16 – 26 March
A selection of paintings from the Stolen Time series.
Private View Wednesday 16 March from 6 – 8 pm
Stolen Time is the main series of work I’ve been making since the beginning of the pandemic. The title “Stolen Time” relates to many things: the pandemic as well as the time that was gifted to us, as the whole world was forced to pause. The paintings were driven by the shocks and concerns of the pandemic and the crises faced by the world and the earth – fear of death and through this a greater connection to, and celebration of, life. There is an ecstasy to this series, a sense of drama and otherworldly visits – uncanny and essential.
I experienced these paintings as visitors – their presence was there with me, rolling through the studio like the rhythms of a great tide.
Looking back over the past two years I realise that this is the most extensive and long term engagement I have had with a particular theme and group of paintings. I’ve been told that artists thrive among restrictions and I found this to be true. The enforced privacy and isolation of the first and subsequent lockdowns meant the studio became a haven and the work took on a life of its own. Soon my language as a painter became clearer, the silence seeming all the louder in-between these many works, inculcating wonderful moments in paint.
Richard will be in the Gallery:
Saturday 19 March 2 – 4
Friday 25 March 2 – 4
Saturday 26 March 11 – 3:30
Richard’s studio is in Forest Row, Sussex and he is represented by Clifton Fine Art in Bristol. He has had solo shows of his work in the UK, Germany and Switzerland.
Richard is a member of the Sevenoaks Visual Arts Forum & the Free Painters & Sculptors. His work is in private collections in the UK, Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Switzerland and the USA.
He creates paintings with presence and is committed to colour.