With an expansive career as a model maker for projects as diverse as Noel Fielding’s Luxury Comedy, Sports Relief and St Paul’s Cathedral, however, Richard’s modesty belies his wealth of experience.
“There’s a saying,” Richard philosophised, “If you work with your hands, you’re a labourer, if you work with your hands and your head you’re an artisan, and if you work with your hands, your head and your heart you’re an artist.”
Richards works tap into an interest in pop culture icons, from the controversial - a depiction of a certain president with comically small hands - to the striking, such as a bust of a brooding Benedict Cumberbatch.
“A lot of these pieces just started out as exercises in sculpting - maybe with a small idea behind them - but it’s usually just that someone has a really interesting face,” said Richard of his inspiration.
While it’s the relationship between physical form and character that fascinates Richard the most, his experience with the Spitting Image team means he’s equally well versed in the satirical side of caricature.
“It’s a medium that lends itself to satire very easily,” he mused. “It’s instantly recognisable, but there’s also an element of ridicule.”
While his spirited takes on everyone from James Bond to the Rolling Stones are certainly creative, Richard’s technical expertise plays an equal part in keeping his characters so recognisable. Beyond the initial comical nature of Richard’s pieces, however, is an undeniable talent for sculpting.