lehman + silva, porto.

C’Est Sombre Vers Le Nord roughly translates - It’s grim up North. A term used by people living in the South of England towards those living in the North.

In the autumn of 1933 the author and playwright J. B. Priestley went on a tour of England. His subsequent book English Journey is widely blamed for the “Grim up North” stereotype.

C’Est Sombre Vers Le Nord, is a glimpse into the North Vs South divide in the UK and other parts of the World. The Football rivalry, the class divides, the political or sometimes personal tension that can run deep into and beyond the realms of society, be that home or away.


Richie Culver (born 1983) is a British contemporary artist who works with painting and sculpture. He grow up in Hull, working on a caravan site as a teenager where he began photographing the people around him, Richie soon started seeing similarities between his own experiences and the iconic photographs of Larry Clark and Nan Goldin. Self-taught, Richie art began with collaging his photographs, and then expanded to other mediums such as painting.[1].

He came to prominence in 2010 with a piece in a group show at the Tate Modern as part of The Museum of Everything show.

Richie Culver is now considered a multidisciplinary artist, creating sculptures, paintings and collages. Richies paintings are mainly in a playful and sketchy style, depicting abstract figures often poking fun at society, life and encorperating pop culture [2]. Culver has always found interested in and drawn inspiration from Brutalism, forms of combat and anarchic undertones like the K Foundation, A number of high profile collectors have began to collate his work, including; Harry Blain of Blain Southern Gallery as well as Tate Modern and the Soho House Group.[3][dead link]

He has gone on to show internationally and is currently represented by Lehman + Silva in porto, portugal.[4]

Along with his passion for art, Culver has experimented within the world of fashion[5]. In 2012 he collaborated with Eastpakon a range of bags to help raise funds against AIDS.[6] In 2014 he collaborated with Topman to produce a collection of limited edition tees, tops and caps.[7] Culver combines car boot sale finds and Savile Row tailoring with Highly regarded and established designers such as Raf Simons and Gosha Rubchinskiy to construct a modern aesthetic[8]

In 2018 he was the first Hull born artist to show at Humber Street Gallery, Hull. where he showcased his exhibition; No One Knows me like Dawn from the Jobcentre[9] as part of the Hull UK City of Culture 2018. The Exhibition showcases a period in Richies life where he would spend fortnightly meetings with his Benefits Supervisor. The paintings in the exhibition depict the days between the visits to the jobcentre. [10][dead link]