Richard MacDonald has always been intrigued by opposites and he has the range to be able to create both sculptures of delicate, archetypal femininity and powerful, athletic masculinity. In Doves, we see the combination of both: the softness and delicacy of the female and the strength and power of the male. In this work MacDonald employs effective use of the Baroque Spiral to achieve wonderful movement the piece seems to ethereally take flight creating a passionate image of love and devotion. Originally inspired by the Bolshois performance entitled The Doves', MacDonald's interpretation brings classical ballet into heartened focus.
In 2014 and 2015, Richard MacDonald focused intently on the minerals and pigments of his patina process - specifically on the color red. Shortly thereafter, the artist revealed his discoveries in a new exhibition entitled “Richard MacDonald: Red.” The exhibition, which highlights MacDonald's creative immersion into the hue, the emotion, and narrative of color, represents a profound new direction in the artist's work.