Contemporary Six

0161 835 2666Contemporary Six 37 Princess Street Manchester M2 4FN
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Contemporary Six is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Richard Cook for the London Art Fair. This exhibition constitutes a re-introduction of one of Britain’s most unique painters who captures figures and landscapes like no other. Richard's work is held in the Tate, the Arts Council, The British Museum, and the Deutsche Bank collections, as well as many other private collections throughout the UK, Europe, and the United States.

This year marks 50 years since Richard attended the Royal College of Art. In this time, Richard has evolved his approach and technique — moving away from the process-heavy, layered works he created under the tutelage of Leon Kossoff, with whom he shared a studio after graduating.

Whilst Kossoff was a key influence for his earlier paintings, Richard’s identity is unique. Kossoff and Auerbach sought resolution in their paintings, looking for the subject to emerge over years, even decades, with an impetus on the texture of the work; but over the past half a century Richard has forged his own way, becoming ever more instinctive, quick and elemental in his mark-making. From small boards of a few inches to canvases of more than two metres across, he paints quickly and intuitively. Using brushes and his hands, he paints with speed and force, allowing the image to float free from constraint.

Whether he is painting portraits or landscapes, Richard’s intention is to discover, in each work, the energy that birthed it — an emotionally driven action, a first impulse, or in his words, a yearning. He is not so much trying to express something through painting, as giving form to something he knows to be already out there.

Discernible in his work, Richard is as inspired by natural forces as he is by Romantic English poetry of the 18th, 19th, and 20th Century (Clare, Keats, Hopkins, Pound, Raine etc.). He looks towards the interaction between experience of place or subject, internalised memory, and emotional creative force. When these are fused, the result is a painting that might be animated or tranquil, violent or intimate, tragic or joyous — but full of recognisable authorship. Richard asserts that his painting is an attempt to embrace that which is out of reach. In his reaching for it over the past decades, he has become a contemporary painter whose ability to adapt the way he processes the world around him, and reinvent himself, has broken new ground, and gained a new language.

Contemporary Six is an independent gallery located in the heart of Manchester city centre. Established in 2010, the Gallery specialises in original contemporary paintings, ceramics and sculpture, encompassing a wide variety of styles and genres. Working alongside the very best artists in the region and internationally acclaimed artists from further afield, Contemporary Six prioritises artwork with substance and soul, and is proud of its standing as a place for art lovers to begin, and nurture, their collections. The Gallery itself is a bright and attractive venue over two floors, located opposite Alfred Waterhouse’s extraordinary Town Hall. It is a space as welcoming to the city’s many weekend visitors as it is to loyal and serious collectors. Over its decade-long existence, Contemporary Six has continued to showcase its artists not just in the Gallery, but through nationwide Art Fairs and online exhibitions, and through collaborations with distinguished cultural institutions.

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