New- @The Grosvenor Museum: Chester Artist Richard Woods

A VIBRANT MODERN PRINT

PRESENTED TO THE GROSVENOR MUSEUM

A vibrant modern print by the Chester-born artist Richard Woods has been presented to

the city’s Grosvenor Museum in memory of the journalist Trevor Chesters.

Peter Boughton, the museum’s Keeper of Art, said: “Richard Woods was born in Chester

in 1966 and studied at Winchester School of Art and the Slade School of Fine Art, London.

His ‘architectural interventions’ see him resurfacing existing structures in an absurdist

response to the cult of home improvement and DIY aesthetics. Over the past few years he

has designed a sensational interior for the Comme des Garçons flagship store in Osaka,

orchestrated the mock Tudor overhaul of a private residence in New York, transformed the

interior of Cary Grant’s former Hollywood home, and re-paved a courtyard for the Venice

Biennale. He has shown in more than 60 exhibitions across three continents and his work

is represented in major public collections.”

Richard Woods is best-known for resurfacing interiors and exteriors with brightly coloured

and exaggerated depictions of building materials, block printed onto plywood sheeting.

The artist explained: “The block printing method forces you into a simplification of the

original image. The language I use is the language of advertising and graphic design. It’s

the language of the street. I like using a cartoony palette of graphic simplicity.”

The Grosvenor Museum has acquired a colour-printed woodcut, made in 2013 and called

“Remnant no.6 (inside the bedroom cupboard)”. It relates to the block printed cartoon

versions of woodgrain planks which are Richard Woods’s signature motif. “I started doing

them because a long time ago I used to lay laminate flooring as a job and I liked the idea

of making my own laminate flooring.”

Commenting on his vibrant colours, Richard Woods said: “My earliest remembered

experience of the visual world was looking at the wallpaper and lino at home in Chester.

The motifs were very rural but the colours in the early 1970s were all purple and oranges

and crimsons. The artificiality of the colour against the imagery has stayed with me. My

colours are abstracted and removed from reality.”

Councillor Louise Gittins, Deputy Leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council and

Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Culture, Health and Wellbeing, said: “Richard Woods’s

woodcut is now on display in the exhibition ‘Frances Disley: Metamorphosis’, which runs

until 19 July. It is one of a number of works from the museum’s collection which Frances

Disley has selected to complement her own colourful pieces. The Richard Woods print

was presented by Mrs Yvonne Chesters in memory of her husband Trevor Chesters, and

we are enormously grateful for her great generosity.”

Mrs Yvonne Chesters said: “Trevor Chesters, Cestrian and journalist, was a well-liked and

fondly remembered local figure. He started his career on the Cheshire Observer in the

late 1940s as a junior reporter. Trevor transferred to national newspapers in the 1960s,

working in Manchester and later in Fleet Street. Rather than leave his beloved city, he

chose to commute to London. Trevor’s interests were wide, encompassing gold mining,

archaeology (he took part in the Heronbridge dig as a young man) and art.”

The Grosvenor Museum is open Monday – Saturday 10.30-5 and Sunday 1-4, admission

Richard Woods.  Remnant No 6 (inside the bedroom cupboard)
Richard Woods. Remnant No 6 (inside the bedroom cupboard)
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