Thursday, May 14, 2015

Reception for the Prince of Wales at NUI Galway

Some incredible news! My work has been selected to feature alongside works by Anne Madden, Manus Walsh and Mollie Douthit at a reception for Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales at NUI Galway next Friday.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

'Aquarian' as part of Rhyme and Reason at Hazel Mountain Chocolates.

'Illusions are useful only if we use them
To help us get to our true reality.
Initiations and rituals, if they are noble,
Have this power,
(They magnify the secret hour)
They enable us to pass from
The illusion of our lesser selves
To the reality of our greater selves,
Our soaring powers.

An extract from Ben Okri's poem 'Mental Fight'.

Promised to post a high resolution picture of this painting I created recently entitled 'Aquarian'.
This piece features alongside fifteen other original works at my current exhibit 'Rhyme and Reason'.
The show opened on Friday at Hazel Mountain Chocolates to a huge crowd and great interest.
The exhibit run now Monday to Sunday 10Am to 6PM until Friday May 22nd.

Aquarian - oil on canvas - 100x80cms
Private Collection, Ireland

Monday, May 4, 2015

Gin Bottle with cucumber and peppercorns

A strong pictorial narrative no matter how simple is always important. With this piece I worked with warm light and cool shadow areas, large spaces set off against strong use of fine exacting line work.

Hope you like it. - Richard

Gin Bottle with cucumber and peppercorns - oil on canvas panel - 12"x10"
Private Collection, Ireland.
Featuring in my coming solo exhibit 'Rhyme and Reason' at Hazel Mountain Chocolates, Oughtmama, County Clare this Friday May 8th at 7PM.

Friday, May 1, 2015

'Rhyme or Reason'.

This day week marks the opening of 'Rhyme and Reason', a solo exhibition of representational still life paintings created here in my studio in the Burren, County Clare.

Opening the show at Hazel Mountain Chocolates will be Gordon D'Arcy a renowned expert in Irish heritage and wildlife as well as a published writer and Head of Irish Studies at the Burren College of Art.

The Exhibit's launch will take place at 7PM on Friday 8th of May and will be open daily 10AM to 6PM, Monday to Sunday running until Friday 22nd of May.

Below is another very recent piece that I am yet to title. This painting will feature in this exhibit along with some thirteen accompanying works and a selection of fine art archival high fidelity giclee prints.

I'm looking forward to the show now.
Hope you will be able to join me there.

- Richard

Monday, April 27, 2015

Let the Great World Spin

I'm not talking directly about Colum McCann's incredible novel but it's so true - the time and tide waits for no one and our great world just keeps on spinning!

Right now I'm a busy busy boy getting ready for two coming exhibitions.
This morning Gordon D'Arcy, Professor of Irish Heritage Studies and published author visited my studio in Ballyvaughan to view the paintings I have selected for inclusion in my coming local exhibit of representational still life paintings.

It was really enjoyable spending some time with Gordon explaining my interests, various approaches and ways of working. Gordon who paints and draws himself and has illustrated many books on Irish wild life has kindly agreed to open my exhibit 'Rhyme or Reason' on May 8th with the Burren Chocolatiers at Hazel Mountain Chocolates. He will call back to my studio again this Sunday to talk some more about my art practice and career to date over a cuppa.

This evening I put the finishing  touches to this painting below entitled 'Valencia'.
The image your seeing here is not the finished piece but it's close enough.

During my time in Barcelona I became absolutely hooked on freshly squeezed orange juice! I suppose there are worse things to be addicted to! This addiction was compounded further during time spent in Valencia where copious amounts and varieties of oranges where readily available. many of which were sampled in jugs of Aqua de Valencia (look it up). The oranges were literally growing on the side of the roads there.

- Richard

Friday, April 24, 2015

Exhibition in Oughtmama.

I'm really excited to be announcing my first 'local' exhibition/event here in the Burren, County Clare.

Teaming up with Burren Chocolatiers, Kasha Kola and John Connelly at Hazel Mountain Chocolates, myself and Boo will present an exhibition featuring a selection of my original Still Life paintings.
Some of which feature here on my website

Plus after the opening night I will make a number of my Limited Edition Giclee Prints available
for purchase at the exhibition space in Oughtmama. See here for the entire range to of these prints created to date.

Opening my show will be Gordon D'Arcy a renowned expert in Irish heritage and wildlife as well as a published writer and Head of Irish Studies at the Burren College of Art.

The Exhibit will be open daily 10AM to 6PM, Monday to Sunday and runs until Friday 22nd May.
I hope many of you can come to visit us there in this incredible location in the Burren, County Clare.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Ways of Working.

This morning I gently heightened the colour of a plum in a delicate still life painting using a soft brush with a touch of pure cadmium red, then an hour later smothered part of a large format canvas in an oily black viscus!

What does your art practice consist of? What is your process? How would you define your practice? How important are definitions and definitives? These are questions I force myself to answer at times. Or questions I feel I should want answers to, as I tell myself an academic discourse demands it!

I know when I listen to a group of musicians and enjoy their sound it can be off putting or disappointing when they dramatically change their style. Perhaps humans always seek the familiar?
In a conversation with artist Katie St. Claire, she pointed out that humans have this ancient inbuilt recognition pattern identifier and build up 'a story' or 'picture' through repetition.

