Richard Combes’ stunning oil paintings explore the relationship between architecture and people, examining the subtle dialogue created between space and the occupier.
The inclusion of a solitary figure, combined with the employment of intrusive perspective, plays with the bounds of personal space and the subject-object relation. Blank walls and abandoned objects are given a presence through detailed rendering and an association that is encouraged by the absence of human interaction.
Following his election as a full member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters in 2004, a feat which exemplifies his skill as an oil painter, Combes’ award-winning work has received international acclaim. Combes studied painting at the New York Academy of Art, graduating with a Master of Fine Art (cum laude). He previously studied architecture at the University of Liverpool, an influence which profoundly affects his work, demonstrating mastery of technique and material.