Richard Stone is an established British artist and maker whose practice explores stillness and movement. Reconfiguring historical themes in art, he urges reflection on the current moment while raising the possibility of a reflexive transcendence.
We had the pleasure of discovering Richard in the process of developing an art collection for key areas of The OWO. Through creatively and flexibly responding to creative client briefs, Richard shifted his practice from the realm of fine art into product design. The result is equal art object and bespoke interior design; it simultaneously captures the past and present, offering guests a unique perspective on the local history of their stay while getting an insight into London's local artistic community.
Both art and design benefit from expressing emotions and telling stories. A core argument for their differences usually states that "design has to function and help achieve a specific goal - art is just meant to provoke thought and emotions". Through this commissions facilitated by Artiq, Richard successfully managed to do both.
A big thank you to Hotel Designs for a magical evening and congratulations to all the other winners and finalists.
Sculptures by Richard Stone, commissioned by Artiq