Personal Statement

In a world increasingly saturated with digital technology and photographic imagery, a nostalgia for antique photographs and traditional modes of figurative and representational painting might seem like an anachronism. My paintings address this nostalgia, and express a longing for the ideals and aspirations of bygone eras (such as in the Romantic period, for example), whilst simultaneously acknowledging the fact that today such lofty idealism is seen as hopelessly naïve and outmoded. This is not meant as a critique of contemporary modes of creative thinking, but rather as a playful meandering between the contradictory aspirations that drive my creative output.

The Beckettian idea of failure is therefore a driving force behind my practice. The use of clichés, humour, absurdist caricatures and doubt pervade any higher aspirations that inhabit the work. Simultaneously saying yes and no, my work embodies a Sisyphean loop of repeated failure whilst stubbornly holding onto the Romantic inclinations that initially inspired the work.


2002–2005 The Royal Academy Schools, Post-graduate Diploma, Fine Art

1999–2002 Camberwell College of Art, BA (Hons) Degree, Painting (1st Class)

1998–1999 Chelsea College of Art and Design, Portfolio Preparation

Richard Moon is a British artist who lives and works in London. He is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Arts who, since graduation, has exhibited his work internationally on both sides of the Atlantic.


2006 Finalist – John Moores 24

2006 Finalist – The Celeste Art Prize