Richard Meaghan paints what it feels like to be human; visions of his time that are provocative and unflinching. His work is deeply autobiographical, and interrogates, among other things, tropes relating to masculinity, love and illness.
Meaghan draws inspiration from an eclectic array of popular, social and political sources, from Instagram yoga girls and their first world problems dominated by 'likes' to a media manipulated world where propaganda reigns, and gender stereotypes that wrongly perpetuate a narrative that masculinity is problematic.
In a world that promotes highly moralistic and repressed beliefs, we are no longer free to express ourselves without fear of insulting or offending. Meaghan's work confronts this cognitive dissonance with reflections of a deeply personal nature and sardonic observations of a dysfunctional society in a way that mirrors Neue Sachlichkeit (New Objectivity) and the post WW1 artists of the Weimar Republic; Beckmann, Grosz and Dix. The concepts and compositions of these artists are particularly important and are specifically incorporated into his own work to mimic their dark realism that exposes the moral degradation occurring in society.
Richard’s studio is in a biscuit factory in Liverpool where he paints and draws every day and eats chocolate hobnobs. He studied Fine Art at Staffordshire University and Wirral Metropolitan College and on graduating was awarded a travel grant to study Renaissance Art in Italy where he was taught how to make oil paint in a Monasterial retreat just north of Lake Garda. The resulting work was awarded first prize in the Sefton Open, followed shortly with his first solo public exhibition at the Atkinson Art gallery, Southport where his work was bought for their collection. Richard was chosen as one of three emerging artists to exhibit alongside Turner Prize winners Chris Ofili and Keith Tyson in ‘Exposed’ (Art and Culture in England’s North West) and was shortlisted for the Liverpool Art Prize in 2009. Richard has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally and recent exhibitions have included, 'The Sense of Things' Durden and Ray, Los Angeles 2017, 'Art & Christianity Now' Southwell Minster, Nottingham 2018 and 'My Artists Telescope' Jerwood gallery 2019 (online exhibition curated by Nigel Cooke), 'The Undersides of Leaves' a solo installation of works on paper, Paper gallery 2020 and future exhibitions include 'The Gentle Sound of Thunder' Dekka Arts, 2020,'Renaissance Nightmares' Dean Clough galleries and 'The Crucial Image' Winchester Cathedral planned for 2022.