Richard Galpin

Born in 1975 in Cambridgeshire, UK, Galpin holds a BFA from the University of the West of England and a MFA from Goldsmiths College, London. Photographing the urban landscape, Galpin abstracts these images by either destroying or constructing the surface of the photo through a variety of innovative methods such as sanding and varnishing. Solo exhibitions include Franklin Art Works (MN), Brancolini Grimaldi Arte Contemporanea (Rome), Galeria Leme (São Paulo) and Hales Gallery (London). Select group exhibitions include the British Museum (London), Norton Art Museum (Palm Beach), Marlborough Chelsea and Museum of Contemporary Art Lima (Peru). In 2010, the artist’s first major public commission, Viewing Station, was realized at The High Line (NY). Galpin's work can be found in esteemed collections including the British Government Art Collection (UK), British Museum (UK), Victoria & Albert Museum (UK), RISD (US) and Deutsche Bank. Galpin lives and works in London. 


Richard Galpin's Website


Richard Galpin: Kennington Chartist Project


Richard Galpin: Alberta Fruit Commons


Richard Galpin: The Bloody Marvel & London Freedom Seed Bank


Using Construction Materials, Sculptor Richard Galpin Explores Urban Development Bridget Gleeson, Artsy
November 20, 2015
Galpin Gives BOOM Times at Cristin Tierney Oscar Laluyan, Artefuse
November 4, 2015
Richard Galpin, Slow Boom Fantom Editions
October 21, 2015
In ‘The Architectural Impulse,’ Art Aspires Holland Cotter, The New York Times
August 13, 2015
A Cohort of Artists Show How Architecture Informs the Everyday Alexandra Alexa, Artsy
August 7, 2015
Financial Muscle: The work of Richard Galpin

By Robert Wilson, Block Magazine


"The source material for these works by Richard Galpin, whose studio was located in the shadow of the Shard as it was being built, are photographs of the vast construction projects and glossy, gridded façades of the towers of finance still rising in and around the City of London."

The Age of Collage: Richard Galpin

In The Age of Collage


"British artist Richard Galpin creates 'excised photographs' using a unique technique in which he uses a scalpel to carefully score and peel away the surface emulsion of his own photographs of contemporary cities."

Fragmented Finishes: Richard Galpin
September 1, 2010

By Michele Robecchi, Fantom


"In chemistry as in art, the notion of order and disorder differs from our habitual understanding of what they are; Galpin's fragmented images perfectly reflect the transitory dimension of the world that surrounds us."

Richard Galpin 'Elevation' at Hales Gallery, London
April 28, 2009

By Denna Jones, Builder


"Richard Galpin's works in the Hales Gallery exhibition are the legatees of Matta-Clark's 1970s urban blight. His cities of urban abandonment have evolved into Galpin's 21st century metropolises--the City's 'Square Mile,' Manchester, Chicago and New York City--blighted by deficit finances, and asset stripped to rickety frameworks."

Welcome to the Geometric Imaginarium
June 20, 2008

By Christina Schmid, The Rake


"Richard Galpin's imaginary cities result from a process that renders the putatively two-dimensional photographs of cityscapes into quasi-sculptural pieces."

Reviews: Richard Galpin
February 1, 2006

By Minna Proctor, Art Review


"There is a certain exquisite presumption to the act of deleting significant chunks of a busy cityscape - carving for example, empty, truly empty, space into Times Square - as Richard Galpin does in recent works Automaton and Dazzle Camouflage, part of his debut New York solo show at Roebling Hall."

Less is More An artist erases photographs to create abstract compositions of stunning beauty
March 1, 2005

By Reena Jana, Art on Paper


"In Richard Galpin’s elegant compositions, full of dazzling geometries that suggest fantastical architectural structures, the familiar becomes strange, and the strange familiar."