Richard Dupont (b 1968, New York City) is an American artist whose work engages a wide variety of media including sculpture, drawing, digital animation, painting, printmaking and photography. Often, his work is presented in large installations. An examination of the social implications of 21st Century digital technologies informs much of his work, as does an interest in perception
He received a BA (1991) from the Departments of Visual Art and Art and Archeology at Princeton University.
His works are included in the collections of numerous museums including The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, The Cleveland Museum of Art, The Brooklyn Museum, and The New York Public Library Print Collection among many others. In 2014, he was the recipient of the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) Visionary Award.
Dupont’s multifaceted artistic practice includes installations, sculptures, drawings, reliefs, animations and prints. Dupont’s work draws from a variety of themes and references and engages the Post digital in relation to the history of sculpture and the Body art, Process art and Systems art movements of the 1960s and 1970s.
Richard Dupont’s work draws from a variety of themes and references and has been described as “post-digital” and “post-internet”. His work references the Body art, Process art and Systems art movements of the 1960s and 1970s. However, he uses 3D digital models of bodies and objects rather than things themselves. Dupont had his body scanned at a General Dynamics facility on The Wright Patterson Air Force Base in 2004, and has been working from these images, translated into both two and three dimensions, since then. An interest in the implications of biometric technologies underpins much of his work. Interested in the way we scrutinize ourselves; Dupont sees his reproductions of the human figure as a way to highlight the idea of “self-surveillance,” and to note the way in which we map our lives through accumulating details.