Since the artist’s acclaimed series featuring Tupperware in the 1990s, Richard Caldicott has continually challenged photographic codes of representation in favour of new aesthetic and symbolic intentions. Employing traditional analog photography methods, Caldicott imbues his minimalist set of components with rich, vibrant colour. The result is stunningly beautiful abstract work that is both self-contained and part of a larger dialogue, with nods to iconic minimalism, Colour Field paintings, and pop re-appropriation.
Debuting his new series of photograms and paper negative work at Sous Les Etoiles Gallery, New York in 2014, met with more critical acclaim. Vince Aletti for The New Yorker wrote:
"The British photographer’s elegant new pictures are abstractions, pared down to shape, line, and colour. A series of small- scale diptychs combine simple black-and- white photograms with the paper stencils in bright green, blue, red, and yellow that he used to create them. Although the work is light and unpretentious, echoes of Kasimir Malevich, Ellsworth Kelly, and Robert Mangold give it some weight. Larger abstractions bold compositions of bars and rectangles look more like paintings than photographs, betrayed only by their flatness and the tendency, here and there, of the colour to blush and flare as light leaks out of Caldicott’s strict geometries."
This simplistic procedure explored in Caldicott’s drawings open up the possibility for infinite progression and continued exploration. Unlike Caldicott’s photographs, which rely on transparency and saturation, the works on paper possess the freedom to delve into the interplay between space, form and colour, naturally resulting in larger bodies of work.
Sir Elton John, very passionate art collector who owns one of the largest photography collections in the world, said about Caldicott: “Richard has the unique ability to transform the medium of photography, creating something new, but still using the most traditional technique. Richard is one of those artists who elevate photography to an important and recognized form of contemporary expression.”
Although he is most well known for his photographs comprised of specific arrangements of Tupperware containers,
Caldicott’s Tape Drawings, Envelope drawings, and ink-jet prints are inextricably linked through their minimal aesthetic and focus.
Caldicott has had an extensive artistic career, and has been active since 1983. Recent solo exhibitions include Richard Caldicott Recent Work 2010-2013 at Sous Les Etoiles Gallery, New York in 2014 and Richard Caldicott: Photographs and Drawings at A|B|C ontemporary, Armin Berger Gallery, Zurich in 2012. Recent group exhibitions include, 'Light Works: The Art of the Photogram' ATLAS Gallery, London, 2015. 'PRIME TIME, Archetypes of Abstraction in Photography'. Curated by Ralf Hanselle. Diehl Cube, Berlin, 2016. Camera-less, Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 2016. 'Imperfect Reverse', Curated by Laurence Noga in conjunction with Saturation Point, Camberwell College of Art Project Space, London, 2016. 'Concrete and Generative Photography/Part 2. The Contemporaries'. Photo Edition Berlin, 2016.
His work has been exhibited extensively in solo and group shows, as well as several art fairs, including Art Basel, Photo Miami, Paris Photo, FIAC, and the Venice Biennale.