Richard Bavin

Richard’s work is primarily about light.  Outdoors he makes drawings and watercolour sketches supported by photographs and notes.  Equally important is the memory of sitting quietly in one place for 6-7 hours.  He aims to carry something of this contemplative element into his studio paintings.  Working in either watercolours or oils, he applies paint in layers over several weeks, introducing ambiguities of light and space which slowly open up to the viewer.  His intention is to try and distill the experiences into images which evoke the character and mood of the place. He is currently working in The Brecon Beacons, with Maggie Banks, preparing for an exhibition at Apple Store Gallery in August 2013.

Resume I started to paint seriously in 1996 when I left my previous career as an IT project manager to live in New Zealand.  Now based in Herefordshire, I exhibit and tutor regionally as a full-time professional artist, and have a studio at Artsite 3.  Specialising in landscape, particularly woodland and orchards, I work in charcoal, ink, watercolour and oils.  The Apple Store Gallery in Hereford has represented me since its inception in 2005.

Training Sep 2002 – Jun 2008 Fine Art BA 1st Class Honours – University of Gloucestershire (formerly Cheltenham School of Art), part-time

Sep 2000 – Jun 2002 Advanced Diploma in Fine Art – Hereford College of Arts, part-time

Solo Shows

Spirit of Place Jul 2011 The Bleddfa Centre, Powys

A Herefordshire Wood Sep 2008  Apple Store Gallery  (featured artist)

Trees & Water Jul-Aug 2005  Apple Store Gallery (featured artist)

Hidden Village Nov – Dec 2004  Rune & Resolution, Pershore

Selected Group Shows

Castle Street Contemporaries Apr-May 2012, invited show, Apple Store Gallery

Stations of the Cross Lent 2012, invited group show, Discoed

Orchard’s Seasons Oct 2011, invited joint show, Apple Store Gallery

Art-Fest Aug 2011 selected show, Bishop’s Palace, Hereford

Orchard Odyssey Apr 2011 invited show, Apple Store Gallery

Heritage Orchards Sep 2010 invited show, Apple Store Gallery

Treescapes Jan-Apr 2010 six artists, Barker Gallery, Pontypool

The Wickton Creative Sep 2009, 2010 invited show, Stoke Prior

This Fragile Earth Jul – Aug 2009 invited show, Monmouth

Miniworks 2007 Aug-Sep 2007 selected show, Hereford

Artists Talking Apr-Jun 2006 open show, Apple Store Gallery

Presteigne Show Apr 2006 selected show, St Andrew’s, Presteigne

h.Art Open Exhibition Sep 2005 selected showcase exhibition, Hereford

Artistree Open Exhibition Feb-Mar 2005 open show, Ledbury

The Thin Line Oct-Dec 2004 selected show, Barker Gallery, Pontypool

Hidden Village Jun 2003 joint show with Diana Thomas, Abergavenny

Framed Work for the Future Nov 2003 showcase exhibition, Pittville Gallery, Cheltenham

Emerging Young Artists Feb 2003 national selected exhibition, Birmingham

Residencies

Drawing the Light Mar 2010 St Weonards Benefice, Herefordshire

Experimental Drawing Jul 2007 Bleddfa Centre, Powys

Creative Roots Jun 2006 Bleddfa Centre, Powys

Art & The Spirit Jul 2005 Bleddfa Centre, Powys

Art in the Woods Sep 2004 devised and project managed woodland art trail featuring 50 artists at Queenswood Arboretum

Outdoor Labyrinth 1997-2000 led community project to raise funds and create a full-sized replica of the medieval labyrinth in Chartres Cathedral, Lower Hutt, New Zealand

Awards

Winner of student award – Miniworks Exhibition, The Courtyard, Hereford 2007

Winner of student award – Artistree Open Exhibition, Ledbury 2005

National finalist – Edexcel Achievement Awards 2002

Publications

Landscape Painting: Experience, Place and Visual Language; Three British Artists Explored: Ivon Hitchens, John Walker and Michael Williams, 2009, VDM (see Amazon web site)

Artist’s website: www.richardbavin.com