richard brayshaw

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Artworks for sale: 14

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About richard brayshaw

 
 
  • Biography

    Thank you for looking at my work.

    I am photographing Spaces and Places in man-made outdoor environments both urban and rural. The locations are public and open, often chosen because they are used as transitions or thresholds between spaces. I am particularly interested in how we perceive our spaces, their different characteristics and their psychological effects on us. I am looking at how space/place is defined, the relationships between spaces and the types of structures or features that create them.

    My work is influenced by ideas of the Uncanny, the Sublime and of Space and Place. The Uncanny was defined by Freud and others as "the familiar becoming strange" - an uncomfortable feeling created when something which should be familiar is perceived to be foreign or alien in some way. The meaning of the word Sublime has evolved over the years but here I am interested in Kant's idea of an overwhelming, awe-inspiring reaction.

    The concept of Space represents ideas of the unknown, of potential, adventure, risk, of the beyond. The concept of Place represents opposite ideas – of safety, security, confinement, familiarity.  These definitions are personal, in that one person’s Place may be another person's Space.

    My work has been influenced and inspired by photographers such as Candida Hofer, Andreas Gursky, Richard Misrach, Hiroshi Sugimoto and Thomas Struth.

    While I am working, I am trying to reconcile a feeling of tension between creating an image as an aesthetic depiction of a subject, on the one hand, and as an exploration of a concept, on the other.

    In making this work I am seeking to explore our complex relationship to our physical environments and question the disconcerting nature of much of our intervention in the natural world.  I believe it important that my work creates a visceral/emotional as well as an aesthetic response in the viewer.

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  • Education

    2008 - 2010

    Universtity for the Creative Arts, Farnham

  • Awards

    2012

    Hicks Prize

    The Hicks Prize awarded at the Discerning Eye show in London in November 2012
  • Upcoming Events

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    Previous events

    Event: Discerning Eye 2014

    Dates: Nov. 13, 2014 - Nov. 23, 2014

    Venue: Mall Galleries, London

    An open submission show held at the Mall Galleries

    Event: National Open Art Exhibition 2014

    Dates: Sept. 18, 2014 - Oct. 25, 2014

    Venue: Embankment Gallery, Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2

    Held at Somerset House

    Event: Discerning Eye 2013

    Dates: Nov. 15, 2013 - Nov. 24, 2013

    Venue: Mall Galleries, London

    A group show

    Event: National Open Art 2013

    Dates: Oct. 26, 2013 - Nov. 7, 2013

    Venue: National Open Art Exhibition, The Royal College of Art

    A group show

    Event: Cork Street Open Summer 2013

    Dates: Aug. 9, 2013 - Sept. 15, 2013

    Venue: The Gallery In Cork Street, 28 Cork St, London W1S 3NG

    An Open Exhibition. Three of my works were selected

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Education

2008 - 2010

Universtity for the Creative Arts, Farnham


Awards

2012

Hicks Prize

The Hicks Prize awarded at the Discerning Eye show in London in November 2012

There are no upcoming events

Show previous eventsHide previous events

Previous events

Event: Discerning Eye 2014

Dates: Nov. 13, 2014 - Nov. 23, 2014

Venue: Mall Galleries, London

An open submission show held at the Mall Galleries

Event: National Open Art Exhibition 2014

Dates: Sept. 18, 2014 - Oct. 25, 2014

Venue: Embankment Gallery, Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2

Held at Somerset House

Event: Discerning Eye 2013

Dates: Nov. 15, 2013 - Nov. 24, 2013

Venue: Mall Galleries, London

A group show

Event: National Open Art 2013

Dates: Oct. 26, 2013 - Nov. 7, 2013

Venue: National Open Art Exhibition, The Royal College of Art

A group show

Event: Cork Street Open Summer 2013

Dates: Aug. 9, 2013 - Sept. 15, 2013

Venue: The Gallery In Cork Street, 28 Cork St, London W1S 3NG

An Open Exhibition. Three of my works were selected

 

Biography

Thank you for looking at my work.

I am photographing Spaces and Places in man-made outdoor environments both urban and rural. The locations are public and open, often chosen because they are used as transitions or thresholds between spaces. I am particularly interested in how we perceive our spaces, their different characteristics and their psychological effects on us. I am looking at how space/place is defined, the relationships between spaces and the types of structures or features that create them.

My work is influenced by ideas of the Uncanny, the Sublime and of Space and Place. The Uncanny was defined by Freud and others as "the familiar becoming strange" - an uncomfortable feeling created when something which should be familiar is perceived to be foreign or alien in some way. The meaning of the word Sublime has evolved over the years but here I am interested in Kant's idea of an overwhelming, awe-inspiring reaction.

The concept of Space represents ideas of the unknown, of potential, adventure, risk, of the beyond. The concept of Place represents opposite ideas – of safety, security, confinement, familiarity.  These definitions are personal, in that one person’s Place may be another person's Space.

My work has been influenced and inspired by photographers such as Candida Hofer, Andreas Gursky, Richard Misrach, Hiroshi Sugimoto and Thomas Struth.

While I am working, I am trying to reconcile a feeling of tension between creating an image as an aesthetic depiction of a subject, on the one hand, and as an exploration of a concept, on the other.

In making this work I am seeking to explore our complex relationship to our physical environments and question the disconcerting nature of much of our intervention in the natural world.  I believe it important that my work creates a visceral/emotional as well as an aesthetic response in the viewer.

 
 
 

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