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Richard Galpin lives and works in London. Galpin's work engages with processes of change and transition in the urban environment. Working from his own photographs of contemporary cities, he reduces the surfaces and structures of urban form to abstracted fragments, and from these develops his own fantastical creations. The work invokes the forces of construction and destruction, preservation and revolution.
Until recently Galpin used a technique of peeling away the emulsion from the surface of the photograph with a scalpel to produce a radical revision of the urban form. In Galpin's recent work he uses the technique of sanding layers off the photographic surface, thus achieving softer edges for sections of colour while still making dynamic and fantastical abstract forms. This new body of work also includes sculpture, which in many ways is the 3d incarnation of the pre-2013 photographic works. Both the new photographs and sculptures originate, as previously, from photographs of cities (London, New York, Sao Paolo) and construction sites, but use of materials and processes from 21st century construction, marking a significant departure for the new work.
In 2010 he completed a public commission, Viewing Station, for the High Line, the elevated public park on a disused freight track in Chelsea, New York. Selected solo exhibitions include Franklin Art Works (Minneapolis), Brancolini Grimaldi Arte Contemporanea (Rome), Galeria Leme (Sao Paulo), Roebling Hall (New York), and Hales Gallery (London). Selected group exhibitions include shows at Temple Bar Gallery (Dublin), The Bolsky Gallery (Los Angeles), the British Museum (London), Von Lintel Gallery (New York), Marcel Sitcoske Gallery (San Francisco) and at Courtauld Institute of Art (London). Galpin's work can be found in numerous collections including the British Government Art Collection (UK), British Museum (UK), Victoria & Albert Museum (UK), RISD Rhode Island (US) and Deutsche Bank.