Local artist, Richard White, is well known for his stunning seascapes and explorations of the natural world.
I caught up with Richard recently to chat about his upcoming exhibition at The Green Room in Ipswich. Richard will be one of the first artists to occupy the walls of the new café and gallery space with an exhibition running from 17th June – 30th June 2019.
Richard is continuously inspired by the landscape of East Anglia. He spotlights corners of the landscape that some would find unremarkable and finds subjects for his paintings in a mass of intertwined shapes and abstract forms made by shadows.
“Water is always a particular fascination to me,” explained Richard, “Whether it is the open sea or the woodland ponds. The ocean’s empty horizon and repetitive movements are captivating, mesmerising and instil contemplation and peacefulness.”
Richard’s paintings have origins in his own black and white photographs. Through a labour intensive process, Richard transfers the image to a canvas with great care and precision. He will decide intuitively on the palette colours, allowing the overall feeling of the painting to develop as the creative process continues.
Each painting can take months to complete and Richard enjoys exploring different approaches and mediums. Some paintings are more about rhythm, form and design, rather than capturing nature in reality. Richard is interested in only referring to, rather than describing, natural phenomena, concentrating instead on spatial complexities with a decorative edge. His paintings incorporate heightened colour schemes and dream like qualities that make them mesmerising to behold.
During the exhibition, Richard will be at the café to chat to visitors about his work and will occasionally be painting at the space.
The Green Room, which opened in April, has been founded by Su-Ling to be a community focused venture with collaborative workshops, changing exhibitions and soul nourishing food. Come along to The Green Room from 17thJune – 30thJune to see Richard’s exhibition and soak up the atmosphere of this new cultural hotspot. See you there!