Young Artist to watch – Richard Gasper


Richard Gasper is a multi-disciplinary artist dealing with fracture and reconstructed process, the work is fetishistic and playful, subverting the process of formal design and disrupting traditional function. The paintings are a hybrid of drawing and sculptural relief, the drawing stem from found sketches created by the artist’s father and reconfigured to create something new on a larger scale. The sculptures play upon the deconstruction and are often derived from found objects – like a sewage pipe or a floor lamp.

What we have in Richard Gasper is an artist who clearly enjoys the process of making and re-making. In his last show at Kinman Gallery we have a massive blow up of a dinosaur, taken from a post card given to him by his father, surrounded by the seductive lacquered wood paintings.


The wooden tree in the middle of the gallery is a totem adorned with sickly flowers and mounted on faux fur, the effect is startling and even sickly.


Richard Gasper is an artist who has the technical know-how to create images from various sources, build and break down is very much part of the process. He will be part of a group show forthcoming at Kinman Gallery.

Richard Gasper lives and works in London. He graduated from Slade School of Art in 2005 followed by an MA from Royal College of Art in 2007. He was resident at The British School at Rome, awarded the Sainsbury Scholarship in Painting and Sculpture, between 2010 and 2011. Exhibitions include: Smeared With The Gold of The Opulent Sun, The Nomas Foundation, Rome, Italy (2012); Ruby, Curated by Eddie Peake, Gallery Vela, London (2012); Apocalipstix, The Nunnery, Bow Arts Trust, London (2011); Mortars at Dawn: survey of emerging artists, Leroy House with Carter Presents (2010) and Uber-Flux, Take Courage Project Space, New Cross (2008). He has received a number of awards including Celeste Painting Prize (2007) and his work has appeared in art fairs and private collections internationally.

About Ben Austin

Ben Austin studied History of Art at Reading University. He started Catto Contemporary in Shoreditch where he was responsible for helping to launch the careers of several artists and showed Anthony Micallef and Banksy in a curated exhibition entitled ‘Perverse Pop’ back in 2001. Austin has worked at Art Review, before setting himself up as an independent curator and through Austin Enterprises he staged the legendary Frieze opening night show/party entitled ‘Decadence, Decay and the Demimonde’ at Home House in 2007, which featured art on loan from the Saatchi Gallery (Marcus Harvey, Liz Neal and Barry Reigate). He has also curated exhibition at the Blouin Foundation – ‘After Dark’ series, featuring acclaimed artists such as Alice Anderson. He has been on the judging panel for the ‘Young Masters’ prize. More recently he curated ‘Art Britannia’ during Miami Basel featuring a collection of contemporary British artists and acted as the initial curator and advisor the The Dot Project Gallery in Fulham. Ben Austin acts as an art advisor and dealer. He writes for numerous publications including Artlyst and FAD.