From his observations of others lives, as well as heavily autobiographical imagery of his own life in London and on his travels, mixed with memories of his childhood, and influenced by his love of soul and jazz (Gil Scott Heron to Marvin Gaye), books (James Ellroy) and, of course, film Ray Richardson gives us a canvas to be able to imagine the multiple stories of others and of our own.
Like the lyrics of the classic soul tune Memphis Soul Stew (the soundtrack tune to his childhood in Woolwich Dockyard in the 70s) you have to carefully blend all the instrumental ingredients to get the stew right. So, in truth, this is the story in the paintings of Ray Richardson; the various influences and ingredients that make up the whole mix and the edit and the cut; just beat well...
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