Event Details

  • When: Tuesday, 14 April 2020

    Dates: 14,15,16,17 April


    Times: 10:00 – 16:00 each day


    Venue: The South Studio (Clay Studio), Emerson College, Forest Row


    Cost: £280

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    If you have any questions please phone Richard on: 01342 825135

PAINTING RETREAT: Spring into Colour

PAINTING RETREAT: Spring into Colour

Join local artist Richard Heys for a painting weekend inspired by poetry.

Catching the Spirit:

Shaping the Fleeting Moment
by exploring accident & intention

In these four days we will begin to open up and explore abstract space, structure and colour. Through drawing and painting we will explore relationships and wholeness within the artwork, focusing on composition and placement. We will use the immediacy and vibrancy of acrylics to develop these dynamics in our exciting colour conversations.



Richard Heys

For the past few years I have worked in a light-filled studio in south east England. I strive to bring presence into painting, to open up a soul space allowing the viewer to breath with the artwork. For me, a painting must have countenance – a spiritual presence – so that the artwork continues to live on in the mind of the viewer. Aiming for mystery in this world of the known, I create standing before the unknown.

What set me on this journey was discovering Ian McKeever’s Temple Paintings at the Royal Academy in 2007. I couldn’t understand how the piece came off the wall to greet me. I have, since that moment, wrestled with the issue of how to create a painting with presence. These days I have a deeper appreciation of how pure colour can project and recede from the picture plane and this is informed by the ‘frontality’ of the icon tradition, brought into the abstract Sublime by Mark Rothko.

In 2013 I was excited to visit the Gerhard Richter Retrospective at the Tate Modern and was surprised to discover that his work made me feel ill. Seeing wall after wall of grey or smeared and scraped colours left me without breath. At that very moment I decided to go home, get out some print making equipment and make some paintings that glowed with transparent breathing colour. This exploration is ongoing. 

In my practice I work with print-making tools, brushes and bespoke squeegees. I love with a passion the ethereal nature of colour and the physical qualities of paint. I work to remould inner spaces, to invite attention to and engagement with surface and depth, outer picture and inner soul-space. I aim to create, borrowing a phrase, "the painting as a doorway".

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