Born in 1973, Richard Shipley is an abstract painter who hails originally from York, where he began painting in the 1980’s as the graffiti artist CageOne; now residing in Bristol in the South West of England, Richard’s artwork is continually evolving and has been stripped back in to a pure abstract aesthetic, which features in popular culture, private collections and Art exhibitions across the globe.
The dominant feature in Richard’s work is light in the urban environment and how it is dispersed, dramatically casting shadows and reflecting across different surfaces, creating contrasting tones and textures. His work immerses the viewer in a conceptual yet soulful representation of the human condition, and subtly invokes whispers of vulnerability and fear.
The work is produced using a variety of materials, from aerosols to charcoal on either wooden panels, canvas or paper. Ranging from very minimal, subtle pieces to bold angular shapes, often blended with aggressive undertones.
With an inspired acknowledgment of such pioneers as Boccioni and Lowry, Richard Shipley manifests both depth of movement and emotive expression whilst retaining a crafted economy of rich simplicity.