Olivier Richon | With Sheep - Animals Looking Sideways Series
Olivier Richon
With Sheep - Animals Looking Sideways Series
C-Type Color Photograph
2000, printed later
37 3/4 x 45 1/4 inches

Signed, dated, and editioned 2/3 on verso.

Olivier Richon | With Geese - Animals Looking Sideways
Olivier Richon
With Geese - Animals Looking Sideways Series
C-Type Color Photograph
2000, printed later
45 3/4 x 36 1/2 inches

Signed, dated, and editioned 2/3 on verso.

Olivier Richon | With Goat - Animals Looking Sideways Series
Olivier Richon
With Goat - Animals Looking Sideways Series
C-Type Color Photograph
2000, printed later
45 3/4 x 36 1/2 inches

Signed, dated, and editioned 2/3 on verso.

Olivier Richon | With Pigs - Animals Looking Sideways
Olivier Richon
With Pigs - Animals Looking Sideways Series
C-Type Color Photograph
2000, printed later
46 x 36 3/4 inches

Signed, dated, and editioned 2/3 on verso.

Olivier Richon | With Turkey - Animals Looking Sideways
Olivier Richon
With Turkey - Animals Looking Sideways Series
C-Type Color Photograph
2000, printed later
45 3/4 x 37 inches

Signed, dated, and editioned 2/3 on verso.

Olivier Richon | With Hen - Animals Looking Sideways
Olivier Richon
With Hen - Animals Looking Sideways Series
C-Type Color Photograph
2000, printed later
37 1/2 x 45 1/4 inches

Signed, dated, and editioned 2/3 on verso.

Olivier Richon | With Rabbits - Animals Looking Sideways Series
Olivier Richon
With Rabbits - Animals Looking Sideways Series
C-Type Color Photograph
2000, printed later
46 x 37 inches

Signed, dated, and editioned 2/3 on verso.

Olivier Richon | With Cock - Animals Looking Sideways
Olivier Richon
With Cock - Animals Looking Sideways Series
C-Type Color Photograph
2000, printed later
37 1/2 x 45 1/4 inches

Signed, dated, and editioned 2/3 on verso.

Olivier Richon | Arkwright Mills at Night, After Joseph Wright of Derby
Olivier Richon
Arkwright Mills at Night, After Joseph Wright of Derby - Imitatio Sapiens Series
C-Type Color Photograph
1987, printed later
37 x 44 1/2 inches

Signed, dated, and editioned 2/5 on verso.

Olivier Richon | The Buurkerk at Utrecht, After Pieter Saenredam
Olivier Richon
The Buurkerk at Utrecht, After Pieter Saenredam - Imitatio Sapiens Series
C-Type Color Photograph
1987, printed later
36 1/4 x 42 1/4 inches

Signed, dated, and editioned 2/5 on verso.

Olivier Richon | Melencolia, with Dog - Acedia Series
Olivier Richon
Melencolia, with Dog - Acedia Series
C-Type Color Photograph
2011
45 x 38 1/4 inches

Signed, dated, and editioned 1/5 on verso.

Olivier Richon’s color work that has preoccupied him since the 1980s focuses on staged portraits of animals and still lives, subjects that recall the classical allegorical tradition yet confuse conventional meanings. Richon often references Old Masters through his highly adept understanding of perspective, composition, and chiaroscuro lighting while also employing elements such as draped material that recall traditional still life painting. Approaching from a painterly and occasionally surreal direction, Richon’s photographs appear to imply highly specific meanings but resist simple interpretation. They promise a narrative content or meaning that might unfold over time or never at all. The work eloquently examines the ways in which photographs can embody the inanimate and animate while also creating a tension between the realism of the photograph and the highly constructed and personal meaning.

Olivier Richon was born in Lausanne in 1956 and he studied at the Polytechnic of Central London where he graduated with a BA (Hons) in Film and Photographic Arts in 1980 and a Masters of Philosophy in 1988. His work has been exhibited internationally since 1980 and is in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Arts Council of England; Musée d'art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; Museum Folkwang, Essen; National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto; Brooklyn Museum, New York; National Gallery of New South Wales, Australia; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Weltkulturen Museum, Frankfurt; Tate Britain, London; Fondazione Fotografia, Modena. Today he is a professor and head of the graduate school of photography at London's Royal College of Art. He has written extensively on matters of art and philosophy continues to probe the possibilities of the photographic medium.

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