Two ‘peeled’ photographs courtesy of Hales Gallery in Bethnal Green. 

Galpin scores and peels the emulsion from a photograph to create a new image. His work reminded me of comic book art, with its outlined edge and  graphic aesthetic. Each edited strip provides a trace or glimpse of the original photograph, but due to the complex scored surface,  it  is almost impossible to determine. The process in creating the  work is meticulous and delicate, yet the imagery is explosive and energetic which creates a really interesting tension.

Richard Galpin is showing at Hales Gallery in Bethnal Green until 19th November 2011