Thursday, December 18, 2014

The First Batch

Just posted out the first batch of 'Corrib Gas Art Project' Calenders yesterday to all who got in touch. The Calenders have literally gone out across the globe, Australia, Thailand, Lebanon, and all across the United States - New York, Chicago, Wisconsin, and L.A, not to mention all over Ireland.

I feel truly privileged to have been asked to create these paintings and take on this commissioned project. I wish I could start it all over again!

Today I had the opportunity to have all twenty three paintings I created professionally photographed in their bespoke stainless steel frames. I'm looking forward to announce dates when this body of work will be on public exhibit in 2015.

Thanks a million for all the continuing support and interest in this commissioned project.

- Richard

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Landscape Untitled

I suppose it's true, "A painting is never finished - it simply stops in interesting places"*.  I also heard an idea presented recently by Vincent Desiderio I think, a New York based artist, where he quoted some other artist who said, that when he began a painting all his painting heroes where in the room, and one by one they left as the painting progressed until it was only him - and then he left! I think I can relate.

Just today I put the finishing touches to this piece. I began creating and working on the composition sometime in early June of this year. Now I have to come up with a title for the painting. Any ideas? It's such a dreamy image - it reminds me a little of some of the mystery, nostalgia and memory presented the works of the recently deceased Andrew Wyeth. I hope you like it. - RH

* quote by Paul Gardner.

Untitled - oil on museum panel - 28"x20"

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Lone Horse, Caher Valley, Fanore

Some months ago during a walk with a friend of mine up the Khyber pass in Fanore I came across this image of a Lone grey horse standing on top of a rugged Burren hill. I was drawn in immediately to his still and majestic silhouetted form set against the sky.

This path, which snakes east inland along the Caher river valley passes a deserted famine village. The Caher river is the only river in the Burren which flows it's entire course above ground. It has to be one of my very favourite places to walk as it looks untouched and has this timeless quality.

Describing the embankment in this painting I employed glazes and scumbles which I built up over time. The majority of the paintings colour has a cool feel to it offset by the beautiful warm tones I found in the horse's coat.

I hope you like it. - RH

Lone Horse, Caher Valley, Fanore - oil on museum panel - 12"x8"

Sunday, December 7, 2014

2015 Calender Proofing

On Tuesday last I travelled from my studio in Ballyvaughan to the Cashin print studios in Castlebar, County Mayo. There, accompanied by Boo, Deirdre Cavanagh-Walsh of SEPIL and photographer Eamonn Boyle I met with Damien Cashin to view the first run of prints for a calender SEPIL are producing of my work on the Corrib Gas project. The calender contains some twelve images of my paintings in process and finish.

I'm looking forward to sending these out to all who have requested copies and for any of you who would like a copy just drop me a line here, call me +353 (0)862161135 or email with your address and I will be sure to send them along to you in time for the New Year.

Photos by Eamonn Boyle.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Representation in London.

I'm delighted to announce that my work is now represented in London by The Barbara Stanley Gallery.

My paintings are now on display as part of the galleries annual Christmas event exhibition.

This long established contemporary art gallery is located in the south west area of London. Please do call in when you are in the area to see the beautiful selection of works on show.

The gallery is located close to Hyde Park on 27 Connaught Street, London W2 2AY. This show runs from the 1st to 14th of December.

- Richard

The Barbara Stanley Gallery, London -

Monday, December 1, 2014

The TBM - SEPIL Commission 015

Below is an image of my latest piece in progress for the SEPIL commissioned project. Just like the piece entitled 'The Terminal', this painting 'The TBM', has it's foundation in carefully considered drawing and design on which I overlaid a strong concept for the use of bold and dramatic colour.
I'm really happy with how it's progressing.

Tomorrow I leave my studio in Ballyvaughan to travel to Mayo to see a printed proof of a 2015 calendar that SEPIL are producing which contains images of my artworks created especially for this commissioned project.

Looking forward to share images of the calendar with you soon, and if anybody would like a calendar posted out to them for the New Year please let me know by email: or call me on +353 1 (0)86 216 1135. I'd be delighted to send you one.

- Richard

Friday, November 28, 2014

My Art Works Available On-line

I am making a number of my paintings available for purchase on-line in advance Christmas. I would love to hear from you, to help find a painting or paintings that suit, and would be sure to get the artwork(s) to you or to a loved one all wrapped up as a very special gift in advance of Christmas. These available paintings also come with optional payment plans in place to suit your budget.

Please Email or Phone me for a Special Website Address to see the Available Pieces with Pricing.


Phone: +353 (0)86 216 1135

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

KAVA Group Exhibit at the Russell Gallery

This coming Saturday my work will appear as part of a group exhibition with KAVA - the Kinvara Area Visual Arts group. The exhibit takes place at the Russell Gallery located close to the Flaggy Shore in the New Quay area of North County Clare.
The show will be opened by Aideen Barry, a visual artist and current assistant lecturer at The Limerick School of Art. Aideen also serves as the western regional representative for Visual Artist Ireland (VAI). I'm looking forward to celebrate this launch with all involved.

'Winter Collection' will open on Saturday 29th of November at 18.30h
at the Russell Gallery, New Quay, Burrin, County Clare.
This show runs until December 31st.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Message in a Bottle

Since arriving home from Paris and Germany I've been solely concentrating on my commissioned project for SEPIL, which has a deadline for the end of December. I'm just giddy to share with you the final pieces for this painting commission. I'll be sure to post an image on December 1st for you all to see.

I also have a number of landscape pieces I began way back in May or June of this year, but put them aside for a time. I look forward to examine them afresh and bring them to completion in 2015.

Here also attached is an image of a large observational painting I have been working on intermittently for sometime. It's very nearly finished now. Hope you like it. - RH

Friday, November 14, 2014

From Paris to the Palatinate

On Sunday last we travelled by TGV train from Paris into the heartland of the Palatinate in south-western Germany. This was to be my third visit to Germany this year. I journeyed to spend time with my friend and artist Ralph Gelbert and to discuss a commissioned painting project for the Muller-Catoir family, a large and renowned fine wine producing family in the region.

The trip was such fun and it was so nice to be able to see this area of Germany in the late autumn/early winter and to share this place with Boo for the first time.

In July of this year I had been invited to take part in an International Symposium of painters and sculptures in this area and had the opportunity to create work and exhibit. During my time there I was fortunate enough to be hosted by the Catoir family and discussions began about commissioned paintings of mine to add to the families large collection which dates back some three hundred years.
I look forward to putting planning in place so I can start work on these pieces in April of next year.

I will never forget the warm hospitality we received in this area of Germany. And I look forward to welcome my friends from Neustradt an der Weinstrasse to Ireland again some time soon.

Below some pictures from our visit including highlights of mine from the Staedel Museum in Frankfurt.

Beautifully prepared dinner at Studio Gelbert's and plenty of fine wine!

A view of Ralph's studio space from our bedroom!

Crossing a bridge over the Rhine river in Frankfurt. Don't ask me what we were pointing at!

Städel Museum, Front facade Photo: Städel Museum

Arnold Böcklin - Villa by the Sea.

Jean-Léon Gérôme - Saint Jerome and a Lion.

Rembrandt - The Blinding of Samson.