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Hello, I’m Richard

I was raised in Yorkshire but am now rooted in Wirksworth on the edge of the Derbyshire Peak District. I’m a visual artist and spent 25 years working in various creative industries, but in 2017 I broke free to pursue my passion for fine art. I’m now exploring new avenues of creative expression and reaching exciting new audiences. I draw, paint, photograph and create installations and enjoy combining natural and technical elements. I find much of my inspiration in the wilderness of nature and I’m passionate about maintaining biodiversity to benefit the human condition. I’m proud to have been awarded Graduate of the Year for Academic Excellence in 2021 from Nottingham College.


Our increasing disconnect with natural wonder is desperately concerning. We seem to seek comfort and control in an arms race that shields us from the chaos of mother nature but I want to be the unpredictable insect living in the shadows of the flat-pack lounge. I want to liberate us from the dust of everyday life by portraying the hard things we hide from in a sublime way so I deconstruct order and mesh it with nature to create a new kaleidoscope on the human condition. Some of my subjects are beautiful and others less so but humour is often my secret weapon to open a door to new perspectives and say things that mere words cannot explain. What drives me forwards is a belief that we have become far too comfortable so I’m with Banksy in believing that “Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.”



Exhibiting artist | SUMMER – OPEN CALL, Open Gallery, Halifax
Exhibiting artist | ILKON FILM FESTIVAL, Ilkeston, Derbyshire


Exhibiting artist | FRONTEER OPEN, Yorkshire Art Space, Sheffield
Exhibiting artist | ART WAVES FESTIVAL, Bridlington Spa, Bridlington
Exhibiting artist | STREET ART EXHIBITION, Surface Gallery, Nottingham
Exhibiting artist | DRAWING EXHIBITION, Fronteer Gallery, Sheffield
Exhibiting artist | ABSTRACT EXHIBITION, Surface Gallery, Nottingham
Exhibiting artist | FERENS OPEN, Ferens Art Gallery, Hull


Selected artist | LAND ART, Haus-a-Rest Arts E-Zine
Exhibiting artist | CONTEMPORARY PORTRAITS, Fronteer Gallery, Sheffield
Exhibiting photographer | SHERWOOD ART WEEK, Nottingham
Exhibiting artist | WIRKSWORTH FESTIVAL, Online Arts Prize
Exhibiting artist | CONTEMPORARY LANDSCAPES, Fronteer Gallery, Sheffield
Exhibiting artist | OUTSIDE POWER, National Justice Museum, Nottingham
Exhibiting photographer | LOOSEN ART LANGUAGE, Millepiani Gallery, Rome


Selected artist | ARTISTS RESPONDING TO, E-Zine
Exhibiting artist | TED LEWIS -GET CARTER 50TH ANNIVERSARY, 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe
Selected artist | NO JOBS IN THE ARTS, E-Zine
Exhibiting artist | BASSETLAW OPEN, Bassetlaw Museum, Retford
Artist of the month | DARK YELLOW DOT, Online
Shortlisted artist | 2020 VISION: 100 YEARS OF JUSTICE, Magistrates Association
Exhibiting artist | RESTRAINT/CONSTRAINT, National Justice Museum, Nottingham
Exhibiting artist | FERENS OPEN, Ferens Art Gallery, Hull


Exhibiting photographer | LIVING PHOTOGRAPHY, The Brunswick, Leeds
Exhibiting artist | THiNK SUMMER OPEN, THiNK Art Gallery, Nottingham
Shortlisted photographer | URBAN 2019 PHOTO AWARDS
Exhibiting artist | WIRKSWORTH ARTS TRAIL, Wirksworth, Derbyshire
Exhibiting artist | RAISED BEDS, Djanogly Art Gallery, Nottingham


2021 GRADUATE OF THE YEAR (academic excellence), Nottingham College


Volunteer Invigilator | QUAD Art Gallery, Derby
Branch Member & Speaker | Creative Mornings, Derby
Stoney Angel Artists | Art Cooperative, founding member


2018 – 2021 | BA Fine Art, Nottingham College (first class honours)
2017 – 2018 | Access to Art & Design, Nottingham College
1992 – 1995 | PhD Multimedia Technology in Education, University of Nottingham
1991 – 1992 | MSc Information Technology, University of Nottingham
1982 – 1985 | BSc Hons Zoology, University of Nottingham

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