Working directly in a wide variety of materials, Frances Richardson works to convey 'a thought that encompasses both a memory of the real and a projection of the imagined.'
Frances Richardson (b. 1965, Leeds, UK) received her MA in Fine Art Sculpture from the Royal College of Art, London in 2006. Previous to this she studied BA (Hons) Fine Art at Norwich School of Art and Design, Norwich. Following this course, Richardson received a Commonwealth Foundation Fellowship and trained as a Yoruba carver under Master Carver Segun Faleye in Nigeria. Later studies brought her to the Sculpture MA at the Royal College of Art.
Richardson exhibits both nationally and internationally. Key solo exhibitions include: Not even nothing can be free from ghosts, Standpoint Gallery, London 2018, In times of brutal instability, Chiara Williams Contemporary Art, London Art Fair 2018, Performed object: Fig.090616, Concrete Canvas, Treforest Industrial Estate, Cardiff 2016, Loss of object and bondage to it Fig.2, Bermondsey Square Sculpture Commission, Vitrine Gallery, London 2015, Loss of object and bondage to it, Lubomirov-Easton, London 2014 and Ideas in the Making: drawing structure, Trinity Contemporary, London 2011.
In 2021 Richardson received the prestigious Bryan Robertson Trust Award. Other recent awards include the Mark Tanner Sculpture Award and Chiara Williams Contemporary Art SOLO AWARD (both 2017). She was nominated for the Max Mara Art Prize for Women 2015-17 in collaboration with Whitechapel Gallery.
Next year, Frances Richardson will give the Courtauld Institute of Art Sculptural Processes Group’s Annual Artist’s Talk.
Frances RichardsonStill thinking: a fraction more than a desire IV, 2020Chinese ink on paper28.2 x 38.1 cm | 11 1/8 x 15 in
Frances RichardsonUngrounded object 1 (Olduvai Axe I), 2020Chinese ink on paper50.5 x 36 cm | 19 7/8 x 14 1/8 in
Frances RichardsonUngrounded object 1 (Olduvai Axe II), 2020Chinese ink on paper50.5 x 36 cm | 19 7/8 x 14 1/8 in
Frances RichardsonUngrounded object 1 (Olduvai Axe III), 2020Chinese ink on paper50.5 x 36 cm | 19 7/8 x 14 1/8 in
Frances RichardsonBecause the two parts don't quite touch, 2019correx, terracotta, graphite, ink and screws55 x 520 cm | 21 5/8 x 204 3/4 in
Frances RichardsonNot all temporary objects can be avoided, 2018Madrone wood veneer, metal clips and PerspexHeight: 86 cm | 33 7/8 in