Archive of Author | Richard Talbot

Richard Talbot is currently Head of Fine Art at Newcastle University. He studied at Goldsmiths’ College and at Chelsea School of Art, and was awarded the Rome Scholarship in Sculpture in 1980. In 2004, he was awarded a major AHRC Fellowship in The Creative and Performing Arts at Newcastle University, and has since become a permanent member of staff there.

His work includes large-scale drawings, sculpture, and more recently, video/installation. His research and studio practice is centred on contemporary drawing, but he brings to this a particular interest in the theory, history and practice of perspective. He is particularly known for his large pencil drawings, which have been seen in exhibitions such as the Jerwood Drawing Prize, the Jerwood ‘Drawing Breath’ exhibitions, and more recently in ‘Inbetween the Lines: Contemporary British Drawing’ at Trinity Fine Art in London.

His drawings are constructed using the strict rules of perspective, but play with and incorporate the tensions created between the plans and elevations, generated construction lines and marks, and the resulting spatial image. The ‘workings-out’, and ‘pentimenti’ are left on the paper and become essential and integral elements alongside the more structured perspective constructions.

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A perspective on drawing

Richard Talbot is currently Head of Fine Art and Professor of Contemporary Drawing at Newcastle University. His work includes large-scale drawings, sculpture, and more recently, video/installation. His research and studio practice is centred on contemporary drawing, but he brings to this a particular interest in the theory, history and practice of perspective. His interest in drawing, and in particular his use of perspective, has developed out of originally making sculpture and finding that drawing and the investigation of line, plane and space, lay at the root of much of his theoretical and creative concerns. This in turn has led to an investigation into many areas of drawing practice – but in particular, the role that linear perspective plays in that practice.