About Richard

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but too often the beholder needs glasses. That’s the role of the artist.

Richard trained in art at four different art schools. In the early 90’s he became fascinated by computers and became a pioneering computer artist and award-winning teacher of art and music.

Since then he has applied his art and creativity to solving tech problems for large business and has been a pioneer in interactive TV, made games, worked as a programmer, creative director, head of digital and highly successful independent enterprise consultant at many companies including Microsoft XBox, BBC, BSkyB, Aviva and The Royal Shakespeare Company.

He founded a digital arts department at the London College of Music (TVU), co-founded and was Principal at the School of Communication Arts. He has taught creativity, art and technology at UWL(TVU),  Birkbeck College, London College of Fashion, School of Communication Arts, and he held a visiting Professorship at Salford University. He is currently Visiting Senior Fellow at the University of Lincoln.

He is a BAFTA member, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and member of the Society of Authors. He is also currently the Head of Comms and Advisor to the educational NGO, Professors Without Borders.

He has spoken at dozens of conferences, written and published books, has written in many magazines and currently writes about art and digital practice at www.create-hub.com He also co-hosts the TECHnique podcasts of interviews with artists who use technology, which can be subscribed to here on iTunes and also here on Soundcloud. 

He writes and records electronic chamber music and has completed four albums.

More recently, he has started exhibiting his work again and it explores four things.

1. The possibilities of channelling extreme personal trauma through art, reducing its impact on the person and helping one to manage it. This is extremely autobiographical. Wellness.

2. It tackles the dark underbelly of selfie culture. Each piece is a selfie that aims to show the bad bits we all curate out of our selfies, it takes a direct dig at the people who always show themselves being “great.” Selfies are the biggest cultural art form of the last decade and they have resulted in a quite remarkable culture emerging where people curate their lives for personal gain. We all get sick of them but at the same time we are fascinated, from the Kardashians at the top who have talents for precisely nothing in other fields to people who actively exploit their abusive relationships to gain status and viewers, it’s a culture the like of which we have never seen before.

3. Visually and aesthetically my work sits firmly in the Northern European tradition of expressionism, sitting firmly in the line from Rembrandt through Courbet, Munch, Kokoshka to Bacon and beyond.

4. It is largely a mix of digital paintings done with a stylus, some computational pixel manipulation and is created to be simulacra of the works of the expressionists through exploring contemporary computational media, much like the pop artists used the emergent media they had.

His allied photography looks at fleeting moments that we see out of the corner of our eyes. Fragmentary moments of modern Beauty. 

He has recently shown this work for the first time. 

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but too often the beholder needs glasses. That’s the role of the artist.