Commissions 

Public Commissions
MUSEO STORICO, COSENZA (2015)

The City Council of Cosenza (Calabria, Italy) commissioned Richard to design and paint five 3 x 2 m historical figurative paintings for the new Museo Storico all'aperto (Outdoor Historical Museum). The paintings were completed on site in a period of two months.

Below left: The paintings begin as abstracts,and retain this character in close-up.

Below right: Impressionistic backgrounds combine with figurative detail to convey the human drama and the authentic historical character of the Norman conquest of Southern Italy.

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Below: One of the paintings in situ; and in detail.

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Click the thumbnails to see images of the final paintings:

Cosenza The seige of Cosenza
Cosenza marriage
Cosenza Roger II leading troops
Cosenza earthquake
Cosenza Court of Roger II
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When one of his paintings was stolen, Richard recruited the help of other artists to produce a small-scale replica. The original was found - but the collaboration continued, and re-awakened Richard's enthusiasm for team-based projects.

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TED HUGHES MEMORIAL, MEXBOROUGH, YORKSHIRE (Commission bid 2016)

For this bid Richard designed interlocking structures that combined flat painted and digitally-printed surfaces. 

TED'S DESK

This design reflected the site in Ted Hughes' former school, and referenced the influences on the poet's early life, with portraits and quotes doodled on his desk of the poets that inspired him. The imagery would be digitally printed on recycled acrylic.

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TED'S ARMCHAIR

Proposed for the ferryboat site, this work suggests Hughes relaxing in his armchair, reminiscing about the childhood experiences communing with nature. The pattern reflects his love of roses.

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DORSET COUNTY HOSPITAL:
ORGAN DONATION ARTWORK (Commission bid, 2017)
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THE TRANSPLANT GAME

Combining symbolic imagery from games and puzzles, this work was designed to act as a visual metaphor for the transplant process, suggesting interchangeable parts, the role of chance, and above all the importance of community.

ASHBY DE LA ZOUCHE LEISURE QUARTER GATEWAY AND AMENITY ARTWORKS (Commission bid, 2018)

GATEWAY

Based on octagonal symmetry, this design integrated nature and architecture, reflecting the town's architectural heritage and location in the National Forest. The foliage effect is created by interlocking laser-cut panels made from recycled acrylic.

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HUXLEY BUILDING
School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences, Brighton University
(Commission bid 2016)

PUZZLE

Design for a sculpture for the entrance to the building.

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ROTARY VIRUS

One of the elements of a design for the foyer, created in Fusion 360 product design software.