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Richard BurtonRetrovisore

The Artist Room
07.05.22 – 04.06.22
Taymour Grahne Projects
01 / 07

Richard BurtonRetrovisore

The Artist Room
07.05.22 – 04.06.22
Taymour Grahne Projects
01 / 07

Richard BurtonRetrovisore

The Artist Room
07.05.22 – 04.06.22
Taymour Grahne Projects
01 / 07

Richard BurtonRetrovisore

The Artist Room
07.05.22 – 04.06.22
Taymour Grahne Projects
01 / 07

Richard BurtonRetrovisore

The Artist Room
07.05.22 – 04.06.22
Taymour Grahne Projects
01 / 07

Richard BurtonRetrovisore

The Artist Room
07.05.22 – 04.06.22
Taymour Grahne Projects
01 / 07

Richard BurtonRetrovisore

The Artist Room
07.05.22 – 04.06.22
Taymour Grahne Projects
01 / 07

Richard BurtonRetrovisore

Taymour Grahne Projects is pleased to present Retrovisore, a solo show by London-based artist Richard Burton, opening on May 7th between 4-7pm at The Artist Room (52 Lonsdale Rd.) as part of a joint opening across our 3 spaces.

Richard Burton

Exit

2022

Distemper and oil on linen

45 x 50 cm. / 17.7 x 19.7 in.

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Richard Burton

Interval

2022

Distemper and oil on linen

45 x 40 cm. / 17.7 x 15.7 in.

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Richard Burton

Clockwork

2021

Oil on linen

35 x 30 cm. / 13.8 x 11.8 in.

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Richard Burton

Condition of Entry

2022

Oil on canvas

170 x 205 cm. / 67 x 80.7 in.

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Richard Burton

Cradle

2021

Oil on linen

160 x 130 cm. / 63 x 51 in.

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Richard Burton

Fulcrum

2022

Pen and pencil on paper

18.5 x 25 cm. / 7.3 x 9.8 in.

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Richard Burton

Mirroring

2022

Oil on paper

25 x 18.5 cm. / 9.8 x 7.3 in.

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Richard Burton

Split

2021

Oil on paper

25 x 18.5 cm. / 9.8 x 7.3 in.

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Richard Burton

Transference

2021

Oil on paper

25 x 18.5 cm. / 9.8 x 7.3 in.

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Richard Burton

Synchrony

2022

Oil on paper

18.5 x 25 cm. / 7.3 x 9.8 in.

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Richard Burton

Retrovisore

2022

Oil and sand on linen

50 x 55 cm. / 19.7 x 21.7 in.

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Richard Burton

Study for Condition of Entry

2022

Oil on paper

18.5 x 25 cm. / 7.3 x 9.8 in.

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Burton’s paintings are an opportunity for him to engage in what he refers to as world building. This term is usually linked to science fiction, and the method of manufacturing a fictional yet convincing reality. This exciting space for the imagination, however infinite, must be defined by specific boundaries, otherwise it falls apart. It needs laws and orderly qualities that one can relate to. His paintings from the past two years provide glimpses into this constructed world, with each work expanding the universe – in which facets are either revealed or reconfirmed.

Reshuffling the building blocks with each painting, Burton also tempers that science fiction mood with a sense of banality. Within the environments presented, this is explored in philosophical and playful ways. Where is the line between dull repetition and futuristic possibility? Can the numbing materiality of the present point to the excitement of things to come? In this world of smooth seats and dusty roads Burton leaves room for interpretation. Pinks, magentas and turquoises point to synthetic materials and soporific air. Yet despite all the comfort and seduction, a dystopian alertness jars the viewer awake. If it’s some version of the future that we’re presented with, we may want to avoid ever reaching it.

Most of the works in the exhibition were made during Burton’s Abbey Fellowship at The British School at Rome. Retrovisore, the title of the show, is Italian for rear view mirror. In its most literal sense, this is the mirror that allows the driver to see what is looming behind them; it also speaks to the act of viewing the world indirectly, in order to look back and forward at the same time, and in order to keep you safe. Mirrors play an important part in the exhibition; during his time in Italy, Burton visited many palazzos, where stucco and marble details are endlessly reflected — not only by surrounding mirrors but also by imitated, painted versions in trompe l’oeil. The optical mechanisms at play blur boundaries and oscillate dizzyingly between the authentic and the reproduced. Burton previously painted mirrors in his work, but these have evolved into free floating elements that reflect and invigorate a simulated context.

Richard Burton (b.1984) lives and works in London. He studied at the Royal College of Art (2019–21) and the Slade School of Fine Art (2004–08). He is the recipient of the Abbey Fellowship in Painting, British School at Rome (2022). Previous exhibitions include New Contemporaries, South London Gallery, London (2021), Incubator 21, 2 Chiltern Street, London (2021), Reigen, Fabian Lang, Zürich (2021) ,Urvanity Art Fair, Madrid (2021) and Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London (2019).