Approved: 30.03.2016

Richard Starbuck


Approved: 30.03.2016

Born 1981, lives and works in London.

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Artist Statement

Born 1981, lives and works in London.

"Richard Starbuck is a collector of the mysterious and the strange, and his favorite hunting ground is America. "I have always looked to America for strange stories. Throughout the years I have listened to US radio shows like Coast To Coast AM, and in turn their fascinating subjects have crept into my work." Focusing on the phenomena of UFOs and cow mutilation, Starbuck's work is a personal snapshot of counterculture through a psychedelic monoscope." - Hendershot Gallery NY

"The black mane of hair which fills many of these works, acts as a trope for mystery and concealment. It is what we cannot see, but suspect is there, which is more alluring – or terrifying. The hair functions like a stage curtain, a semi-permeable integument which separates us from the unknown. Starbuck has long been fascinated by various underground belief systems, from ufology and cattle mutilation (see his earlier series Strange Harvest III and Strange Harvest II) to alien abduction and corn circles. It is not so much that the artist himself has a belief in any of these cult phenomena; it is more particularly a fascination with the social and psychological systems of belief which underpin them." - Richard Dyer (Art critic and Editor in Chief of Third Text, the international scholarly journal which offers critical perspectives on contemporary art and culture)

"Using hair as a signifier, Starbuck’s works focus on concealment and suggestion, hinting at what could be lurking just out of sight. In his oil paintings, disembodied masses of heavy black hair twist and coil like snakes, bringing to mind the sinister black-haired entity in the Japanese horror film ‘Ring’ (‘Ringu’). Meanwhile, his sculptures of everyday objects draped in thick hair suggest strange creatures. Starbuck taps into that common childhood fear of the dark, in which inanimate objects transform swiftly into monsters, and dark shadows take on sinister shapes. - Emma de Clercq (Infringe Magazine)

CV & Education

Born 1981, London. Lives and works in London.

Solo Shows:

Chaetophobia, Strange Glue Studios, London 12th Dec 2015
Cosmic Giggles, Backroom Gallery, London 2017

Selected Group Shows:

Early Warning, &Model Gallery, Leeds 16th March - 2nd April 2016
The London Art Group Open 2015, Cello Gallery, London 26th Oct - 6th Nov 2015
Open West 2015, The Wilson, Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum,  Cheltenham 16 May - 28 June 2015
Standing On the Frontier Vol 2, Unit 24 Gallery, London 24 April - 8th May 2014
Barbican Artworks Open Prize 2013, Artworks Project Space, London 30th Aug- 22nd Sept 2013
The Story of the Creative, The Angel Orensanz Foundation, New York 25th July - 10th Sept 2013
The Georgie Project, The Griffin Gallery, London 4th Dec 2012
The Threadneedle Art Prize, Mall Galleries, The Mall, London 26th Sept - 13th Oct 2012
The Perfect Nude, Charlie Smith Gallery, Curated by Dan Coombs & Phil Allen, London 5th-28th July 2012
Candid Berlin, Universität der Künste, Berlin 03–18 May 2012
The Cow & Angels, Hendershot Gallery, 195 Chrystie Street, New York 4th Nov - 9th Dec 2011
Drawgasmic, 2720 / Art Dimensions Gallery, St. Louis USA, July 10th 2010
What Happends After the Ball? Decima Gallery, 55-56 St. James's Street, London 4th December 2009
Jerwood Space, (Installation) London Jan 2007

Art Prizes:

Shortlisted for The Threadneedle Art Prize 2012
Shortlisted for the Barbican Artworks Open Prize 2013


Fine Art Degree at City & Guilds London Art School 2003 - 2006
Masters at City & Guilds London Art School 2006 – 2007


Infringe Magazine


CCQ Magazine



Inside Artists

Hendershot Gallery

Jerwood Space