Richard Livingston makes paintings of pleasure and tragedy using as source material images from archives and the media, which are selected for their emotional resonance. All references to a particular time or place are erased to isolate and accentuate the posture, gesture or fragment. By blurring an anguished or sensual moment and erasing its specificity, another dimension such as colour or tenderness may be revealed, presenting an oscillation between suffering and pleasure, coexistence and separation, remembering and forgetting. Many of the current works are exploring human emotions, perceived through images of animals - in the laboratory, the home or wildlife films. We use animal metaphors to picture desire, affection, cruelty and the movement between visceral animal and rational human.