'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.'
'Operation Trust' 2021 pastel and charcoal on Arches paper 120cm x 140cm
'Street Boogaloo' (Keep Left Stay Left) 2021 pastel and charcoal on Arches paper 120cm x 150cm
'The Grey Cardinal's Last Act' 2021 pastel and charcoal on Arches paper 120cm x 140cm
'Doublespeak' 2021 oil on Arches paper 120cm x 140cm
'The Unfit Don't fit' 2021 oil on Arches paper 113cm x 150cm
'Loch Doon Trout 1981' (The Human Mind Perturbed) 2021 oil, charcoal and pastel on Arches paper 113cm x 150cm
'Connectivity and the complete rejection of rational thought' 2021 pastel and pigment on Arches paper 113cm x140cm
'Informed Consent' (after Manet) 2021 pastel, charcoal and pigment on Arches paper 120cm x 150cm
'The Milking Parlour' 2021 pastel on Clairefontaine Pastelmat paper 50cm x 36cm
'The Drunken Boat' 2021 oil, pastel and coloured pencil on Arches paper 22cm x 30cm
'The Unfit' (after Planned Parenthood) 2021 oil, pastel and coloured pencil on Arches paper 22cm x 30cm
'Man Down' 2021 oil and collage on Arches paper 25cm x 22cm