Richard Caldicott, The Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin

Richard Caldicott

United Kingdom 1962

Minimal Art, Photography, Abstract Art, Color Field, Hard-edge Painting, Op Art

Richard Caldicott
Richard Caldicott
United Kingdom
July 16, 2015
Ok, I know it's so damn corny to quote somebody just to describe yourself, let alone Confucius, but this quote says all about my relationship with Widewalls, so forgive me for doing this: Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. Am I forgiven?

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

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumGroup/Solo
2015ART MIAMI New YorkSous Les Etoiles GalleryGroup
2015Modest Masters 1ARTES Foundation, Het Hof, Bergen, NLGroup
2015Paris Photo Los AngelesSous Les Etoiles GalleryGroup
2015art on paperArt Fair, New York, Sous Les Etoiles GalleryGroup
2015Shapeshifters&Sharpshooters, Curated by Sven Davis886 Geary Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2015BAMEQUINOX 2015Museum Ixchel, Guatemala City, GuatemalaGroup
2015Light Image and Data Image,Traces of Concrete PhotographyMuseum im Kulturspeicher WürzburgGroup
2015THINK FASTCollege of Architecture and Planning Gallery, Ball State University, MuncieGroup
2015Clarks,RebootedInternational Touring ExhibitionGroup
2015GRAND FORMAT FROM THE COLLECTIONSous Les Etoiles Gallery, New YorkGroup
2015LAS GEOMETRIAS POSIBLESOdalys Gallery, MadridGroup
2014Richard Caldicott Recent Work 2010 to 2013Sous Les Etoiles Gallery, New YorkSolo
2014CONTEXT ART MIAMISous Les Etoiles GalleryGroup
2014MIAMI PROJECT art fairJoshua Liner GalleryGroup
2014KONSTELLATIONENGalerie f5,6 MunichGroup
2014Second Sight,The David Kronn CollectionIrish Museum of Modern Art, DublinGroup
2014Soft TargetM+B Gallery, Los AngelesGroup
2014Color as StructureMcKenzie Fine Art, New YorkGroup
2014Revelation And Enchantment, Acquisitions and Donations from the Photography CollectionKunstmuseum Bonn, GermanyGroup
2014Reality LoopVEST, AarhusGroup
2014Downtown Fair 2014, New YorkSous Les Etoiles GalleryGroup
2014#spring, Less is More Projects, with Brian Hubble, Paolo GiardiParisGroup
2014DDESSIN 14 Paris Contemporary Drawing FairLess is More Projects, ParisGroup
2014Art Paris Art FairLaurent Delaye GalleryGroup
2013CORE PURPOSELaurent Delaye Gallery, LondonGroup
2013Adapt and erase& Model, LeedsGroup
2013Art Paris Art FairLaurent Delaye GalleryGroup
2013London Art FairWilson Stephens Fine ArtGroup
2012Richard Caldicott, Photographs and DrawingsA|B|C ontemporary| Armin Berger Gallery ZurichSolo
2012UntitledHarts Lane Studios, LondonGroup
2012Serial Instinct, Give Art SpaceTolla Duke Contemporary, SingaporeGroup
2012Show with Adam Ball, Paul Hosking, Max LambGallery FUMI, Porto Cervo, Sardinia, ItalyGroup
2012VIP PHOTO FAIRABC ontemporary Armin Berger Gallery ZurichGroup
2012ART BodenseeABC ontemporary Armin Berger Gallery ZurichGroup
2012Cutlog Art Fair ParisABC ontemporary Armin Berger Gallery ZurichGroup
2012London Art FairWilson Stephens Fine ArtGroup
2012SUPERMARKET Independent Art FairStockholm, ParisCONCRETGroup
2012FILED UNDER Roma Roman Issue for AltaRomaGalleria Ugo Ferranti, RomeGroup
2012Kunst 11 Zurich Art FairABC ontemporary Armin Berger Gallery ZurichGroup
2011London Art FairWilson Stephens Fine ArtGroup
2011Painting and the LikeParisCONCRET, ParisGroup
2011FILED UNDER LaunchGalerie f5,6 MunichGroup
2010AbstractGalerie f5,6, MunichGroup
2010London Art FairArt Projects, Galerie f5,6Group
2010Art + Design Fair LondonHamiltonsGroup
2010UntitledUno de Uno Gallery, MonterreyGroup
2009The Edge of Vision, The Rise of Abstraction in PhotographyThe Sixth Pingyao International Phoptography Festivel, Pingyao, Shanxi Province, ChinaGroup
2009B SidesGalerie f5,6, MunichGroup
2009Richard CaldicottHamiltons, LondonSolo
2009Beyond the Document, Color Field PhotographyPeg and Frank Taplin Gallery, The Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, PrincetonGroup
2009Time and BeingBowe Ashotn Gallery, University of West England, BristolGroup
2009By Way of These Eyes The Sublime, Exotic and FamiliarNew British Museum of American ArtGroup
2008Something for EveryoneHamiltons, LondonGroup
2008Paris Photo ’08HamiltonsGroup
2007Art KolnGalerie f5,6Group
2007Photo Miami '07HackleBury Fine ArtGroup
2007Modern fairGalerie f5,6 Goss Gallery, MunichGroup
2007Miami London PreviewHackleBury Fine Art, LondonGroup
2007Richard CaldicottGalerie f5,6 MunichSolo
2006BlockerHamiltons, LondonSolo
2006Richard CaldicottCasa Tua, MiamiSolo
