Richard Hoey has recently returned to the UK after having spent the past years living and working in Brazil. Hoey’s practice is directly informed through his experience of living between these two cultures. The artist says “My work deals with questions of identity. My own individual identity and national identity. I find myself in a position where I am witness to the effects of Neo-colonialism on Brazil. I use visual references which evidence these effects.”
Hoey employs tactile materials such as gesso, flock paper and metal leaf as a substrate on which to produce multi layered works with highly detailed surfaces. For the artist, the materiality of his work acts as a conductor between the inner and outer worlds of human experience. The materials employed serve as a code, each with its own correspondence.