FROM THE DOWNS TO THE SEA: DEBORAH RICHARDS

This year we will be displaying the work of two featured artists for the Festival of Chichester. The first will be oil paintings by Sue Green and the second will be Original Printmaking works on Paper and drawings by Deborah Richards.

Opening hours: Saturday 25 June to Sunday 10 July
Thursday – Sunday 10.30 am– 4.30 pm

Exploring creative space between abstraction and representation, original works invite you to share the artists’ creative journeys around the Solent coast and South Downs.

These ‘encounters’ become ‘one-off’ printmaking processes, including expressive oil on paper monotypes and silkscreen monoprints, abstracting and creating an individual visual language of mark-making and tone.

Deborah’s primary processes are drawing, printmaking, some sculpture. Exploring that creative space between abstraction and representation allows her the freedom to manipulate surroundings taken from memory and experience.

She is drawn to the drama of changing light as seen in many of the works shown here. Continuing themes include capturing sea journeys and weather, shipping movements, moving trains and pathways in the South Downs and most recently Chichester harbour and the River Rother.

Sketches are made in response to light, rhythm and mood. These ‘encounters’ are taken into one-off print process including expressive oil on paper monotypes and silkscreen monoprints, abstracting and creating an individual visual language of mark-making and tone.

For thirty years she enjoyed a highly creative career as a 2D/3D Museum exhibition designer and curator. Throughout she continued to make her own work and has regularly exhibited for the past eight years – since 2015 solely working as a full-time artist. She continues to work with a wide number of artists and community networks such as Pallant House Partners in Art, Omega Printmakers, Artel, Art Space Portsmouth, Aspex, Rowlands Castle Association – curating two contemporary art fundraising exhibitions in 2017 and 2018 with 30 local professional artists of all disciplines about the South Downs and the heritage of St Hubert’s Church at Idsworth. In 2017 she worked with the Science Museum to help recreate and interpret Eric, the first British robot and in 2019 I was supported by the Royal Society to design and curate an exhibition in Totnes about Captain WH Richards and his mechanical men.

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