Event Details

  • When: Thursday, 16 January 2020

    Dates: 16, 23, 30 January & 6, 13  February 2020


    Times: 9 – 12 each morning (including tea/coffee break)


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


    Cost: £105 upfront or £26 per morning on a drop in basis

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

MORNING CLASSES: Thursday Morning Painting Group

MORNING CLASSES: Thursday Morning Painting Group

Join local artist Richard Heys for a series of Thursday Morning exploring abstract painting.

We will explore & discover the movements of colour and how to create a colour space, looking at how to create successful abstract compositions. We will work with acrylics and will try out a variety of contemporary painting techniques working with squeegees, silicon tools, brushes, water and more!

The campus at Emerson provides beautiful surroundings and stunning views of the Medway valley and Ashdown Forest.

Richard will provide guidance and inspiration and share aspects of his approaches to drawing, painting and colour. 



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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