These pages present work that began in January 2017 when Richard decided to channel his energy wholly into making and exhibiting Sculpture; to ‘discover what it is?’.
Throughout this time RPF (Richard Paul Farrington) has been visiting the roots of abstract art and artists of the 20th century alongside modern representation and scientific research into the material world. In his studio space are a variety of tools that allow him to use heat, electricity, gravity with a freedom and spontaneity that underlies the sculptures. Free Form expression!
After more than four decades of working with steel RPF has fine-tuned his ability to handle the assumed ‘solid’ material, creating fluid energized components that combine as sculptures. He participates in a wonderfully intuitive process where the work evolves with its own unique rules, often ending up virtually making itself.
Steel, principally iron ore, one of the most ancient materials known to man is awakened through heat from it’s primordial sleep. It is coaxed to dance, to collide and interact, in space echoing micro and macrocosmic places and Time beyond comprehension. A seemingly ordinary material is transformed to manifest it’s deeper nature.
Intrigued by particle physics and the Large Hadron Collider, dance and Flow, RPF welcomes the new forms that emerge as he works, avoiding preconceived expectations of how steel should be used.