Richard Woods transforms real surfaces into cartoon-like versions. His art is a mash-up of art, architecture and design; using household gloss paint, plywood and laminate to playfully transform urban buildings into mock-Tudor cottages, coating concrete pillars with chinz wallpaper, and covering floors with crazy paving in wild colours.
For Liverpool Biennial, Woods has made a very special edition titled Big L – with the L standing for Liverpool. This new work is a celebration of Innovation-Investment-Progress, his commission for the Biennial Festival in 2008. Woods created a powerful statement of positive thinking, using the interior of an iconic former DIY shop to create a repeated pattern of ‘feel-good’ logos that included words such as ‘innovation’, ‘progress’ and ‘build’, alongside a floor covered in zig-zag fake wood print. Like a visual mantra, the work saturated the visitor’s field of vision with its repeated patterns and words.