About Richard Fuller
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Visual art is a living language and for it to stay relevant one must constantly challenge and seek ways to answer those questions that are continually presented as the work evolves. A current challenge is to create a semi 3D effect by building images in timber that grow on the flat board and are then painted in a conventional format. At the same time I like to confuse the onlooker – are they are seeing actually what is there i.e. are those ‘boxes’ painted on the board, or built on in 3D? I prefer board to canvas as its coarse surface creates the textured look of the painting.
For drawing I use soft pencil and line on cartridge paper, to expose and explore the various shapes of the body in the pose. I paint in oil as it stays fresh and malleable for a decent period of time allowing me to move the paint around, laying washes which build up the intensity of the colours. I have occasionally used acrylic but find it dries too quickly for my style. However I did execute a 50’ by 7’ mural in acrylic for a client, as it was for an indoor swimming pool!