Sculptor Richard Hudson was born in 1954 in Yorkshire, England, he lives and works in Madrid.
Richard Hudson has a directly hands-on relationship with the materials he uses and in his approach to the organic form. This considerable skill makes him one of the few sculptors of his generation able to execute traditional sculpture within the world of contemporary visual arts. His work is, first and foremost, a persuasive argument to re-evaluate Western sculpture in the long tradition of creating beauty and, more specifically, in its substance. Beauty unfolds through a sensory adventure, giving the viewer a sense of balance and harmony. A hallowed sense which each culture has redefined in their own way over the course of history.
The co-existance and juxtaposition of the ancient and the modern are constant fundamentals in Richard Hudson’s work. The inherent attraction of the female form, that eternal symbol emulated throughout our cultural history, is interpreted in a broadly recognisable sense and also in its very core. Throughout the history of art, sculptors since the time of the Willendorf Venus (circa 22,000 BC) have moulded feminine curves in search of reflecting the essence of woman: of her fertility, power and beauty of form. Outside art historical associations, in the fields of psychology, anthropology and cultural studies, beauty can be seen to be born from a critical reflection on the significance of our very existence. The desire for beauty appears to be etched deeply into the human psyche.
Richard Hudson is a master in working directly with his materials. He expands sculptural practice in his skill and workmanship and in the subtle balance of his forms. His highly polished steel surfaces embrace and reflect their surroundings, while the enticing bronzes reach out to be caressed.
Hudson is a world away from those conceptual practioners who have no physical contact with their work and who constantly re-invent themselves. Richard Hudson has earned the name artist through long contemplation, the solitude of the studio, the painstaking work of creating by hand. His is a different rhythm, one achieved through a true relationship with his materials and the visual stimulus of the world around him.
“Whilst Brancusi, Arp or Moore inspire a great part of his sculptural work closer to the occidental tradition, the artist still allows space for the free interpretation of Duchamp’s or Warhol’s countersigns. Endowed with an incredible intuition and ability, sensual, ironic, unembarrassed..., surreal with a Dadaist touch and the heart of a great romantic, Richard Hudson has, with no doubt a large sculptural imagination.” – Pilar Ribal – Simo January 2004 , Art Critic
Richard Hudson has had a many exhibitions in galleries around the world, including: Beijing, China; Leeds, England; London, England; Dallas, Texas; Marbella, Spain; Valencia, Spain; and Mallorca, Spain. Recent exhibitions include: Monumental Sculptures Al Fresco at Great Fosters, UK (2011-2013); Beyond Limits, Sotheby's Chatsworth, UK (2008-2012); Estampa, Madrid, Spain; Esbaluard. Museo D, Art , Modern Contemporani de Palma Mallorca, Spain; Museum Palau de la Musica de Valencia, (Public Exhibition), Spain, (Solo).
Hudson’s wok is featured in the following colections: Tamara Mellon Collection; Manolo March Collection; SAS Prince Albert II of Monaco Collection; Gary Nader Collection; Christian Ringnes Collection; Lady Rothermere Collection; Espirito Santo Collection; Terry Fisher Collection; Dino Goulandris Collection; Tim Jefferies Collection; Sir Elton John Collection; Michael Douglas & Catherine Zeta Jones Collection; Esbaluard. Museum of Modern Art, Mallorca, Spain; Edward & Maryam Eisler Collection.