Emma Richardson, the bassist and vocalist in Band of Skulls, presents her first solo exhibition in London, a series of paintings created in response to music by the Southampton three-piece whose debut album Baby Darling Doll Face Honey enjoyed widespread critical acclaim. They release their second, much-anticipated album, Sweet Sour, in February and this exhibition marks another artistic highlight for Richardson, in a year that looks set to see the band’s meteoric rise continue. See a video of the exhibition here.
The exhibition consists of two groups of works, corresponding to the first two albums by Band Of Skulls. The first series formed the artwork for their debut album, released in 2009, when Richardson’s paintings were photographed and then digitally manipulated to create the cover. The process was extended and developed for their forthcoming second album, for which Richardson worked with the designer Vincent Toi and the creative team at The PHI Centre in Montreal, Canada, who by turn enlisted glass artists Cédric Ginart and Karina Guevin to make a glass sculpture inspired by Richardson’s paintings. The resulting collaboration was photographed and became the cover image for the album.
Heavily influenced by painting masters including Cy Twombly and Lucien Freud, Richardson’s large-scale abstract paintings exploit the medium of oil on canvas to explore the nature of the human form, whilst making use of the visceral quality of the medium against the rough texture of the linen on which she works.
Richardson’s work is concerned with the ambiguous and the abstract, as well as the nature of symmetry and reflection.
Music is a key part of Richardson’s life, and she acknowledges a strong link between her musical and her artistic outputs, enlisting similar processes of re-working and revisiting until a finished product is reached within both disciplines. The relationship between the two mediums is a reciprocal marriage of creativity, with the music informing and inspiring her paintings, and the paintings lending the music a visual identity.
BAND OF SKULLS
Band of Skulls is an alternative rock band from Southampton, consisting of Russell Marsden (guitar / vocals), Emma Richardson (bass / vocals) & Matt Hayward (drums). Their new album Sweet Sour will be released through Electric Blues Recordings on Monday February 20th 2012. The 10-track album was recorded at Rockfield studios in Wales with producer Ian Davenport and mixed in Los Angeles by Nick Launay (Nick Cave / PIL / Yeah Yeah Yeahs). It follows their critically acclaimed debut, Baby Darling Doll Face Honey, which was released in September 2009. This summer saw the band play the Bonnaroo Festival in Tennessee as well as sold-out shows in Los Angeles and New York. Additionally their music is currently being used in both the new Hugo Boss advert and on the trailer for the film Hangover Pt II.