Ray Richardson takes the Edward Hopper view in Everything is Everything at Beaux Arts

By Ben Miller | 12 September 2012
An image of a painting of a figure in a flat cap and blue coat looking out from a bridge
Ray Richardson, Our Side of the Water (2012). Oil on linen© Courtesy Beaux Arts, London / Ray Richardson
Exhibition Preview: Ray Richardson: Everything is Everything, Beaux Arts, London, until October 6 2012

Writing in the catalogue for this dynasty of pithy portraits, Jack Auerbach suggests Ray Richardson - a purveyor of a “proud and pugnacious” London with “big skies and secret deals” – could claim membership of an esteemed lineage.

An image of a painting of a man standing in a doorway wearing a multicoloured shirt
AKA Irish Frank (2012). Oil on linen© Courtesy Beaux Arts, London / Ray Richardson
“There is a long and prestigious history of London artists who were born and blossomed here,” he says, namechecking Blake, Hogarth and Turner.

“Ray Richardson is part of that same tradition, and his images have glamour too, casting their glow on ordinary people and recognisable types.”

There is something cinematic and poetic in the artist’s paintings.

The men who heel dogs in front of puddle-strewn industrial buildings possess an air of menace, but the city streets are unglamorous, populated by grills and dilapidated streetlamps, imposing figures in doorways or wistful views across rivers over bridges.

“He can be seen as London’s Edward Hopper, revealing the beauty in London’s seemingly ordinary faces and spaces,” adds Auerbach.

“His paintings burn with a fierce nostalgia for the here and now.”


More pictures:

An image of a painting of a white bulldog lounging on a large deep brown armchair
London's Topdog (2011/2012). Oil on linen© Courtesy Beaux Arts, London / Ray Richardson
An image of a painting of a man in a suit holding a dog on a lead in an industrial setting
The Poacher (2012). Oil on linen© Courtesy Beaux Arts, London / Ray Richardson
An image of a painting of various figures standing around a vintage car under blue skies
From the Streets of South East London (2012). Oil on linen© Courtesy Beaux Arts, London / Ray Richardson
An image of a painting of a man standing outside a grill restaurant on a busy city street
Kirk Vidas (2012). Oil on linen© Courtesy Beaux Arts, London / Ray Richardson
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