Kes Richardson 'Passengers through the Badlands'

6 Nov 2020 – 15 Nov 2020

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In the first solo presentation of his work in Cornwall Richardson displays three oversized paintings in acrylic on heavy PVC derived from small marker pen studies on paper.


Passengers Through the Badlands

Exhibition: Friday 6 November – Sunday 15 November
Private View: Saturday 7 November

Mowed Jethro’s lawn t’other day. Heller watercolour collection, you. 
Grass has gone now. African bush, shorn. 

Red dragon. Red seal. Men in grey suits. Neoprene and salt. 
UKIP boarded up. 

Country back. 
County back. 
Back country. 
Back lane past Egloskerry. Eggs on cherry. Hold back Molly. Cavalcade of pas’ies up Ginsters last night. Right pile up just off the A30. Battle of San Romano.
Skate Rag twat cap. Peaked before MAGA, MCA (RIP), Meow Meow and megaLOLs.
Out of towners. Coming over here. Comin’ up castle? Down park? Silly on psilocybin. Whose mouth is this anyway? Breathing chest of drawers. Breathless chest. Trapped in a phone box. Time lord. 
Reverse charges. Multiverses, sweaty backs and white horses. Liquid vision. Sensei floored in a puddle of piss. Golden section.

Grids. Negative space. Bacon. Barnecutt’s.

Where does your skin end? Tintoretto’s long neck. Six foot arms. 
Passengers through the Badlands.
Seagram’s are back Pete. Still fizzing.


Auction House is pleased to announce Passengers Through the Badlands, a solo exhibition by Kes Richardson.

The artist grew up near Launceston in east Cornwall and studied in Falmouth. Although regularly returning to visit friends and family he has now lived in London for longer than he did in the county. This gives a particular, removed perspective but also one imbued with nostalgia of formative years crucial to experience and development, both personally and in relation to painting. 

In the first solo presentation of his work in Cornwall Richardson displays three oversized paintings in acrylic on heavy PVC derived from small marker pen studies on paper. He sees the paintings as belligerent interlopers, gurning (self?) portraits of sorts whose hurried forms shift in and out of assemblage; transitory in time and space. A peaked cap adorns each head; a reoccurring motif that serves as a pictorial wayfinder and is a referent to the headwear welded to the artist’s skull as a young teenager.


Kes Richardson b. 1976, lives and works in London.

Solo exhibitions include Spoiler at Ridgeway Road, London; Droor’ngs and Fair Game at FOLD gallery, London. Group exhibitions include Bad Actors at Karst, Plymouth; Notes on Painting II, The Koppel Project Central, London; The Inhuman/difficult transition/, Thames-side Studios Gallery, London; Painting & Structure, Kennington Residency, London; garten a.V., Frontviews Temporary, Berlin.


Private view 
Saturday 7 November 3pm – 9pm
Food and hot drinks will be available from Beats & Roots Café. Free entry.

We will be following Government C-19 guidelines and limiting numbers within the exhibition space at any one time. Although not essential, booking is recommended so help limit numbers. Please wear a mask and follow social distancing rules.

Book in advance here

Exhibition opening times
Friday – Sunday 11am – 5pm
Or by appointment. Please email auctionhouseart@gmail.com


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