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


Read about my Antiselfie project here 

Brought up in a South Yorkshire pit village, Richard went on to study art at four different art schools. Starting out doing kitchen sink landscapes, he had an epiphany and pursed abstraction and conceptual art, which led him to come across the potential of the computer. In the early 90’s he became fascinated by computers and became a pioneering computer artist and award-winning teacher of art and music.

While continuing to make art, he has had parallel careers during the day in education and emerging technology.

Enterprise Transformation

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.

Education

He is a qualified schoolteacher, 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.

Associations

He is a BAFTA member, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and member of the Society of Authors.

He is currently the chair of trustees at the educational  charity, Professors Without Borders and a school governor.

Publishing

He has spoken at dozens of conferences, has written and published books/contributed chapters in digital advertising and media, and has written in many magazines.

He 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. 

Music

He writes and records electronic chamber music and has completed a number of albums.

Exhibiting AntiSelfies – paintings by any other name

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

1. The possibilities of channeling 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.

He has recently shown this new anti selfie work for the first time. 

Photography

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

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