Heroic Sculpture By Richard Stone

Tabish Khan
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Heroic Sculpture By Richard Stone
Richard Stone, the englishmen, 2014. Image courtesy of the artist and Kristin Hjellegjerde
Richard Stone, the englishmen, 2014. Image courtesy of the artist and Kristin Hjellegjerde
Richard Stone, when a land becomes a sea, 2014. Image courtesy of the artist and Kristin Hjellegjerde
Richard Stone, when a land becomes a sea, 2014. Image courtesy of the artist and Kristin Hjellegjerde
Richard Stone, a rock, a rook, 2014. Image courtesy of the artist and Kristin Hjellegjerde
Richard Stone, a rock, a rook, 2014. Image courtesy of the artist and Kristin Hjellegjerde
Richard Stone, only in the ruins will you be free, 2014. Image courtesy of the artist and Kristin Hjellegjerde
Richard Stone, only in the ruins will you be free, 2014. Image courtesy of the artist and Kristin Hjellegjerde
Richard Stone, there were fireworks in the sky (diptych), 2014. Image courtesy of the artist and Kristin Hjellegjerde
Richard Stone, there were fireworks in the sky (diptych), 2014. Image courtesy of the artist and Kristin Hjellegjerde

Richard Stone is a young painter and sculptor who has drawn inspiration from schools as diverse as late Impressionism and classical Greek sculpture to create an exhibition of landscapes and figurative sculpture, depicting a sense of romantic heroism.

His landscape paintings range from jagged black peaks that seem imposing in the distance to a hazy scene where details can just about be seen through the mist and fog — almost like a gloomier Turner. Though these paintings are technically proficient, the sheer number of landscape painters working today means it's a field that's hard to stand out in.

Where Stone has the edge, and arguably his more impressive works, is in his sculptures. A bronze man strides purposefully forward against the wind as his clothing is blown back and the man and cloth become one undifferentiated yet determined mass. Another bronze features a man at rest yet his upper body suggests a strength and power, while two small boxers eye each other up across a plinth before they engage in a duel.

The works feel like a modern interpretation of classical Greek and Roman statues, which often depicted their gods or heroes either fighting or in a pose that showed strength and honour. Stone's other sculptures depict a veiled woman and a flag that seems to have been caught rippling in the breeze and then instantly metamorphosed into marble.

It's refreshing to see a contemporary artist working in marble as many young artists have abandoned it due to the difficulty of the medium.

Kristin Hjellegjerde gallery in Wandsworth is making a name for itself for showcasing impressive young artists and Stone is no exception, particularly when it comes to his sculptures.

Richard Stone: Gleam is on at Kristin Hjellegjerde, 533 Old York Road, SW18 1TG until 12 October. The gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am - 6pm. Entrance is free.

Last Updated 16 September 2014