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Student Showcase Archive
Show RCA 2019

Brian Mountford

Show RCA work

Major project:


Large scale oil and UV paintings being shown in a dark room.


  • My work has an unstable propensity that results in surprising juxtapositions and unusual interplays. These often manifest as elongated anatomies and intertwining hairy flesh, like cartoon matter that comically masquerades as semi-human body horror. 

    My approach to painting is organic; I search for a tension that exists within the process of making decisions in the work and arrive at this point through chance. I am attracted to the playfulness of painting and the notion of creating my own visual world inhabited by the creatures of my imagination.

    In my most recent body of work, there is a reoccurring theme of the grotesque and the abject, that expands upon philosophical ideas dealing with the uncanny. The paintings are multi-layered; their creation and their subject matter are constructed from both disposable and significant artistic ideas and social beliefs, such as 1980s trash culture, cryptozoology, horror, sci-fi, the supernatural and folklore. The beauty of the painting medium and what it has to offer, paired with the contradictory ugliness of its subject matter, creates a weird and uneasy pictorial landscape.

  • Previous degrees

  • BA Fine Art, University of Central Lancashire, 2011
  • Exhibitions

  • 'Abracadabra' (Forthcoming Exhibition), Assembly House, Leeds, 2019; College Group Show, House of Vans, London, 2019; 'Papercuts', Saatchi Gallery, London, 2018; 'Thumbnails', Hockney Gallery, London, 2018; 'Paper Cuts' Group Show, Tripp Gallery, London, 2017; 'Pleasure Islands 2', 3space, Manchester, 2016; 'Curse of the Laughing Hand' Group Show, Rogue Studios, Manchester, 2016
  • Publications

  • (YAC) Young Artist in Conversation, Brian Mountford Interviewing Artist Robin Megannity, 2015
Royal College of Art