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Ricky is concerned with feelings rather than current preoccupations with Things. His feelings, like bone splinters, wound as they possess him. He uses the physical language of action – ‘to paint’ – to relieve him of the oppressive burden.
The modest things that count to him in his day-by-day life are tools and vital materials: canvas, gesso, brushes, pencils, oils, turpentine, Indian ink, charcoal and oil sticks. His richly illustrated notebooks dashed with swathes of colour lead to his austere painted canvases.
Ricky is self-conscious. For some this leads to self-preoccupation. For some, as Ricky
it is a curse imposed upon those who are susceptible to other’s agony. Because of this he conjures his character’s out of finely ground earth, out of an imagination sustained by compassion, and out of the inexplicable madness of others. Often he asks, “Why”, as should we all.
This appreciation of his work shows his working practice, some of his many paintings and reveals the sense of an artist of our times.
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