Rich Hardcastle, (Finale) - Playing (video) Games with our future, 2014. -® Rich Hardcastle, courtesy Mead Carney Fine Art. (4)[‘Finale’ – Games with Real World Consequences, 2014. © Rich Hardcastle, courtesy Mead Carney Fine Art]

Last night we attended the private view of artist Rich Hardcastle’s latest work. Mead Carney Fine Art is pleased to announce a new selling exhibition of photography by the artist which runs till 11th January.

David Gandy, Rich Hardcastle and guests, Private View of Mr Detective Man, Mead Carney Fine Art, (c) Philippa Gedge
[David Gandy, Rich Hardcastle,  Alister Guy & Guest (c) Philippa Gedge]

Mr Detective Man presents an insightful, thought-provoking and playful critique of contemporary culture framed through a stylised and cinematic narrative that draws on the familiar tropes of the crime thriller and the police procedural.

Rich Hardcastle, (Patch Up) - Sickness and Wealth.2014 -® Rich Hardcastle, courtesy Mead Carney Fine Art. (5)[Rich Hardcastle, ‘Patch Up’ – Sickness and Wealth.2014 -® Rich Hardcastle, courtesy Mead Carney Fine Art]

Hardcastle has cast some of the world’s most recognisable faces in this striking visual drama, with model-of-the-moment David Gandy providing a powerful and poignant presence as the story’s eponymous protagonist.

Supported by a high-profile cast including Jacob Anderson (Game of Thrones), Paul Anderson (Peaky Blinders) and
Adam Hills (The Last Leg), a darkly comic narrative is played out through a series of familiar yet darkly dissonant scenes that follow Gandy from hospital bed to interrogation room to morgue slab.

Rich Hardcastle & David Gandy, Private View of Mr Detective Man, Mead Carney Fine Art, (c) Philippa Gedge[Rich Hardcastle & David Gandy (c) Philippa Gedge]

‘Rich Hardcastle brings excitement back into photography. His ideas are truly inspiring. You never quite know exactly what mad idea he has planned until you get to the shoot. He’s a true creative, a true artist.’– David Gandy.

Hardcastle’s highly-detailed portraiture combines an intelligent and acutely-observed visual humour, frequently imbued with a quiet pathos. His striking, highly original aesthetic has attracted industry-wide acclaim and has led to commissions from publications including Rolling Stone, Esquire and Harper’s Bazaar.

Rich Hardcastle, (Raid) - Cotton Wool Generation, 2014. -® Rich Hardcastle, courtesy Mead Carney Fine Art. (1)[Rich Hardcastle, ‘Raid’ – Cotton Wool Generation, 2014. -® Rich Hardcastle, courtesy Mead Carney Fine Art]

Mr Detective Man is the latest exhibition of Hardcastle’s celebrity portraiture to be staged at Mead Carney Fine Art and follows his highly successful show at the gallery in early 2014, entitled Dark Tales, which also featured David Gandy.

Rich Hardcastle: Mr Detective Man on from 7th – 11th January 2015
Mead Carney Fine Art (45 Dover Street, London, W1S 4FF)