Richard McVetis Richard McVetis


McVetis uses a range of media, including drawing, installation, and textiles, to explore our perception of space and time. His minimalist work is an endless exploration, not just of form but of the reclamation and potential of process and repetition — a step-by-step examination of perspective and scale which unearths the human condition.

His process is labour-intensive, using hand embroidery he records time through multiples of dots, lines, and crosses. Meticulously drawn and stitched, his work reflects a preoccupation with the repetitive nature of a process, exploring the subtle differences that emerge through ritualistic and habitual making. Also, the mapping of space and marking time and form are central themes. McVetis explores the way time and place are felt, experienced, and constructed. Ideas are often developed in response to, or created specifically to a moment, visualising and making this a tactile and tangible object. The pieces created explore how objects, materials, and places, through the action of hands, bear witness to the passing of time, of the mundane and monotonous regularity of everyday existence.

McVetis is interested in how a process can reveal a world seen from within, from a scale that can tell us much more about ourselves, about our trajectories in space, our interactions, and networks of processes that act as a catalyst for transformation within our lives.

Finalist of the 2018 Loewe Craft Prize, Richard’s artwork has been celebrated in galleries, art fairs, and museums across the world including Iceland, Ukraine, Pakistan, South Korea, UAE, and the USA. Richard has been a finalist for the Jerwood Drawing Prize in 2011 and 2017, a finalist for the Cheongju International Craft Prize in 2015 and was selected to be part of the British Pavilion, Form + Motion at the Cheongju International Craft Biennale in 2017. 

McVetis, is a graduate of the Royal College of Art in 2008, he lives and works in London.

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