Richard Caldicott

Richard Caldicott
Richard Caldicott
Richard Caldicott
United Kingdom
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  • Richard Caldicott, The Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin

Richard Caldicott is a British artist who explores mainly photography by creating abstract compositions.

An Abstract Compositions Sir Elton John likes very much

Caldicott was born in 1962 in Leicester, England. In 1987 he earned a master degree from Royal College of Art. Later on, Richard Caldicott perfected his art education at Middlesex Polytechnic, BA and Loughborough College of Art & Design.
Caldicott’s abstract compositions of colors and geometric forms are widely known as a completely new and fresh use of mundane consumer products such as Tupperware, for example. Even though his exquisite photographic images could be considered ironic, Caldicott dictates to beholders’ eye one pretty much refined aesthetics. His photographs have been compared to the Color Field paintings of the Abstract Expressionists Mark Rothko and Barnett Newman.


Richard Caldicott - Untitled, 2012, mixed media on coloured paper

Richard Caldicott – Untitled, 2012, mixed media on coloured paper

Richard Caldicott is an interdisciplinary artist that experiments with different materials and techniques, including drawing, photography and sculpture. This artist’s work on paper is made with ballpoint pen or inkjet printing, and bears an austere elegance through minimal drawings (with one or two lines) or buoyant and colorful forms and floating shapes; but all of them are inextricably linked through their minimal aesthetic and focus.
Repetition is one of many often used elements in Caldicott’s work – it echoes the art making of the Minimalism period. Caldicott use of camera to record collages and constructions has created a unique aesthetic niche that manages to reference iconic modernism without reverting to familiar forms. In 1986 he was awarded the Paris Studio Award of the Cité Internationale des Arts, RCA.
Sir Elton John, very passionate art collector who owns one of the largest photography collections in the world, said about Caldicott:
“Richard has the unique ability to transform the medium of photography, creating something new, but still using the most traditional technique. Richard is one of those artists who elevate photography to an important and recognized form of contemporary expression.”

Caldicott’s Tupperware Series

At the end of the 1990s, Caldicott created a series of Tupperware containers as large scale semi-abstract still lives – cheeky and humorous as they were obviously creative transformations of something that was very cheap.

Richard Caldicott - Tupperware, Untitled 167, 2000

Richard Caldicott – Tupperware, Untitled 167, 2000

Piling vibrantly colored plastic cups and bowls, he created abstract formations that were like eye-popping op-art paintings. After that, he explored collage, taking source material derived from various modernist tropes and situations, until a strange new geometry emerged from the mix.

Untitled 2008 and Constructions Series

In 2008, his exhibition titled Untitled 2008, opened London’s Hamiltons gallery. With this series, once again Caldicott placed unusual objects at the centre of the frame. His concern is very often simply the metamorphosis of the everyday, which for him has something almost alchemical about it.

Richard Caldicott - Untitled 7, 2008

Richard Caldicott – Untitled 7, 2008

Regarding this metamorphosis and photography, he went even further by chemically transforming his constructions into two-dimensional pictures at the touch of a button – aiming for a kind of transmutation of the functionality of everyday objects as done in his Constructions series.

Richard Caldicott - Construction 5, 2004

Richard Caldicott – Construction 5, 2004

The curiosity of this collection was that the artist himself has been making the object photographed – Cadicott created collages and assemblages, and then photographed them multiple times.

Caldicott’s Collaboration with Darius Ciuta: S – P

Richard Caldicott’s work has a relationship with architectural and musical structures, formalism and geometry. In 2014, he collaborated with Darius Ciuta, a Lithuanian artist from a quiet music field that deals with micro sound, where focus is on the tiny, elusive note.

Richard Caldicott and Darius Ciuta collaborated at S-P digital album, 2014

Richard Caldicott and Darius Ciuta collaborated at S-P digital album, 2014

Ciuta recorded snowflakes falling on paper and sent it to Caldicott who used that paper to produce a graphic image. After that, Darius used Richard’s work as the graphic notation to compose a digital album titled S-P, from a recording of snowflakes falling. The album was published by Very Quiet Records, a small independent label with a simple idea: they release recordings of quiet places or situations from sound artists and field recordists from around the world.

Shapeshifters & Sharpshooters

In 2015, Caldicott presented his new works at the collective exhibition which explores contemporary abstract art-making practices. The show is held at 886 Geary Gallery in San Francisco. Titled Shapeshifters & Sharpshooters, this exhibition features 15 international artists and is guest-curated by Sven Davis, independent curator and art critic from the UK.

Richard Caldicott - Untitled 1 at 886 Geary Gallery, 2015

Richard Caldicott – Untitled 1 at 886 Geary Gallery, 2015

Shapeshifters & Sharpshooters is a sort of celebration of contemporary mark making, while embracing traditional art movements such as Futurism, Abstract Expressionism and Precisionism amongst others. A common thing for the whole group is their use of Hard-Edge painting; where abrupt transitions are found between color areas. This kind of painting style is related to Geometric abstraction, Op Art, Post-painterly Abstraction, and Color Field painting.
Richard Caldicott’s work has been acquired in several significant public and private collections, including the Peter C. Ruppert Collection; Museum im Kulturspeicher, Germany; Goss-Michael Foundation, Dallas, TX; Goldman Sachs International, London; Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany; Sir Elton John Collection, Los Angeles / London; Gert Elfering Collection, Miami; Karl Blossfeldt / Albert Renger-Patzch Collection / Ann and Jürgen Wilde, Köln; and Fidelity Worldwide Investment, London, among others. His work has been exhibited extensively in solo and group shows, as well as several art fairs, including Art Basel, Photo Miami, Paris Photo, FIAC, The AIPAD Photography Show, and the Venice Biennale. Since March 2015, he has been represented by IdeelArt.
Richard Caldicott lives and works in London, UK.

Interview with Richard Caldicott on Saturationpoint