On the other hand when a group or artist changes their style and it's successful for us it becomes a revelation. They take us along with them on an important evolutionary journey. The band Radiohead for example have continued to evolve and change over the course of their long career but we still recognize them as unmistakably 'Radiohead'. A painting by Gerhard Richter is still a Richter whether it's a photorealistic piece or a pure abstraction. So, what is it in the work that becomes that identifier? A certain quality? Is the artist even conscious of that innate sensibility?

My interests in music, film and the visual arts span a gigantic field. Knowing what I like and don't like - what I understand and what doesn't appeal to me. I've always enjoyed engaging in multi disciplines and different aspects of the arts practice but I'm most defiantly committed to painting.
A chat in my studio with the Dean of Academics at the Burren College of Art, Conor Mc Grady illustrated one thing that has been a constant in my practice. That is an 'Engagement - Reflection' ethos or pattern as apposed to the 'Thinking - Executing' process which would be more akin to the way most illustrators might work.

Finally, posing these questions of style and evolution to a young painter from Michigan today - Marc Ferraro, I confided that at times I pine for sure direction - the known, the familiar! He quickly displaced my concerns as only a young fresh and agile mind can by saying 'I'm more engaged with painters that change and develop through different processes and ways of working. Painters that repeat things bore me'!

As Deepak Chopra said, 'What is the known? The known is just the conditioned past, there is no evolution in that, absolutely no evolution whatsoever'.

Marc Ferraro's studio space at the Burren College of Art undergrad study abroad programme.
In this body of work Marc has been using free association and instinct to generate imagery for these painterly works.

A sequential series of images of me putting down some initial gestural strokes and marks onto a large format canvas. Trusting 'accident' and 'chance' as well as my physical movement to bring about something new and undiscovered.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Limited Edition Fine Art Prints

About two weeks ago I collaborated on producing my first ever run of Limited Edition Fine Art Prints. With the help of photographer and printing technician Robert Ellis we created a series of the highest quality Satin Rag Giclee prints in the Burren College of Art digital printing lab.  

The fine art prints are looking incredibly amazing if I say so myself - I'm so happy with them. 

Please give me a shout if your interested in an image or three from this first run!
These Fine Art prints have been produced with great care and to the highest quality possible.
Each print is Certified, Signed and Stamped by the Artist. 

Each image is limited to just 15 prints! Prints can be purchased at a cost of €300 each ex. postage.

Purchased work will arrive in professional packing and framing advice and recommendation can be given.

Contact: Richard Hearns Email:  Phone: +353 (0)86 2161135.

Here below images of the first six images to be produced and a link to a folder on my facebook page containing images of the first six prints. P.s I'll be posting out my Spring Newsletter in the next couple of days. You can subscribe to receive this quarterly on my website homepage  

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Kindest Regards,
Richard Hearns

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Aquarian by Richard Hearns

'Illusions are useful only if we use them
To help us get to our true reality.
Initiations and rituals, if they are noble,
Have this power,
(They magnify the secret hour)
They enable us to pass from
The illusion of our lesser selves
To the reality of our greater selves,
Our soaring powers.

An extract from Ben Okri's poem 'Mental Fight'.

Below an image of my latest painting entitled 'Aquarian'.
I've been working on this image over the past couple of weeks and think it's very near complete.
I'll be sure to post a high resolution image of this piece as soon as I can, and it very well may become part of my Limited Edition Fine Art Print series.
Details of which I'll announce in the coming fortnight or so.

Aquarian - oil on linen - 100x80cms
Private Collection, Ireland.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Let me tell you a story!

There is a small island just off the Cambodian coast in the eastern gulf of Thailand.
I've spent many months if not years there, procrastinating, at play, training, painting and being an idyll island bum. In fact, after a quick calculation I reckon I've spent somewhere in the region of three years of my life on that small island outcrop.

As you can imagine I have many stories and tales from this place. The island holds a special interest in my heart and I feel many miraculous things happened for me there. One being it's the place I met my wife and another in finding my calling in art.

The story I want to share with you today has a more sinister side to it or perhaps not, depending on which side of the fence you stand.

One beautiful clear Thai winters day a young English man arrived on the island after a trip to the mainland. He brought with him several grams of Opium! I'd seen drugs on the island before but in all my years there had never heard of opium being available in this region.

A great deal of the opium was smoked in various cheap knock-off oriental style pipes or rolled in tobacco joints. Several grams of the opium was ingested by infusing it in a hot tea!

Within a couple of hours a palpable air of change took place. The atmosphere in the resort became other worldly. It's occupants in a zombified stupor. Everyone was 'out of it' and insular. Akin to being wrapped up in a ball of cotton. No one ate or washed for what seemed like days. Communication among the lodgers became rare. I remember the cook asking questions - why is no one eating, why are there no orders of milkshakes and the usual dishes to the kitchen? What happened to the seven o'clock rush for dinner?

So, what happened? Well, long term I suppose as the opium dried up the people who came and took part made moves to find more of the same further afield. The place returned to normality and island life began again.

I made several mixed media drawings on paper in my notebook trying desperately to capture the atmosphere of change before it slipped my reach. As I set up this recent still life with a dried opium pod and an old tin pot I was reminded of those few dreamy days by the sea on the secluded island I liked to think I knew so well.


Opium Pod and Tin Pot - oil on linen - 20"x20"
Contact for availability and pricing.

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