"A Stately View Press Release"

Richard Tungate insinuates a clash of culture, values and tradition. The classical meets the modern in a carefully constructed panoramic scene. In which the walls within a Stately home usually adorned with paintings created by the likes of Reynolds or Gainsborough for example, which would have shown the Lords and Ladies of the manor. Now however in this instance they show Portraits of Chavs and Hoodies as they are often named in the media.

 

A striking resemblance between two eras, which at first seem so distant, now seem so close, as the Issues surrounding their façade are parallel to the ideology behind the previous paintings. Wealth, power and respectability are consistent throughout the centuries of tradition of being portrayed. The replacement of “High Art” with depictions of “Low brow” culture allow for the youth of the 21st century to be scrutinised in a way in which a classic 17th or 18th century painting is.

 

An uncanny contextualisation takes place through combining images of contemporary youth with traditional portraiture. As the use of Rembrandt lighting and chiaroscuro technique illuminates their faces, a stature, a grandeur surrounding their existence emerges. We are asked to delve deeper into the etiquette associated with modern youth. Our previous perceptions of Honour, Nobility and Respectability are set in juxtaposition with the youth of today’s 21st century alternative.  

Wirksworth arts festival

I have just been informed that my work has been selected to show in an arts fest in Derbyshire this September. This opportunity looks rather interesting and I’m currently in discussions to as of whether my work will actually fit in the show! All this aside I’m sure we will be able to cone to done agreement. More info soon!

Richard Tungate, from Uttoxeter, is also exhibiting his work.

His display includes a large-scale photograph, using 36 separate images totalling 540 million pixels. It shows one of the rooms at the National Trust-owned Sudbury Hall, where he digitally replaced works by Caravaggio and Rembrandt with modern-day equivalents.

Articles keep coming using images of my final work!

Staffordshire Unis article showcasing the degree show

Creative Boom also have used my final work to advertise the degree show!

I seem to be getting my work published on various websites. I don’t know how it is getting there but there seems to be some media interest which of course i don’t mind. here is a link to Creativeboom which have also used my final piece “A Stately View” to advertise the staffordshire university degree show.

BBC article on my final degree show work.

Uncouth Youth

Uncouth Youth

A Stately View

A Stately View

From the series “Portraits of Youth”
A Boy Skinnin’ A Spliff

From the series “Portraits of Youth”

A Boy Skinnin’ A Spliff

From the series “Portraits Of Youth”

From the series “Portraits Of Youth”

The first photograph from my upcoming series of fantasy Photoshoots.  Adele here is posing as Alice (in Wonderland).
My team and I took this photo in Cannock chase at twilight.

The first photograph from my upcoming series of fantasy Photoshoots. Adele here is posing as Alice (in Wonderland).

My team and I took this photo in Cannock chase at twilight.

"A Girl Reading a Text"

"A Girl Reading a Text"

"The Musicians - Richard Tungate Remix"

"The Musicians - Richard Tungate Remix"

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My current work is Visually similar to a police identity parade, some youths line up in front of a wall in an urban setting. A gang of young men from the street are staring right at you. The power of their gaze is confrontational. What do these men want from us? What do we want from these men? At first the imagery appears to be still, however upon further inspection it becomes apparent that it is actually a video. The subjects barely move, only a flinch now and again, minor adjustments to their posture are seen upon careful inspection. Standing silently there is a sense of unease here. A subtle tension exists within the gaze of the viewer and the subjects in question.

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