Richard Woods — Country Life at Albion Barn

Richard Woods — Country Life
Dirty Bench, Dirty Table, Harvest Light and Cloud Lights
Courtesy, Albion Barn

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This Other Eden

Richard Woods is the latest artist to get inspired by the English countryside...

It has been inspiring music, art and literature for goodness knows how long, and there really is nothing quite like the English countryside – especially when the sun is out. This blessed plot is a green and pleasant land indeed, and Chester-born artist Richard Woods is the latest to come over all inspired by the English countryside with a new collection entitled Country Life.

Woods was responding to an invitation from Michael Hue-Williams of Albion Barn, a restored property in the bucolic location of Little Milton, near Oxford. The humorous collection was conceived to respond to the venue, and it includes site-specific installations such as a series of stylised tree stumps, sculptural garden furniture, and his interpretations of traditional country buildings. A host of paintings capture the essence of the countryside’s flora and fauna, with printed animals partly camouflaged in black-and-white against the colourful foliage, peeking out from behind leaves and grass. Whole walls of the barn have been turned into flowered meadows and dense thickets by floor-to-ceiling graphics, and outside Woods has designed a new tennis pavilion along with bird tables and a semi-permanent building supporting a four metre Victorian mantelpiece clock. The Albion Barn is open on Thursdays and Fridays by appointment.

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Richard Woods — Country Life at Albion Barn

Richard Woods — Country Life
Dirty Table, Dirty Bench, Harvest Light
Courtesy, Albion Barn

Richard Woods — Country Life at Albion Barn

Richard Woods — Country Life
Day Dream, 2014
Acrylic on plywood, 122 x 91 cm
Courtesy, Albion Barn

Richard Woods — Country Life at Albion Barn

Richard Woods — Country Life
Vases with Flattened Grass Wallpaper, Acrylic on Plywood
Courtesy, Albion Barn

Richard Woods — Country Life at Albion Barn

Richard Woods — Country Life
Anita’s House in the exhibition space at Albion Barn
Courtesy, Albion Barn

Richard Woods — Country Life at Albion Barn

Richard Woods — Country Life
The Watercress Party, 2014
Acrylic on plywood, 122 x 91 cm
Courtesy, Albion Barn

Richard Woods — Country Life at Albion Barn

Richard Woods — Country Life
Dirty Chairs
Courtesy, Albion Barn

Richard Woods — Country Life at Albion Barn

Richard Woods — Country Life
Anita’s House
Courtesy, Albion Barn

Richard Woods — Country Life at Albion Barn

Richard Woods — Country Life
Dirty Table
Courtesy, Albion Barn

Richard Woods — Country Life at Albion Barn

Richard Woods — Country Life
Stick Light
Courtesy, Albion Barn

Richard Woods — Country Life at Albion Barn

Richard Woods — Country Life
Dirty Bench and Dirty Table and Harvest Light
Courtesy, Albion Barn

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