Richard Barnes, Ink and Gold

Richard Barnes

Richard Barnes has been exhibiting since the 1980s across the UK and worldwide, producing work for individual collectors and large-scale public settings. He is currently working on new landscapes and cityscapes.

Ever interested in the use of colour and space, the surface of the image along with the illusion of what lies behind it, Richard’s work takes on a multitude of settings, from the obvious beauty of the wild and windswept Yorkshire landscape, the richness of a Mediterranean seascape, the desolation of a bombed out tower block in a former warzone, to the energy and visual excitement of the world’s cities, in the day and at night, including that of his home town. These are ever evolving, looking to highlight the sensations of life and light, movement and stillness, the changing and new juxtaposed with the permanent and prevailing history.

His PhD, completed in 2006, explored the use of digital intervention within a traditional painting practice. Whilst this partly convinced Richard as to the potential value of digital technology to a painter, it more importantly led him to value to an even greater degree handmade intuitive pure painting and drawing within a complex digital world. As well as completing works outside and in situ, the development of Richard’s images often also involves drawing, photographing, printing, working on top of this print, re-photographing, re-printing, re-working, many times over until a final image is arrived at that captures the visual, tactile and haptic nature of the experience of being in a particular place, at that particular time.

Recent Public Commissions

  • York District Hospital large-scale back-lit digital and painted landscapes
  • Avocet Trust Hull large-scale digital work
  • Sports hall, Ripon Grammar School
  • Selby Memorial Hospital

Lectures, Performances and Talks

  • British Council Barcelona
  • Oxford Union, University of Oxford
  • University of Tasmania, Australia
  • Leeds University
  • Art and Poetry collaboration with Ian Macmillan
  • Bretton Hall College of Art
  • Goldsmiths College, University of London
  • Cyprus College of Art, Larnaca


  • Vortex Gallery, London
  • De L’Isle Gallery, London
  • Bonner Road Gallery, London
  • Peggy Guggenheim Gallery, Venice
  • York City Art Gallery
  • Ten British Artists, Albi France and Barcelona
  • 40 Abstract Works British Council, Barcelona
  • University of York
  • AD Gallery
  • Beyond The Façade National Touring Exhibition
  • Grand Assembly Rooms, York
  • Dean Clough Galleries, Halifax large-scale Australian works
  • Leeds Metropolitan University
  • Pear Tree House, Hobart, Tasmania
  • Treasurer’s House, York
  • Riverside Art Show, York
  • The Artspace, York
  • York District Hospital
  • Options Art Centre, Dewsbury
  • The Salt Box, Helmsley
  • According to McGee
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