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Richard Bizley

Born in 1957 in London, Barry graduated from Winchester School of Art in 1979 dreaming of one day becoming a full time artist.

He says this " I moved to Devon in 2004 and on setting up my own Studio in Appletree Cottage that dream became much closer. I have now moved to Seaton and with the sea only 1 mile away and stunning countryside on my doorstep, subject matter is endless.

Impressionism is a big influence on my work. I like to be Bold and Distinctive in my approach, not to  fussy. whilst keeping a figurative feel. My main Medium are Oils, either on Gessoed Board of Linen Canvas. 

Each new painting is an experiment in Brushwork. I try to keep each new painting fresh, and to capture the light playing on the scene in front of me. The camera is a very important tool as the light changes so quickly.

 A new subject offers new possibilities. My work is continually developing and evolving.

Most of my paintings are completed in the Studio using Photographic reference and on-site sketches. They are representative of the scene but not too detailed or fussy, and usually completed in two sessions- about 6 hours. This forces me not to get Bogged down in detail and keeps the painting alive and fresh.

I am intrigued by the light, be it early morning or at Sundown. This can involve some early rising with the camera. The Winter light can be amazing, if not rather chilly.

As the saying goes “you have to suffer for your Art”.

I greatly admire the work of past artists such as Walter Sickert and Edward Sego.

I am usually to be found sketching around my local towns of Seaton, Sidmouth, Beer, Colyton and Axmouth.

My work can also be found in Private collections in Hampshire, Devon, Cornwall, Wales Switzerland and Australia.

I hope you enjoy my work and it evokes a Memory for you to Cherish. 

Richard was born profoundly deaf in 1959 and has had a life-long interest in art and the natural sciences as well as many other subjects. He is a Fellow of the International Association of Astronomical Artists and his paintings have been published in various magazines and books and have been exhibited around the world. Recently Richard started painting local scenes and these are proving to be very popular, and they sell out as fast as he is painting them.

One interesting thing is that Richard has synaesthesia and ironically, in spite of not being able to enjoy music at all (due to my deafness), he is able to 'hear' things that he sees in the form of music in his head. This could be towering cloudscapes, moving or repeating objects such as lights on runways and so on, although he does not 'hear' colours.

He cannot imagine art without being able to 'hear' composition and scenes - he visualises these in his mind before commencing any painting and knows how a painting will 'sound' before he finishes. So with this gift, he is able to communicate through art the surrounding beauty of where he lives through his paintings. He feels his paintings show another dimension not often found in other paintings.

Richard owns the UK’s only Prehistoric and Space art gallery in Lyme Regis and this is where he does all his paintings.

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