Celebrated local artist is proud to show his interpretations of the stunning landscapes of Dorset for free viewing until December.
‘Surfaces’, a collection by Richard Allen, is now showing paintings of Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch at the Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts. The collection comprises of still-life landscapes including recent Purbeck-based scenery given Richard’s signature gestural touch.
Richard recently won Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year in 2016 and this year he has achieved the V&A Illustrator of the Year Award 2017. The Bournemouth resident was a hit on the Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year 2016 where he won over judges through numerous competition heats. The only man to upstage him, however, may have been his super enthusiastic father who Richard says is yet to see the ‘Surfaces’ exhibition.
Having studied Fine Art at Central Saint Martins College, London, prior to doing an MA, Richard followed a successful career as an illustrator. Nevertheless, Richard has now returned to his love of oil painting.
Exhibition curator from Poole Lighthouse, Stephen Bishop, contacted Richard to get him inspired by Dorset – making ‘Surfaces’ a reality. Richard says rock forms and surfaces at locations like Old Harry Rocks are ‘great for a landscape artist to get your teeth stuck into’.
The works included in the collection are available for sale with pricing ranging from £400-£4000. Richard now looks to the future which he sees staying within the world of paint. The exhibition commenced on 14th October and is now running until 2nd December.