Nick’s etching “Crossing” won the For Art’s Sake Gallery annual Framing Prize.
Nick’s etching and aquatint was chosen from more than 100 works on show, with gallery director Brian Davis saying: “We loved the simplicity of this piece and the atmosphere that can be created with this combination of techniques. He has gained renown for his masterful depictions of the wind-lashed waterways and stormy skylines of the capital, attracted in particular to the dramatic tidal level of the Thames and its rapidly changing landscape.”
Read more here: https://www.forartssake.com/blog/
Nick’s prints will be on show at this years London Original Print Fair, taking place at the Royal Academy May 3-6th
We are very excited to announce Nick Richards has been elected to the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers!
The Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers (RE) is one of the world’s premier printmaking organisations. All of the members of the Society are practising professional printmakers who have been elected after a rigorous selection by a panel of their peers. From our home in Bankside Gallery on the South Bank of the Thames next to Tate Modern we hold regular exhibitions showcasing the best in contemporary printmaking.
Treetape Images returned to visit Nick at his recent Thames-Side exhibition ‘Silent Highway’. Click here to watch the short film gain some insight into this new suite of Etchings.
5 January – 19 February 2017
Nick Richards is a London based printmaker, artist and educator. He studied Fine Art at Bristol Polytechnic and graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1986. Based in south-east London, Nick works at Thames-Side Studios, beside the river in SE18.
The river runs through the work: watching the ebb and flow of the tide on his daily journeys to and from the studio, Nick combines observation with memory and re-imagined motifs. It is the combination of the vernacular and something invented that forms the basis of what he does.
The river is a living thing in a constant state of flux. Its tides reveal glimpses of its past and covers it again, and the sounds along its course point to a time when it was a working river – the voices, machinery, sand ships and river tugs, or the Clipper powering down the channel.
“I love the architecture of the river; the old wharves, jetties and moorings. I enjoy investigating the length of the Thames out to the marshes. Many of my favourite places have now gone but they are archived as photos, drawings or memories.”
A multiplicity of etching processes drives Nick’s practice. Rather than use hard or soft ground, he will aquatint a plate and bite it. “Because I enjoy the action of the acid I prefer aquatint to mezzotint. I like immersing the plate in the acid and laying on successive aquatints with sugar lift and spit bite, which are both spontaneous techniques.” — From Nick Richards in conversation with Louise Cattrell.
I was very lucky to be the first subject of a few short films about masterful artists and artisans which have recently been produced by Treetape Images. You can watch the full version below or by visiting this link and glimpse some of my process as I create a new work (titled ‘Mirror’).
We will be opening Nick’s studio to the public this weekend as part of the bi-annual open studios at London’s largest single site affordable studio space project; Second Floor Studios & Arts; a community of over 300 artists, printmakers, craft makers and designer makers.
SFSA Winter Open Studios – Nov 2013
Weekend / Sat 16th & Sun 17th Nov 11:00 – 18:00