Richard Woods was born in Chester, England, in 1966 and graduated from the Slade School of Fine Art, London in 1990, where he trained as a sculptor. Woods is well known for his architectural installations and re-surfacing of structures that propose an absurd twist on the cult of home improvement and DIY aesthetics. His works are characterised by cartoon-like decorative surfaces, bold patterns and vibrant colours.
Woods completed a major architectural commission in South Korea for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, designed an interior for the Comme des Garçons' flagship store in Osaka, orchestrated the mock Tudor overhaul of a private residence in New York and transformed the interior of Cary Grant's former Hollywood residence for its new owner, Jeffrey Deitch. In 2003, his re-paving of a cloistered courtyard was the centrepiece of The Henry Moore Foundation's exhibition at the 50th International Venice Biennale of Art.
Recent exhibitions and projects include: Southwark Cathedral, London (2022); Frieze Sculpture, London (2018, 2013); Chelsea Space, London (2017); Folkestone Triennial (2017); Eastside Projects, Birmingham (2016); Festival of Love, Southbank Centre, London (2015); Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff (2015); Albion Barn, Oxford (2015); Bloomberg Space, London (2012) and Victoria and Albert Museum, London (2009).
His works are held in major collections including the Saatchi Collection, London; Arts Council England, London; Victoria and Albert Museum; London; British Museum, London and the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Richard Woods lives and works in London.
News, Events & Museum Exhibitions
Richard Woods features in UK’s largest-ever outdoor exhibition
Richard Woods: The Small House
New work by Richard Woods
Richard Woods: Holiday Home
Richard Woods: #MasksForMeals
Richard Woods: Dream Homes
Richard Woods: 'Holiday Home (White City)'
Holiday Home (Milwaukee) by Richard Woods
Richard Woods: Peckham Park
Richard Woods at The Object Library
Build It Up: Michael Iveson & Richard Woods
Installation: Richard Woods' Estate
Review: Richard Woods at Frieze Sculpture
Richard Woods Artists in Lockdown
Richard Woods: DIY installation
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