British Contemporary Artist: Richie Culver

Richie culver is a British contemporary artist who grew up in the north east of England in the city of Hull. He now lives in Portugal where he works out of his studio, although he spends time traveling and is often working from his London studio. Richie is proud of his northern heritage and takes a great deal of inspiration from his time growing up in hull, which can clearly be seen in his work. Richie's work tells stories from his own past experiences and observations from the working class that surrounded him during his youth. Richie's portfolio is extensive and made up of a combination of photography, large paintings on canvas and sculptures. His paintings are more often than not created using a lick of white paint to set the background. He then paints figures of humans and animals, in a scene, telling a story using a sketchy and abstract style. Each painting adopts Richie's humorous and sarcastic nature. poking fun at his own life, British politics and stereotypes in society. 

Pop culture references are often popping up which may seem strange to most contemporary art enthusiasts or critics, however it works brilliantly in Richie’s work and once again pushes the boundaries of what’s considered the norm in the art world, following a usual contemporary art trend of breaking the 'rules'. Humour is the main currency of Richie’s art work and makes everything he creates interesting and relevant.

What is Contemporary Art

Contemporary art is the art of the here and now. All art produced in the second half of the 20th century to the current day is considered contemporary art. Contemporary artist are influenced by an ever changing and hugely diverse world in terms of culture and technology. There is a vast array of topics, methods, materials and concepts which has resulted in a great deal of dynamic and memorable pieces, exhibitions and performances. Contemporary art has often been used to express personal emotion, cultural identity, community and nationality. It has often been considered difficult to understand contemporary art for critics, observers and collectors a like due to its lack of uniform and order. the span of difference in theme, materials and even time period from one artists work to another is so vast that it becomes hard to decide what is right and what is wrong when it comes to contemporary art.

Famous British Contemporary Artists

During the 1990’s there were a number of young artists that dominated the British Contemporary Art scene known as The Young British Artists, (YBAs, Brit Artists and Britart). They were a group of artists who graduated from the BA Fine Art course at Goldsmiths in the 1980’s. The YPA’s began to hold exhibitions in abandoned warehouses and factories in the early 1990’s. these exhibitions included work by Angus Fairhurst, Abigail Lane, Mat Collishaw and Damien Hirst. The Group were inspired and heavily influenced by Art group ‘The Grey Organisation’ who had led the charge in changing the face of British art during this time. Damian Hirst has gone on to become one of the most famous British Artists to ever live and is considered to be the richest living British artist, with an estimated net worth of $300 million.

Famous Contemporary Art Exhibitions

c’est sombre vers le nord. lehmann + silva, porto

raga night at the community centre. zweisieben, karlsruhe.

no one knows me like dawn from the job centre. humber street gallery, kingston upon hull.