North Devon Arts Award and Talk

North Devon Open Arts Show: Exhibition, Award and Talk (+ one new work): I went to the Museum of North Devon at Barnstaple for the preview of the 11th Annual Exhibition on January 21st where I have 6 paintings on show, and was surprised and delighted to receive an Award and small bursary for which I'm very grateful (may I now assume the moniker "Award-winning" and thus, it seems to me, join the main throng of creativity?). The event and award is at the behest of the Barnstaple Museum, and it is to them principally, as Stella points out below, that I am indebted, and I am grateful to her for the opportunity to correct that. It is to North Devon Arts that I am progammed to give a talk in March at The Broomhill Sculpture Park.

A friend gave me a superb bottle of Oban Malt whisky in exchange for a painting - which seems to me quite a good deal; he thought so too.

One new painting (Witch Hazel) is on the website, click on the image here to see a larger reproduction.

Witch Hazel

Isabella
- 14 September 2017 at 12:14pm

Well done, Richard. We are going to try to get up to Barney tomorrow
Raoul
- 14 September 2017 at 12:15pm

thanks and congratulations,
I like the way the pictures are displayed on the website - looks like you got a new technique for photographing them. all the best
Sally
- 14 September 2017 at 12:15pm

Wonderful news...An award winning artist!
Congratulations
Paul
- 14 September 2017 at 12:15pm

Congratulations Richard! I'll have to pop in and see them in situ, I'm liking the new work.
Victoria
- 14 September 2017 at 12:15pm

Congratulations! Well deserved and very pleased for you.
Stella Levy
- 14 September 2017 at 12:16pm

Richard, well done for gaining this award - just one correction. The show is organised by North Devon Arts, but by the Barnstaple Museum, it was them who gave you the bursary. North Devon Arts give you a year's free membership. Full title of the show is; The North Devon Open Arts Show - quite a mouthful.
Stella Lecy
- 14 September 2017 at 12:16pm

Opp's, meant to say this show is NOT organised by North Devon Arts!
Sorry.
RM
- 14 September 2017 at 12:16pm

Thanks everyone so far for the heartfelt comments. I really appreciate them. Sorry Stella, point taken, it's quite confusing. I guess it was the title that led me to think it was principally NDA and not N. Devon Theatres Trust. Yes, I know I should be more savvy. Sorry and extra gratitude to the Museum of North Devon in Barnstaple. It's a superb venue with masses to see besides this exhibition.
Mike A
- 14 September 2017 at 12:16pm

Congratulations on the award! Yes, you are now officially a prize-winning painter. I like the paintings on the website. You're really doing well.
Gill
- 14 September 2017 at 12:17pm

Congrats on the award, well deserved.
Cat
- 14 September 2017 at 12:17pm

The reason your paintings appeal more to women than men, as you say, is that it is obvious in your paintings that you love the female form, and love women in fact. Your beautiful soul shines through, and your figurescapes and portraits are stunning in their appreciation of women, without objectification. You don't just paint the skinny model types, you paint women of all ages and sizes, with love, and that just shines through. Women are drawn to that because all too often we are objectified, and a lot of men try to change or eliminate our flaws (be that extra weight, or too small or large of breasts, whatever it may be) and force us to conform to a "norm" that is not who we are. That alone is why I prefer the company of women to men both emotionally and sexually.
Malcolm H
- 14 September 2017 at 12:17pm

Congratulations on your award which is well deserved.

Good luck too for the talk in March I'm sure the audience will be enthralled.
Val B
- 14 September 2017 at 12:17pm

Your latest portrait painting exudes that inner beauty I was looking for in your painting of the human form. She has inner peace and beauty, a hint of a smile making me wonder what amused her and some self awareness, perhaps breathlessness. Well done! The only thing I wondered about is what happened to her right hand/ on the left of the picture. It seems to be missing (it doesn’t seem to be behind or in her hair) or did I misunderstand what I was looking at?
Sally
- 14 September 2017 at 12:18pm

The exhibition looked great, sorry I couldn't get there.
Debbie High
- 14 September 2017 at 12:18pm

An award! How wonderful! Congratulations! Love your thought provoking, emotional works of art.
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