Across the Strait, Afon Menai - Richard Barrett


Richard Barrett b.1963

Richard Barrett was born in Cardiff in 1963.  Now based in Yorkshire, much of the inspiration for his work has come from spending time walking the coastlines of Wales, the Peak District and Northumberland.

‘The dynamic of weather and light greatly influence my painting. My work tries to capture the moment when this interplay makes an emotional connection with me’.

He starts with sketches, but once back in the studio, the process of painting begins and intuition takes over. Memory and feelings guide the direction the piece takes, with the paint being worked from thin washes to thick impasto. Scratching, layering and marking further help give the work a sense of energy and movement.

The landscape that emerges is more suggestive than descriptive, inviting the viewer to find their own personal memories and interpretations from it.