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Emma Richardson: FEAST - The Outsiders

Exhibition preview

THE Outsiders is presenting Southampton-based artist Emma Richardson’s first solo exhibition with the gallery. Entitled FEAST, it will be on display from Friday, February 21 to Saturday, March 29, 2014.

The showcase, comprising large-scale paintings and drawings, explores the jungle of the subconscious and the unconscious imagination.

Using her preferred medium of oil paint and charcoal loosely applied to linen, Richardson creates abstract yet suggestive forms that are simultaneously visceral and evocative. Through this application of materials, the artist investigates the ever-changing nature of the human form.

Reveling in the unpredictable nature of her chosen medium, Richardson engages with her materials in a very intuitive way, shaping these tools of colour and movement into forms laden with multiple allusions. In doing so, she calls attention to the fluid nature of the human psyche with a focus on the erotic yet basic human desires, which are shared by all.

For this particular body of work, Richardson has delved deeper into the world of psychoanalysis, behaviorism and humanist psychology, citing masters of the field such as Georges Bataille and Sigmund Freud as inspirations for her work.

Moved by questions surrounding human sexuality and the fine line between human nature and animalistic behaviour, the artist prompts her audience to re-examine notions of what drives us as humans, querying notions of what is socially acceptable and what is taboo.

As well as an accomplished visual artist, Richardson is also bassist and vocalist in Band of Skulls. The artist’s latest body of work arrives on the eve of the release of Himalayan, the third album from the band, on March 31, 2014 and an accompanying UK tour.

The Outsiders, 8 Greek Street, Soho, London, W1D 4DG

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