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Richard Woods

Richard Wood is a Painter, designer, sculptor, architect— In 2002, Woods transformed a New York gallery space with an exaggerated use of historical patterns, architecture, and iconography in his installation Super Tudor. He combined patterns and prints from various periods to overtake floors and walls of the gallery’s interior, using a Tudor-inspired façade to transform the building’s exterior. This project, like many of Woods’s endeavors, shaped an existing environment into a new reality, using cartoon-like decorative surfaces, mainly with hand-printed woodblock techniques. Woods has said that his vibrant color palette is inspired by his childhood memories of his parents’ home in 1970s England, where he was surrounded by “plasticky” colors and garish, narrative wallpapers. Though best known for his architectural installations, Woods is also a distinguished painter and sculptor.
Infused with a cartoon sensibility, Woods work, whether transforming a whole building into a collage of clashing decorative surfaces or creating an approximation of a rock, revels in the idea of beauty literally being skin deep.

Wood’s interventions operate on the boundary between art, architecture and design, exploring the relationship between the functional and the ornamental. It’s all part of Woods’ desire to confront our aesthetic values and the results raise questions about the way we live, with, and in spite of, tightly controlled town planning.

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