Richard Whadcock studied fine art painting and printmaking at Bristol Polytechnic and went on to complete his Masters at the Royal College of Art. He then moved to Brighton and established his current studio. A residency at Lowick House Print Workshop in Cumbria in 1996 further developed his printmaking but also led to painting coming more to the fore and becoming his main area of focus.
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Richard exhibits his painting widely across the country, including predominantly at the Northcote Gallery, London. His work has been selected for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition for the last 2 years and also the Discerning Eye Exhibition, Mall Galleries.
Richard builds up layers or primer that hide the canvases weave and produces a substantial surface that will hold the marks he makes and yet allow the free movement of paint where necessary. Layers are built up of thin glazes of a usually limited palette. The primed base colours are allowed to influence the top glazes or are completely obliterated only to be revealed again as layers, that are then sanded back or drawn through whilst still wet. At some point the painting process inevitably takes over and starts to generate the paintings subsequent direction. Each time the painting is worked on, the whole surface is worked on with some areas getting more significant changes and others simply refined.
Richard says ‘ I aim for my paintings to evoke a place, perhaps in your memories of somewhere that you have been to. To describe a feeling, an atmosphere during a passage of time. The viewer is bringing something to the painting as well, the painting draws it out of you only to deliver you back through the layers of light and depth’.