Richard Benbow

Richard Benbow
BA (Hons) Fine Art // University of Salford ’20

Richard is a visual artist based in the North West of England.

“My current practice focuses predominantly on painting. I explore the local landscape and react to my environs; researching through photography, video, note taking, and poetry. I begin with the simple act of walking. I stake out my territory. A lyrical loiterer I am. Inspiration springs from the absorption of the landscape through the senses – touch, seeing, hearing, and feeling in a spiritual sense: for our connection to the land is deeper than purely physical, the memories we gather vibrate and reverberate within our hearts and minds.

The tool of abstraction enables me to configure my message. I am interested in psychogeography and the world around me which I interpret through thought, philosophy and ideas. Paradoxically, the world subsists in a ‘concrete’ existence; however, I don’t attempt to represent external reality but seek to portray the world through shapes, colours, and textures. Rural/suburban/urban districts, the edgelands, where the city meets the countryside are my subjects.

My work is inspired by artists including Victor Pasmore, Ivon Hitchens, Albert Irvin, Peter Lanyon, and Adrian Berg. By studying these artists’ techniques and methods of observing and painting the landscape, I contextualise my work through the observation of their composition, colour use, and brush mark. Aboriginal art also inspires me, not just the visual impact but also the spiritual connection of the people to the land and aspects of their culture such as the ‘Walkabout’ and ‘Dreamtime’.

Recently, I have been referring to online satellite maps and using this resource material as a framework to create a composition. I always use places where I have recently walked, in which my memories and experiences are fresh. I will often revisit these sites repeatedly. I paint out the structure of the composition and then work into it over several sessions. Depending on the size of the surface, the paintings can be rendered relatively quickly, or take many hours or days to reach completion”.

Richard’s work has previously been shown in a number of exhibitions across the North West region. His recent achievements include winning first place in the Howarth Life Drawing Prize (2018) and receiving a commendation in the Lancashire Open Exhibition (2017).

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Path to pink
Acrylic on cradled wood panel
40 x 30 cm
£120

Orange kiss landscape
Acrylic on cradled wood panel
40 x 30 cm
£120

Education

2017 – 2020
BA (Hons) Fine Art, the University of Salford.

2016 – 2017
Art Foundation, Wigan & Leigh College.

Exhibitions

2020
Sydenham Virtual Arts Trail, online.
Social Distance Abstract, online.
34GB Exhibition, online .
Isolation Inspirations, online.
The Social Distance Art Project, online.
The Artistry of Japan, Salford Museum & Art Gallery.

2019
Sculpture procession / intervention / happening / exhibition, Peel Park, Salford.
20:20 Print Exchange, Hotbed Press & Tour.
Acquired  Exhibition, Salford Museum & Art Gallery.
The Hawarth Life Drawing Series Exhibition, The Old Fire Station, Salford.

2018
The Salford Open, Salford Museum & Art Gallery.
One (Level 4 Exhibition) – Paradise Works, Salford.
The Hawarth Life Drawing Series Exhibition, The Old Fire Station, Salford.
Group exhibition, Caffe Dolcè, Southport.
20:20 Print Exchange, Hotbed Press & Tour.

2017
Open Studios Exhibition, Cross St Arts, Wigan.
Group Exhibition, Caffe Dolcè, Southport.
20:20 Print Exchange, Hotbed Press & Tour.
Lancashire Open Exhibition, Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk.
Solo Exhibition, The Village Art Gallery, Shevington, Wigan.
Distant Shores, The Waterfront Arts Project, Southport.
Foundation Art Show, Wigan & Leigh College.
Mind & Movement, The Waterfront Arts Project, Southport.
Beyond the Obvious, The Waterfront Arts Project, Southport.

2016
The Unfinished Truth, The Waterfront Arts Project, Southport.
Macmillan Pop-Up Shop, Southport.
Elements, The Waterfront Arts Project, Southport.

2015
Macmillan Pop-Up Shop, Southport.

2014
The Recovery Awards, UCLAN, Preston.
Story Time Festival II, Antwerp Mansion, Manchester.

2013
Story Time Festival, Antwerp Mansion, Manchester.

2012
Tune In & Be Heard, Antwerp Mansion, Manchester.
Turnpike Open Exhibition, Leigh.

Residencies

2019
The Merz Barn, Ambleside, Cumbria.
The Whitaker, Rawtenstall, East Lancashire.

Awards

2018
Howarth Life Drawing Prize, 1st Prize.
Parbold Village Show, 1st Prize.

2017
Lancashire Open Exhibition, Commended.
Parbold Village Show, 1st Prize.

2016
Parbold Village Show, 1st Prize.

Other Experience

Published Work

2020
Peel Park (painting) in ‘Penny Thoughts’ zine, Manchester.

Workshops

2018
Workshop facilitator, The Angel Centre, Salford:  Art Workshop Facilitator.
Workshop facilitator, The Old Courts, Wigan.

Volunteer Experience

2016 -2018
Volunteer Invigilator, The Old Courts, Wigan.

2017
Fire Garden project with Walk the Plank, Peel Park, Salford.