Richard Whadcock

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Richard Whadcock studied on a general fine art course at Bristol Art College from 86-89 followed by a Masters Degree in Printmaking at the Royal College of Art from 89-91 working in intaglio and and in lithography. Printmaking’s structure has found its way into his approach to painting from the preparation of a painting surface, hand wiping etching plates to hand wiping paintings. His paring down of everything that is insignificant to the bare essentials for the image to work is synonymous with his work. His work has constantly being influenced, by artist such as Cy Twombly, Robert Motherwell, Milton Avery to Vermeer, Turner and Rembrandt. Richard was invited to stay at Cill Rialaig, artists residences, in Kerry. Its strong influence is prominent in his paintings, returning every year since. Closer to home the South Downs and Sussex coastline have always been inspiration for the paintings. Recent visits to Portugal and Italy have also reawakened the connections with the urban landscape. It is the amorphic nature of the landscape that he is looking to capture. Coastal weather front’s rapidly change the look and feel of the landscape. Known geographical detail can be expunged by a coastal mist, smudged away by a downpour or bleached out by intense low morning or evening sun. Feeding back into the way he manipulates the paint. It is these transitions from one state to another that the paintings are dealing with, small periods of time, not really a singular moment as such. The evocation of a place, perhaps in ones memories of somewhere you have been to. Recalling a feeling and sense of place during a passage of time.