021
Untitled — oil on linen, 23 x 26 cm, 2021
Installation shot — Untitled, 27 x 24 cm, 2021; Untitled, 27 x 23 cm, 2021
Control — oil on canvas, 55 x 50 cm, 2021
Untitled — oil on cotton, 60 x 50 cm, 2021
Man Without Qualities — oil on linen, 45 x 40 cm, 2021
Untitled — distemper and oil on canvas, 40 x 45 cm, 2021
Clone — oil on linen, 55 x 50 cm, 2021
Apart — distemper and oil cotton, 55 x 50 cm, 2021
untitled drawing — oil on paper, 25 x 19 cm, 2021
Escape Cycle — oil on linen, 185 x 160 cm, 2021
Escape Cycle — detail
Stabiliser — oil on linen, 170 x 135 cm, 2021
Stabiliser — detail
Carousel — oil on linen, 160 x 155 cm, 2021
Carousel — detail

Basil H. Alkazzi