Richard Rawlins was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago and currently lives and works in Hastings, UK. A graduate of the Royal College of Art’s print programme (2019), Rawlins’ research takes a transnational approach to the “pop-cultural” poetics and politics of life in the Caribbean, the contested and resultant histories/realities of colonialism and it’s transpontine consequence, black identity and diaspora politics.
Rawlins’ work has been featured at Get Up Stand Up Now, Somerset House, London, UK (2019); “Transoceanic Visual Exchange 2019”, Cache Space, Beijing, China and The Barbados Museum and Historical Society; “OVERPR!NT, AG!TATE, ACT!VATE”, Museum Centre de la Gravure et de l’image imprimée, La Louvière, Belgium (2018); “Most things Happen When I Am Asleep”, ARTSPACE NZ, Auckland, New Zealand (2018), “1st Bienal Internacional de Asuncion”, Paraguay (2016); “Digital”, National Gallery, Jamaica (2015); the “Jamaica Biennial” (2014) and the “Global Africa Project”, Museum of Art and Design (MAD), New York, USA (2010). He is a past artist resident of the Vermont Studio Center, USA (2012), a founding member of Trinidad’s Erotic Artweek, (2009 -2011).
Rawlins is also the publisher of an online contemporary Caribbean art journal, Draconian Switch, (artzpub.com), and a facilitating network member of the Alice Yard artspace in Port of Spain, Trinidad which hosts an international artist residency. Rawlins’ work has been acquired by the Wedge Curatorial Collection, Toronto; AMBA Collection, London, the Soho House Art Collection, London and the Art Collection of the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago, Port of Spain