Richard Nott ‘HISTOLYSIS’ Interview film

“But every seed is useless if it remains as it is, if it does not decay and become black; because corruption always precedes generation. It is this way that Nature proceeds in all its operations, and when we want to imitate it, we must also blacken before whitening, without which we will only produce rejects.”

La Lumière sortant par soi-même des Ténèbres, Carrelage

Viewing the work is witnessing a protracted collision of processes. An evolution of matter. Exposed, concealed, exposed, concealed – continuously. The consequence of years spent. My history merging with the history of the elements used.

I have no interest in illusionistic ‘texture’ – the work must be its own entity – have its own story. Be its own statement. It is an organic object – a living thing.

Histolysis – tissue breaks down, material metamorphosis’s, through chaos and control. Destruction, erosion, decomposition – detritus leads to new creation. The work carves its own path, moved by forces beyond my hand and control, like rock moved by an unhurried glacier.

I would like to think that my paintings at their best, allow me to contemplate a cycle of existence. Not a beginning with an end but a journey where genesis leads to dissolution, and on once again to genesis. An ongoing sequence beyond mortal confines. Something eternal. Alchemy.

Richard Nott, 2014

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Richard Nott gained his Fine Art degree at Lancashire Polytechnic and his MA in fine art at Reading University.In 1985 he acted as an assistant to Andy Goldsworthy on site-specific sculptures in the Lake District. He was gallery assistant at the Royal Academy from 1986-7 and at Oldham Art Gallery from 1991-2. He won the South West Arts Visual Arts and Photography Award in 1994. He gained a residency at the 12th International Weeks of Painting in 1999 and exhibited the work produced in Austria and Slovenia. He was selected for the ‘Art Now Cornwall’ exhibition at the Tate St Ives and is an elected member of the Newlyn Society of Arts. His work is in numerous private art collections worldwide.


Richard Nott 'HISTOLYSIS' Millennium St Ives

Richard Nott ‘HISTOLYSIS’ Millennium St Ives


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