Richard A. Kirk

"there is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion" Sir Frances Bacon, "Of Beauty, Essays" 1625

Radiolaria Studios


Shown here, The Unaccountable Absence of the Wastrel

I spent part of today inventorying my stock of prints and thinking about images that I’d like to do as prints in the new year. Any suggestions? You can find prints in my print shop if you are interested. Stocks of many of the print images are down to single digits and may not be reprinted in order allow focus on newer works.

Until the end of December, I am running a sale of original art on my Etsy site, The Art of Richard A. Kirk. Some of the images themselves are reduced in price and I am offering free shipping.

Finally, today I published my Radiolaria Studios Facebook page. This is where I will be keeping people up to date on my publications (books and prints). In the coming months, focus will be on the novel “Necessary Monsters,” as we work toward making the book a physical reality. Expect to see sketches of illustrations and maybe the odd excerpt. Much of the information will be mirrored here eventually but this blog tends to lag a beat behind my FB presence. Follow the link to “like” the page and get the latest.

As always, thanks for your support!

- Richard.

A List

Sinistral Sister
Forbidden by the Deep
Centipede Demon
Tin Man
Fairy Feller’s Master Stroke
Ebb and Flow
Bell Demon
Freedom of Imagination
Green Demon
Seven Sisters
Hunter’s Blind
Time Traveler
Warm Sea
Invisible World
These are the titles of all the drawings and paintings I completed this year. Some took hours, others months. During the same period of time I also managed to, finally, finish the novel that I started in 2011. So not a bad year at all. I’ll be spending the balance of this year working on a large drawing that won’t be done until sometime in 2015, and doing prepatory sketching for a special project that I’ll tell you about in due course.
– Richard K.



graphite 8″ x 6″

This is a small graphite piece done today on some Bristol I had tucked away. The paper has almost no tooth, which was kind of fun to work on. Ordinary HB lead in the pencil. The result is a little like silverpoint in appearance.


Sinistral Sister


Sinistral Sister
ink on paper
12″ x 8″

The thought behind this piece was to portray an entity that waits for the sleeper beyond the threshold of consciousness. The subtitle is “Awake for the Sleeper.” Appearances aside, the creature is not meant to be unambiguously malevolent. It is meant to represent the great unknown of our unconscious mind. The elements from which this creature is constituted are drawn from nature, things we might encounter – honey comb, branches, eyes, organs, insect wings. It is their unexpected juxtaposition, as in a dream, that unsettles us. Sinistral – meaning left-handed is a historic reference to otherness. To pass this creature, we must overcome our preconceived ideas. This is an idea that I am also exploring in my novel Necessary Monsters, so working on drawings like this can be thought of, for my purposes, as a kind of exploration for artistic works in other forms.
– Richard.




ink on paper
12″ x 8″

This is my latest drawing, Earworm. I started out intending to finish this one as a graphite drawing but once I got into it I felt pointillism would bring out its true character. With the lack of background all of the focus is on the character. I wanted the silhouette to read as human but then distort and stretch the surface to subvert the viewer’s expectations and give a sense of disintegration. There is a tension in the piece between disintegration and cohesion, which is undermined by the cavity and the unreliable anatomy.

- Richard.

Line Drawings


Black Sketch Book Drawing 1


Black Sketch Book Drawing 2


Black Sketch Book Drawing 3


Black Sketch Book Drawing 4

These are some line drawings from one of my sketch books. I think that I’m going to develop the first one into a graphite drawing.

- Richard.

Roadside Attractions Preview

The preview for the Roadside Attractions show opening October 18 at the Copro Gallery is now up! Here are a few details of my piece, The Informant, which is one of the works featured in the show. Kudos to Cris Velasco to pulling this fantastic event together! Finally, Hi Fructose gave a nice mention.

- Richard.

Informant_detail_4 Informant_detail_3 Informant_detail_2



There is a great line up of artist for this forthcoming show in Chicago at Gallery Provocateur. Here’s a link to the Facebook event page.

- Richard.


TOME 2: MELANCHOLIA Documentary Part 1 – Melancholy Versus Melancholia from 44FLOOD on Vimeo.

My friends at 44Flood have been busy putting this video together, which explains the theme of the forthcoming book TOME 2: Melancholia. I contributed art to this book, and also had the honor of being interviewed by Clive Barker.

- Richard.

The Informant


The Informant 2014 24″ x 18″ ink on paper © Richard A. Kirk 2014

This is a new piece that will appear in an upcoming show called Roadside Attractions at the Copro Gallery in November.

- Richard.


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