Richard is a Visual Artist from the beautiful Douglas Valley in the North West of England. He embarked on an MA in Contemporary Art after completing a BA Hons Fine Art at the University of Salford 2017 – 2020, in which he graduated with First-Class Honours. He has won the Howarth Life Drawing Prize in 2018 and travelled to Berlin with the bursary award. His current practice focuses predominantly on painting.
"I explore the local landscape and react to my environs; researching through photography, video, satellite maps, note taking, poetry, sense connections to my surroundings, and psychological aspects such as dreams. I then translate this information to produce various degrees of abstracted interpretations of the landscape.
My practice begins by the simple act of walking. I stake out my territory. A lyrical loiterer I am. Inspiration springs from the absorption of the landscape through the senses – touch, seeing, hearing, and feeling in a spiritual sense: for our connection to the land is deeper than purely physical, the memories we gather vibrate and reverberate within our hearts and minds. The tool of abstraction enables me to configure my message. I am interested in psycho-geography and the world, which I interpret through thought, philosophy, and as an idea. Paradoxically, the world appears in a ‘concrete’ existence; however, I don’t attempt to represent external reality but seek to portray the world through shapes, colours, and textures. Rural/ suburban/urban districts, the edge lands, where the city meets the countryside are my subjects. Artists inspired my work including Victor Pasmore, Ivon Hitchen, Albert Irvin, Peter Lanyon, and Adrian Berg. By studying these artist’s techniques and manner of observing and painting the landscape, I contextualise my work through the observation of their compositions, use of colour, and brush marks. Aboriginal artists including Mark Nodea also inspired me, not just the visual impact of the images they produce but also the spiritual connection of the native people to the land and aspects of their culture like the ‘walkabout’ and ‘Dreamtime’."