‘Now, where are we or more precisely where

am I? Self denial or denial of ones self if

preserved for long enough becomes a mask that

calcifies into a false reality.’

Masks are the pivotal image for Richard’s

response to the curatorial steer of this exhibition.

For him, the disintegration and dismantling of

this shield is possibly best explored and

examined in the ceramic medium due to its

willingness to be transformed, both in form and


As an artist working in a variety of mediums,

Richard draws his ideas from a number of

sources but primarily from his own life

experience and the power and physicality of

natural forms in the animal, organic and notably

human world.

He sees interpreting these forces

as a challenge and a journey which may

culminate in a realistic response that doesn’t

necessarily reflect reality, while others contain

elements of stylisation and even abstraction.