Richard Southall's contemporary work, diverse in style and subject matter, is based on a deep understanding of form. "I feel that the socio-political issues that my early work represents, expresses things in a way that non-figurative styles fail to achieve."
His sculpture was securely grounded in figurative art during his formative years at art school, studying under Stuart Osbourne RA. Osbourne had close associations with Sir Jacob Epstein whilst a student at the Royal College of Art. This tuition emphasised the study of form to portray and express meaning. Osbourne was often heard to say, "I don't want any artists on my course" suggesting study first, creativity later. Consequently Richard's work stands outside the modern trend.
These sculptures have a wonderful balance of accurate anatomical understanding and artistic interpretation, creating a figure which has not been over-worked or too finely finished but still retaining the texture of the clay from which they have been cast.
In 2005 Richard one first-prize in Best of the Best at Art in Action in Oxfordshire. He has been represented by David Simon since 2006 and has exhibited regularly in London and Bristol.