2011 Useless Fictions, Alpha Art, Edinburgh
2010 Museum Pieces: Kelvingrove Museum & Art Gallery, Glasgow
2009 Braewell Galleries @ 63, Tay Street Perth
2009 See in, see out, (with David Farren), Oisín Gallery, Dublin
2009 Braewell Galleries, Glasgow
2008 ArtDeCaf Merchant City Gallery, Glasgow
2007 Art and Not-art, Art Exposure Gallery, Glasgow
2006 Debut solo show, Oisín Gallery, Dublin
An Artist's Life
Born in Fordingbridge, UK
Lives & works in Chichester, UK
Richard is Inspired by the Renaissance ideal of an artist who can move freely between disciplines, and there is a rich cross-fertilisation between in his work between art, design, writing, lecturing, music and theatre.
Richard loved art from an early age, and his fascination with the great artists of the past led to an Art History degree.
The onset of M.E. in the mid-1990’s spurred him to cease his teaching and become a full-time, professional artist.
Collaborating with designer Fiona Paton in the Treehaus Partnership, he widened his skills in a range of 2-D and 3-D commissions for themed interiors in and around Glasgow.
Following a second bout of M.E. in 2002-3, Richard developed a new series of more personal, figurative works exploring the connections between traditional art and contemporary life. He has since exhibited at galleries and art fairs across the UK, and secured major public commissions. His prizes include Best Surrealist Artist in the 2016 American Art Awards.
Richard’s work was always notable for its atmospheric light and colour, and a move to West Sussex in 2010 has rejuvenated his interest in landscape painting.
Recently he has experimented with using cutting-edge software to create new formats for artwork 2-D and 3-D work. He is currently exploring new ways to use art to make architecture more engaging and meaningful to the users of buildings and the wider community.
Selected Other shows:
2018 The Little Art Gallery, West Wittering
2016 Chichester Festival
2016 Spencer Colemen Fine Art, Lincoln
2014 Affordable Art Fair, London
2013 Moncrieff-Bray Gallery Petworth
2013 Bristol Art Fair
2012 West Dean College Effervescence
2011 Pallant House Gallery, Chichester: Open Art Competition
2010 Edinburgh Art Fair
2010 Glasgow Art Fair
2008 Affordable Art Fair Amsterdam
2008 Tracey McNee Fine Art, London
2016 American Art Awards: First Prize, Surrealism category
City of Cosenza, Calabria, Italy: paintings for the Museo Storico
St. Mary's Church, Lavant, W. Sussex
St. Bride's Church, Bothwell, South Lanarkshire: Six large canvases incorporating local imagery of miners and millworkers
Bar Budda Chain, W. Scotland: Nine 2 x 2.4m gold Buddha Sculptures
Rogano (Glasgow’s famous Art Deco restaurant): 2-D and 3-D artworks
John Brown's, Clydebank: Six Shipyard murals for, a shipbuilding-themed restaurant
Glasgow City Council: collaboration with Prof. Graham Woan (Glasgow University) on G2V sundial, for the Glasgow Collection (Lighthouse Design Centre)
Corinthian: murals and paintings for Glasgow’s leading leisure complex
Bridge of Invention at The Big Idea Centre, Irvine: Designs shortlisted
Blue Nightclub, Inverness: 10 interchangeable sculptures, plus paintings & hanging draperies for themed nights.
The imagination at work
"For me, painting has always been a magical doorway to the imagination.
Sometimes in my youth I found paint too hot to handle. But, inspired by the old masters, I learnt to focus and direct its emotional power, designing, composing and re-working to orchestrate light and colour into a dramatic and unified imaginative vision.
Dialoguing with the art of the past gives my work a broader context, the sense of participating in an ongoing, collective artistic enterprise. But the traditional imagery takes on personal meaning as the encapsulation of my own dreams, re-framed and re-imagined.
Painting has helped me in my battles with M.E., taking me to another place, where deep emotions take on symbolic form, where their meaning can be explored and re-interpreted.
Architectural space becomes an arena where personal dreams interact with our shared cultural dreams. As contemporary figures confront the world of the past, artworks can symbolise their memories, feelings, and ideas. Sculptures come to life as characters in their dreams; picture frames open portals into different worlds.
My open-ended pictorial narratives can take on personal meaning for those who see them – like doorways to the imagination, where they can find humour, drama, insight – or consolation."