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Richard Woods

Cartoon houses – a recognisable representation

“I am highlighting and exaggerating this process of gentrification.”

Richard Woods uses installations in cartoon colours to satirise the housing crisis. Leaning on his previous career as a builder, the artist transforms everyday surfaces into playful and exaggerated cartoon versions. This process involves overlapping objects with statement, painted-on textures. Much of this is done through woodblock printing, using household gloss paint and 3mm MDF boards. He has l...

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Richard Woods (he/him) was born in 1966 in Chester, England. He now lives and works in London.


In his youth, Woods would drag raw materials from skips to produce his works. He called it a form of ‘urban recycling’. He now buys his materials from building merchants and timber yards.


In 2010, Woods was invited to transform part of Cary Grant’s previous Hollywood home for the new owner, art dealer Jeffrey Deitch. He created a party room, clad in bright blue wood-grain effect panels.

Collaborations with Richard Woods