In Richard Hoey’s work painterly and cultural elements come together to play on ideas of beauty and idealism conjured from utopian imaginings of paradise, while carrying messages about the effects of globalisation and consumerism on once untouched territories. Hoey’s adopted home of Brazil provides a tropical backdrop and cultural landscape providing first-hand experience from which to explore these themes.
Hoey sees his experience of these two remarkably diverse cultures as a unique and rich source of inspiration from which to draw upon to explore this diversity in his work. Diverse references from popular and local culture to graphic elements found in street advertising are collaged together in Hoey’s paintings to investigate the interaction of humans and the environment.
Known for his use of gold leaf as a signature material, his most recent works have shifted towards colourful painted layers where typically tropical elements are juxtaposed with geometrical forms and bold graphics. This recent shift is a direct response to his being immersed in and absorbing the colours and language of his tropical home.
Hoey’s work adorns the walls of many private collectors internationally, whilst receiving many commissions from world-renowned designers such as Kelly Hoppen, Michael Reeves and Mary Fox Linton. He has shown his work internationally with Galleries in the USA, including Gruen Galleries, Chicago, and Zane Bennett Contemporary Art in Santa Fe. In London, Hoey has shown with several galleries including The Unit London, and After Nyne Contemporary who represent his work.