Richard Corbett

Richard Corbett

Richard took his Foundation at Watford College in 1990 and then studied for a degree at Norwich School of Art, where he specialised in printmaking, graduating in 1994.

After a 7 year gap, when he focused on teaching in middle schools in Suffolk, Richard returned to printmaking with the Association of Suffolk Art Teachers with whom he gained a reputation across East Anglia for innovative abstract prints.

During this time his drawings were shown to the TV personality and recluse Sister Wendy Beckett. Inspired by a letter from her, he decided to move to Monmouth, South Wales, in 2005 to set up a studio, drawn by the beautiful rolling landscape and its contrast to the big skies of Suffolk.

After a period of continuing with his prints and creating paintings using abstract expressionist techniques, Richard made a dramatic decision to start to working with a brush on canvas in the tradition of the British landscape painter. In 2008 he teamed up with the RSPB to celebrate the Newport Wetlands and the final solo exhibition in London was a huge success. Since then his technique has developed quickly and his work is now recognised for its intensity of colour and radiance of light. Richard’s work is much sought after and hangs on walls across the UK.

“I am fascinated by the glorious effects of the sun as it travels across the land and sea.

My oil paintings, in beautiful Old Holland paints on fine canvas, try to capture the play of light and the atmosphere it creates; evoking memories of time spent in landscapes or in more intimate spaces.

On the other hand, the original relief prints that I make, using wood and DIY materials, are more abstract and express Nature’s raw energy.”

Since moving to Monmouth, and in 2012 to Worcester, he has exhibited widely, with solo exhibitions in London, France and Birmingham in the last few years. He leads printmaking and painting workshops locally and nationwide.

He now teaches at Alderman Knight School near Tewkesbury.

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