Richard Burton

oil on canvas on panel (unframed)

Sitting in the car, driving towards the sunset.


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Artwork description

‘Diversion’ displays the power in Burton’s works as the scene is comfortable and relatable to most viewers, though at the same time may feel cold and undesirable. The gaze of the driver is detached, as if busy with her driving, while we, as the viewers, look in on her daily errands. Similarly, Burton himself expresses his difficulty in painting these scenes despite how recognizable and familiar they are. He associates the car interior with his inspiration from cinema, as this representation is used often in movies where the figure becomes the protagonist. And so, while the figures are no one in specific, they are often inspired by films or series.

Richard Burton

Richard Burton is a British London based artist specializing in oil paintings. Burton earned his BA in Fine Art from Slade School of Fine Art and his MA in Painting from the Royal College of Art. His work has been exhibited throughout the UK, Amsterdam and New Y ork. Burton enables his viewers to connect with his works through relatable scenes of daily life that usually involve only a minimal number of figures. Though, simultaneously, he uses colors that are extraneous to the scene and aloof expressions on the figures’ faces that create a distance from the viewer. The opposing feelings that Burton’s works raise in the audience is what makes them so powerful. Burton is very much fascinated with car seats and upholstery in his works as well, as they both signal comfort and security to whoever takes their seat. He sees the two as reflective on the human being as both are hard on the inside and soft on the outside.

Exhibition History:

  • The Circular Ruins, Hockney Gallery, Royal College of Art, London
  • Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London
  • Young Artist Award, The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle
  • Cache, Angus-Hughes Gallery, 26 Lower Clapton Road, London
  •  Nostalgia, Toon, Jan Evertsenstraat 8, 1056 EC Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Summer Salon, Lubomirov/Angus-Hughes, London
  • Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London
  • Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London
  • Drawings from The Royal Drawing School, Christie's, New York
  • Artworks Open, Artworks Project Space, 114 Blackhorse Lane, London
  • New English Art Club exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
  • Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London

Awards and Residencies

  • 2019-21 Basil H. Alkazzi Scholarship, Royal College of Art, London
  • 2018 Space Studio Residency, Royal Drawing School, London
  • 2013 Arts Club Prize, NEAC Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
  • 2008 Henry Tonks prize, Slade School of Fine Art, London
  • 2006 Excellence in Drawing Award, The Arts Club, London
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