Featured Artists

"States of Mind" january - march 2014

Born in 1971 in England. Lives and works in Norfolk.

Combining personal references with art historical ones, Richard Wathen paints portraits imbued with a strange sense of discomfort: they seem recognizable, yet strange and unfamiliar. He depicts a wide range of figures – from children and adolescents, to adult women and old men – all against a monochromatic background and often holding curious things or animals. The apparent simplicity of his images conceals unexpected meanings and raises questions. Wathen constructs his portraits using fragmented memories and found images. He considers every portrait like self-portraits, as all these constructed characters somehow represent pieces of his own history.