Hastings Open 2020, Hastings Museum and Art Gallery (HMAG)
[27 August 2020 - 3 January 2021]
The 168th Autumn Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy (RWA), Bristol
[21 November 2020 - 7 March 2021]
- Medium: Etching on steel
- Support: Somerset Textured White 300gsm handmade cotton paper
- Image Size (Matrix Size): 220 x 135mm
- Paper Size (Support Size): 380 x 280mm
- Edition: 75
- Drawn: c1980
- Published: 2019
Etched into steel in the early eighties, shortly after working with Hockney, who's influence is clearly visible. Delicate Stems has only recently been rediscovered and published in a small edition of 75 on handmade cotton paper.
Collectively, Richard Spare’s colourful images are a party of drypoints. It is the artist’s intention that his audience be immersed in the joy and happiness that his pictures evoke. The artist simply wants to capture an uplifting emotion utilizing floral arrangement, holiday harmony and other design motifs that reflect the joy of being.
Spare’s drypoints are poetic graphic statements that instantly communicate the beauty of time and place and nature. Familiarity doesn’t diminish this beauty … these images are layered in a subtle manner giving the viewer the desire to gaze into each picture to absorb a calming harmony and to be transported to another place.
It first appears that Richard Spare’s chosen medium of hand coloured aggressive drypoint is best suited to organic subject matter such as his flowers, birds and animals but he has employed it successfully in his portrayal of the sun drenched summer sea-side habour villages of southern England and France.
Richard Spare’s drypoints take us to another place. In the same way that centuries earlier Orientalism took most of its audience to another world, so Richard Spare takes us on holidays to the sun drenched summerness of Cornish fishing villages or the south of France … and in it’s simplest form, one can extract warmth and joy from the colourful richness of his birds and floral arrangements. This is the joy of being Richard Spare.