The Rich Mix Prize is a new strand, awarded to an artist who either grew up or studied in East London, who works in East London currently, or whose work demonstrates a particular response to East London. It was launched by Ashurst to support the great work Rich Mix do in the local East London area.
In astrogeology, ‘chaos terrain’ refers to a planetary surface area, where ridges, cracks and plains appear tangled and enmeshed. With this aesthetic in mind, combined with an enduring fascination with structural decay, ageing and interventions in cityscapes, Ralph’s works involve marks made by erasure using a number of different processes. While removing paint from the surface he is simultaneously mark-making.
“My works are complete when I feel creation and destruction of surface exist symbiotically. The fascination I have in the readymade aesthetic found on most streets corners, is the utilitarian way in which they’ve come into existence, made through an approach seemingingly unconcerned with aesthetic. Therefore they appear more spontaneous and opportunistic.” Ralph Hunter-Menzies