Forms of Void, Richard Koh Fine Art 2013


Throughout 2003 -2012, my works encompassed symbols and references that spoke to me within my position as a socio-political commentator. I experimented with images and issues. As the years go by, I find myself entangled in a subject matter crisis. Images and meanings don't often present themselves to me as much as I hope for.

For these works, I walk into my studio without a preconceived idea and I put my trust in the process. I put more concern in painting onto the canvas, layer follows layer, mark follows mark and rhythm is inspired. This is the point in which I’m truly absorbed in the moment.

I have always been inspired by my surroundings. It's pretty much the same. Situations and surroundings will always have a profound influence in my current works.

I am often intrigued with what Ad Reinhardt said;

“What about the reality of the everyday world and the reality of painting? They are not the same realities. What is this creative thing that you have struggled to get and where did it come from? What reference or value does it have, outside of the painting itself?”

This has been gruelling process. I search and find myself on a daily basis. I take each day for what it is and I embrace the new ideas I have and try to explore those ideas in my studio. Each layer I paint on the canvas becomes the story and history of its surface. This is my story, today.

Number 1, 2013
Oil on canvas, 183 x 183 cm

Number 2, 2013
Oil on canvas, 183 x 183 cm

Number 3, 2013
Oil on jute, 213 x 244 cm

Number 4, 2013
Oil on jute, 213 x 244 cm

Number 5, 2013
Oil on canvas, 183 x 183 cm

Number 6, 2013
Oil on canvas, 244 x 122 cm

Number 7, 2013
Oil on canvas, 183 x 183 cm

Number 8, 2013
Oil on canvas, 244 x 366 cm

Number 9, 2013
Oil on canvas, 183 x 183 cm

Number 10, 2013
Oil on canvas, 183 x 183 cm

Number 11, 2013
Oil on canvas, 244 x 122 cm

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