Richard Proffitt: to a wasted shimmer, lasting state
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The spectral warping of paint in these works on paper creates shapes and timbres that barely function as descriptors and instead drift in and out of clarity, with flourishes that perforate soft layers of ambiguous background scenery. Techniques employed arrive by chance and references to the history of painting are incidental with mercurial boundaries between real and recollected.
The ethereal landscapes of To a wasted shimmer, lasting state offer alternate realities or portals into a parallel world. They represent a balancing act between deciphering a mood and the physical nature of the painterly process. They half remember experiences from a formative time, like growing up in a suburban council estate before the internet connected those with subcultural dispositions and arcane musical taste.
Extract from an accompanying text by Ingrid Lyons
Richard Proffitt (born Liverpool, UK, 1985) is an artist based in Dublin, Ireland. Proffitt’s work in painting, sculpture and sound is inspired by a stream of consciousness recollection of histories, memories, dreams, fact and fiction, and driven by an interest in found material that consists of thematically sourced objects, paper ephemera, junk and sound recordings. Proffitt has exhibited both nationally and internationally and recent exhibitions include A Memory Circular, Kevin Kavanagh, Dublin, (2021) EVA International, Limerick City, (2021) May the moon rise and the sun set, UCC/Glucksman, Cork, (2019) and Display, Link & Cure, The Complex, Dublin, (2019). Proffitt studied Fine Art (MA) at Manchester School of Art, 2007-08, and Visual Arts (BA) at University of Salford, 2004-2007. Upcoming solo exhibitions include Visual Carlow (2023) and Kevin Kavanagh, Dublin (2023).
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