Richard Phoenix


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The paintings in Astigmatism are part of a wider documentary project featuring Phoenix’s friends—many of whom are artists in their own right; as well as participants in London’s DIY community. Made without the aid of lenses (which he wears to correct defective eyesight) the process forced a new approach and way of looking. Macro studies of texture and colour were then re-photographed, edited and arranged across 82 pages; interwoven among the original works and with a new text by Bryony Beynon—framing the ideas contained within the work around embracing imperfection and social models of disability. The resulting bookwork, designed by Robin Christian is presented as a standalone piece of work—also as a document of an ongoing series.

Richard Phoenix is an artist living and working in London. He also plays in the band Sauna Youth and is the Director of Constant Flux – an organisation creating opportunities for musicians with learning disabilities.

  • Paperback
  • 105 x 148 mm
  • 82 pp
  • 35 colour
  • December 2016
  • 978-
  • Edition of 150