landscape artist Richard Clare

In 2002 English landscape artist Richard Clare and his family came to Barga just for a holiday, but the magical beauty of Barga seduced them into buying a property there!

Richard and his family now try to get over from wet and cold Saddleworth in Northern England as often as possible (at least a month in the summer to guarantee them some sunshine). With his box of paints, Richard can often be seen wandering around Barga’s alleyways sketching and painting plein-air. He is currently working on several large canvasses for an exhibition with two other English artists and three Italian artists as a cultural art exchange with Liguria and North Yorkshire. The touring exhibition will be shown in July, August and September this year in La Spezia, Sestri Levante and Carro.

In England, Richard is known for his colourful and dynamic paintings of the northern landscape. From his studio in Delph, on the edge of the English pennines, paintings are created from memory or sketches (never photographs), using colours not normally associated with the British landscape. Many people believe they depict the soul of the landscape better than real life.

For Richard the final picture is only one part of the painting process, since he spends a lot of time walking and sketching the landscape, soaking up the atmosphere. Back in the studio, inspired by these sketches and his emotions he paints very quickly to get them down on canvas. Hence his preference for using acrylics and oils applied predominantly with painting knives to create soft watercolour effects and heavy impasto marks.

In a very short space of time Richard is quickly gaining a reputation for high quality, exciting and dynamic landscapes. He has received media attention in national magazines and in 2001 he was a prize winner in The Laing National Landscape Painting Competition. His paintings are included in many private collections throughout Britain and more recently in France, Italy, Spain and China.

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