Eye for Fabric: Painting by Richard Mountford
Richard Mountford is a painter with a great eye for fabric. The artist is skilled with realism, with a practice informed by the work of historic artists and life experience.
I’m really impressed by Richard’s ability to paint portraits of children. The smaller faces are often difficult to accurately render, but Richard’s portfolio is packed with examples that capture the personality and exuberance of childhood. Fabric also seems to be an element that the artist enjoys painting, as it appears in many forms throughout his portfolio – paintings of empty, crumpled articles of clothing, as well as people wearing complex, heavy garments or wrapped in blankets.
In a recent series, Richard painted a number of portraits of pairs of shoes. He depicts everything from high heels to steel-toed boots in an accurate manner that makes it seem as though the viewer could reach out and touch each pair.