An image of the interior of Ormston House, a large room with painted grey walls and floor, here hosting several colourful sculptures draped in fabric.

Richard Malone

Richard Malone grew up in rural Ireland and identifies strongly with their working-class roots. They are a cross-disciplinary, award-winning artist and designer who features in some of the world’s most prestigious museum collections including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne. They are one of the youngest artists in history to have work accessioned to the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Please join us on Saturday 15 October at 2pm for a talk and tour of Figures by the artist to close their solo exhibition at Ormston House. Admission is free and all are welcome.

About the exhibition

Knotting, binding, weaving, draping – Richard Malone uses gendered labour practices and fabrications to test the limitations of language, gesture and symbolism in constructing meaning and identity. Their art practice centres on experiences of queerness, class, place and otherness, never settling on given definitions. Their sculptures and installations suggest a sense of movement and theatre – some appear to be alive, captured in elegant postures or in suspended mischief. Each carries multiple techniques and multiple possibilities for creating a new, ephemeral, and sometimes humorous language that plays with our understanding of both mimetic and semantic form.


Figures by Richard Malone was selected through our Membership Scheme for artists.
Image: installation view of Figures by Richard Malone at Ormston House. Photo by Jed Niezgoda.
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