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 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.
Richard Woods features in UK’s largest-ever outdoor exhibition
The Gallery presents 11 artworks responding to the theme The State We’re In on thousands of billboards and outdoor digital screens across the UK.
Picture Gallery: Richard Woods on his contribution to the UK’s largest-ever outdoor exhibition.
“I like the idea that we’re all familiar with an image of a house, and that by altering it, you can give the impression that something is amiss.”
Richard Woods: The Small House
New work by Richard Woods
Richard Woods: Holiday Home
Richard Woods: #MasksForMeals
In the Press: Richard Woods' Estate
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
Frieze Sculpture 2018: Richard Woods
Richard Woods Artists in Lockdown
Richard Woods: DIY installation
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