Richard Heys

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I strive to bring presence into painting. This opens a soul space allowing the viewer to breath with the artwork. For me, a painting must have countenance – a spiritual presence – so that the artwork continues to live on in the mind of the viewer. Aiming for mystery in this world of the known, I work standing before the unknown.

For the past few years Richard has been based in a light-filled studio in Sussex, an acorn’s throw from the Ashdown Forest. He works with print-making tools and bespoke equipment, employing techniques which disguise his hand. Richard has taken his lead from the current questions around the use of the brush and its perceived excesses. Through these limitations and challenges he has achieved a greater freedom in his work. 

Richard is represented by Ashdown Gallery in Sussex and by Clifton Fine Art, Bristol. He exhibited at The Other Art Fair in in Bristol and London in 2016 & 2017. In 2015 and 2016 his work was selected for the ING Discerning Eye Exhibition, London. In 2017 his work was selected for the Creekside Open and the National Open Art Exhibition. 

Richard has a B.A (Hons) Fine Art, from Sunderland University, a diploma in Sculpture from Emerson College & a PGCE (DTTLS) from the University of Sussex.