Richard Slee (b. 1946) lives and works in London. Described as the “Grand Wizard of Studio Ceramics” by Dr Oliver Watson, (the former Curator of Applied Arts at the Victoria & Albert Museum), Slee is one of Britain’s most important artists working in ceramics today and has established an international reputation as a contemporary artist and designer.
Slee’s work often reflects the familiar and the domestic, pairing the mass produced with the handmade and the functional with the ornate. Through these uncanny hybrids his works convey a subversive humorous vision that playfully investigates the limits of the ceramic tradition. Everyday objects are meticulously realized with highly glazed, bright colours. The seductive surfaces recall a Pop or post-modern aesthetic that belies the psychological and underlying cultural references.
His work is represented in many important public collections worldwide and has been exhibited extensively both in the UK and internationally.
1964-65 Carlisle College of Art and Design 1965-70 Central School of Art and Design, London. BA Ceramics 1986-88 Royal College of Art, London. MA Design R.C.A. Present: Teaching Professor, University of the Arts, London
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS:
2014-2016 Work and Play, Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Carisle, Cumbria. Touring: Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery, Nottingham 2013 Fit for Purpose, Hales Gallery, London ‘Richard Slee: Revolution in the Rain’, Milton Keynes Arts Centre 2012 Camp Futility, Studio Voltaire, London 2010 Richard Slee: From Utility to Futility, Victoria and Albert Museum, London Richard Slee, Hales Gallery, London 2008 Richard Slee, Recent Works, Barrett Marsden Gallery, London. 2007 Richard Slee, Garth Clark Gallery, New York. 2006 Richard Slee at Barrett Marsden, Barrett Marsden Gallery, London 2004 Panoramas, The Pier Arts Center, Stomness, Orkney, Scotland 2004 “A Secret History of Clay” Tate Liverpool (Catalogue) 2003 Panoramas, Tate St. Ives and Ruthin Crafts Centre, Wales (Catalogue) SHOW5 Retrospective, Richard Slee, The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent. Crafts Council, London and The Hub, Linconshire. 2002 Richard Slee, Barrett Marsden Gallery, London Richard Slee, Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh 2000 Richard Slee, Barrett Marsden Gallery, London, (Catalogue) 1998 Richard Slee, BarrettMarsden Gallery, London (Catalogue) 1994 Richard Slee, Garth Clark Gallery, New York Richard Slee, Hering and Lehmann Gallery, Berlin, Germany 1990 ‘Richard Slee” National Museum, Stockholm, Sweden 1989 Richard Slee- Recent Works, The City Gallery, Leicester (Catalogue) 1987 Richard Slee, Hordaland Kunstersentrum, Bergen and Gallery F.15, Norway
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS:
2017 That Continuous Thing: Artists and the Ceramics Studio. 1920 – Today, Tate St. Ives, St. Ives, UK (forthcoming) 2015 Synergy, London Glassblowing, London CERAMIX, Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht, Netherlands Many a Slip, Marsden Woo Gallery 2013 Subversive Design, Brighton Museum & Art Gallery 2011 Postmodernism, Victoria and Albert Museum Thing, Tang, Trash, The West Norway Museum of Decorative Art, Bergen, Norway 2010 Causing Chaos, Fife Contemporary Art & Craft Knock Knock: Who’s There? That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore, Armand Bartos Fine Art, New York 2009 Recent Acquisitions, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, U.S.A Public Collections
Arizona State University Arts Review London Bradford City Museum British Council Buckinghamshire County Museum Corcoran Museum of Art, Washington U.S.A. Crafts Council London Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge Hongik University, Korea Hove Museum South East Arts Collection James Mayor Gallery, London Knokke Heist Municipality,Belgium Leicester City Museum Los Angeles County Museum Manchester Metropolitan Museum Middlesborough Museum of Modern Art Museum of Modern Art Museum of Art and Design, New York Museum Het Kruithuis, Holland Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto Muzej GRAD, Slovenia National Museum of Decorative Arts, Trondheim, Norway National Museum, Stockholm Norwich Art Gallery The Potteries Museum and Art Galley, Stoke-on-Trent Norwich Art Gallery Paisley Museum, Scotland Shigararaki Ceramic Cultural Park, Japan Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam University College of Wales Victoria and Albert Museum, London York City Art Gallery Whitworth Museum, Liverpool