2006Photo Miami '06Galerie f5,6Group
2006Paris Photo '06HamiltonsGroup
2006Seeing the LightCarl Solway Gallery, CincinnatiGroup
2006ART ANON, in aid of Terrance Higgins TrustLondon Art FairGroup
2006If it didn’t exist you’d have to invent it, a partial Showroom historyThe Showroom, LondonGroup
2005Paris Photo '05HamiltonsGroup
20052×2Rachofsky House, DallasGroup
2005Concrete PhotographyMuseum im Kulturspeicher WürzburgGroup
2005Still Life and Stilled LivesAriel Meyerowitz Gallery, New YorkGroup
2005LoopGoss Gallery, Dallas, TexasSolo
2004Richard CaldicottHamiltons, LondonSolo
2004Richard CaldicottAriel Meyerowitz Gallery, New YorkSolo
2004Paris Photo '04HamiltonsGroup
2004CleanlinessSara Meltzer Gallery, New YorkGroup
2004Group showHamiltons, LondonGroup
2004The Photography show, AIPADAriel Mayerowitz Gallery, New YorkGroup
2004Optic Nerve, Abstract Colour PhotographyPhotofusion Gallery, LondonGroup
2003Optic Nerve, Abstract Colour PhotographyWolsey Art Gallery, IpswichGroup
2003Fresh Art AuctionSanta Monica Museum of Modern Art, Santa Monica, CAGroup
2003Prima FacieFine Art, Buffalo, New YorkGroup
2003Paris Photo '03HamiltonsGroup
2003LichtzeichnungenGalerie f5,6, MunichGroup
2002Abstract PhotographyHunterdon Museum of Art, New Jersey, New YorkGroup
2002SupercellularGalerie Valerie Cueto, ParisGroup
2002The Armoury Photography FairAriel Meyerowitz Gallery, New YorkGroup
2002Richard CaldicottHamiltons, LondonSolo
2002Richard CaldicottAriel Meyerowitz Gallery, New YorkSolo
2002Paris Photo '02HamiltonsGroup
2001Paris Photo ’01HamiltonsGroup
2001FreshJane Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta, GeorgiaGroup
2001Art Brussels 2001Hamiltons, Dorothée De Pauw GalleryGroup
2001Art Chicago 2001Finesilver GalleryGroup
2000Art Basel 31HamiltonsGroup
2000Art Brussels 2000Hamiltons, Dorothée De Pauw GalleryGroup
2000ART2000, 12th London Contemporary Art FairHouldsworth Fine ArtGroup
2000The Photography Show, AIPADHamiltons, New YorkGroup
2000Richard CaldicottFinesilver Gallery, San Antonio, TexasSolo
2000Richard CaldicottHamiltons, LondonSolo
2000Camera WorkBerlinSolo
1999Richard CaldicottHamiltons, LondonSolo
1999Richard CaldicottSuccession, LondonSolo
1999StillHouldsworth Fine Art, LondonGroup
1999Vintage ShowHamiltons, LondonGroup
1999Art Brussels ’99Dorothée De Pauw Gallery/HamiltonsGroup
1999Art Basel 30HamiltonsGroup
1999Silent Presence, Contemporary Still Life PhotographyStaatliche KunsthalleBaden BadenGroup
1999Travelling to Kunstverein BielefeldMarch April 2000Group
1999FIAC, ParisHamiltons, Dorothée De Pauw GalleryGroup
1999Paris Photo ’99HamiltonsGroup
1999The Photography ShowAIPAD/Hamiltons, New YorkGroup
1998Art Brussels ’98HamiltonsGroup
1998Out of FrameHamiltons, LondonGroup
1998Under ExposedXpoSeptember Stockholm FotofestivalGroup
1998The Discerning EyeMall Galleries, LondonGroup
1998Paris Photo ’98HamiltonsGroup
1998Richard CaldicottDorothée De Pauw Gallery, BrusselsSolo
1997On the Entity of Objects with Christopher MullerKunstmuseum BonnDuo
1997Ordinaire, OrdinaryMiller et Bertaux, ParisGroup
1997Art FrankfurtAlmut Gerber Gallery, KölnGroup
1996A Glass of WaterChelsea Arts Center, New YorkGroup
1996The Art ExchangeKagan Martos Gallery, New YorkGroup
1995Caldicott, Clegg & Guttmann, Gussin, McDonough, Muller, SmithRaume für neue Kunst, Rolf Hengesbach, WuppertalGroup
1995Art Basel 26Räume für neue Kunst, Rolf HengesbachGroup
1995Art KölnRäume für neue Kunst, Rolf HengesbachGroup
1994Gol!Mark Boote Gallery, New YorkGroup
1994Close EncountersIkon Gallery, BirminghamGroup
1994Foto 1curated by Christian Anstice, 152c Brick Lane, LondonGroup
1993Xenografia Nomadic Wall45th Venice BiennaleGroup
1992Seventeen, British and American ArtistsGreenwich St, New YorkGroup
1992Love at First SightThe Showroom, LondonGroup
1992In and Out, Back and Forth578 Broadway, New YorkGroup
1992How Noisy Everything GrowsRoyal College of Art, LondonGroup
1992Untitled7th Australian International Video FestivalGroup
1992Untitled15th Tokyo Video FestivalGroup
1991Five British Artists, Fünf Britische KünstlerThomas Backhaus Galerie, DüsseldorfGroup
1990From a Position of SafetyCiticorp, LondonGroup
1990Harvest BeigeCiticorp, LondonGroup
1990Original CopiesRoyal College of Art, LondonGroup
1988Project TitleChrome Factory, LondonGroup
1985Whitworth Young ContemporariesWhitworth Art Gallery, ManchesterGroup
1984Stowells TrophyThe Royal Academy, LondonGroup
1984New ContemporariesICA, LondonGroup
1983Stowells TrophyThe Royal Academy, LondonGroup