1979 · United Kingdom
In his artistic practice, Hull-native Richie Culver, who lives and works in London, draws mainly on personal references such as his working-class roots in the north of England, the dark side of urban life, politics and popular culture. Through often humorous and naive paintings, sculptures and drawings filled with stereotypes, characters and places from his daily life, Culver shares snippets of working-class Britain. His paintings are filled with images from his surroundings, like neighbour racing pigeons, tabloid culture, local heroes, greyhound racing, the bookies — in Culver’s words, “lots of high hopes and broken promises.” In his tragicomedic work, Culver laughs with, not at its characters, portraying them as the gentle misfits they are. Culver’s work is a combination of autodidactic, autobiographical and socially-minded art practice.
In 2018, Culver had several solo exhibitions: No one knows me like Dawn from the Jobcentre in his hometown Hull, and C’est Sombre Vers le Nord at Lehmann + Silva in Porto, Portugal. His art is in the collections of Tate and Blain|Southern.