Richard Meyer

Joined Artfinder: March 2015

Artworks for sale: 181

(2)

United Kingdom

About Richard Meyer

 
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  • Biography
    I guess I'm an old school painter, believing in the sanctity of the studio: it's a separate world to the outside where different rules apply.  Here is a place of smelly, fantastic, mucky, tactile, 'plastic' oil paint where models can feel free and relaxed. It's a special place.

    My working practice involves traditional drawing and sketching with Oil pastels on silk art paper but sometimes I dive straight in with thick oil paint depending on my mood and the subject matter.  Inspiration is very important but once I start nothing much comes in the way.

    I've been around a long time and done lots of things, mostly good, I hope, but probably not all.  They’ve included Zoologist (Glasgow University - PhD re-establishing Chough in England), Naturalist (Conservationist/Ecologist/Badger campaigner), Writer (12 books & ~100 articles/papers), Illustrator, Cinema projectionist, Primary School teacher, FE lecturer, Cricket coach and Biker... 
    … but none as demanding as art and painting: the toughest thing I've ever done.  Direct expressionist painting is very demanding and tiring.  My work is raw and deliberately unpolished; also I use whatever salvaged material for supports and frames I can find or get given.  As a species we waste so much, no other species wastes anything.

    Fine Art should be an inspiring reflection on the human condition and our relationship with the natural world - including our relationship with each other.

    One critic said, “Richard Meyer’s paintings are vibrant and expressionistic, emerging from the margins of an eternal triangle, where Civilization meets Nature - meets Man - meets Woman.”  

    That sums it up pretty well but my work is best described as expressionist because for me Fine Art is a synthesis of Nature, the Real World and one's emotive reaction to it.  I also believe that oil paintings should be about the substance (plasticity) of the stuff itself (the Painted thing or Object), and not merely an imitation of something else (the Observed Subject).


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  • Education

    1987 - 1991

    University of Glasgow

  • Awards

    2013

    The North Devon Open Art Show

    The show was organised by the Barnstaple Museum, who gave me the award and bursary. See http://www.meyergallery.co.uk/blog2/north-devon-arts-award-and-talk#comments for more information.
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    Event: The Unquiet Life

    Dates: Sept. 2, 2016 - Sept. 30, 2016

    Venue: Plough Arts Centre, Great Torrington, Devon, UK

    An exhibition, my third at this lovely arts centre. This one is in partnership with Eilean Eland, the ceramicist. Its theme is still-life but still-lifes which are anything but 'still'.

    Event: The Constructed Female

    Dates: Nov. 1, 2013 - Nov. 23, 2013

    Venue: The Plough Arts Centre, Torrington , North Devon

    "An exhibition which explores The Beauty of Imperfection.

    None of us is perfect! So we often seek to improve the cards we were dealt. Even Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor did! Throughout history, tribes have adorned and changed their bodies. Now, how we go about it - about redefining ourselves - drives worldwide fashion and cosmetic industries.

    Richard brings a male painterly eye to such analysis, relating it to his earlier career as a zoologist studying sexual attraction in the breeding of rare and endangered species. The human kind, as Desmond Morris pointed out in The Naked Ape, way back in 1967, is not so very different in its most basic needs. We just have the imagination and ability to adapt our bodies artificially.

    Intriguing visual material transformed into paint.."

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Education

1987 - 1991

University of Glasgow


Awards

2013

The North Devon Open Art Show

The show was organised by the Barnstaple Museum, who gave me the award and bursary. See http://www.meyergallery.co.uk/blog2/north-devon-arts-award-and-talk#comments for more information.

There are no upcoming events

Show previous events Hide previous events

Previous events

Event: The Unquiet Life

Dates: Sept. 2, 2016 - Sept. 30, 2016

Venue: Plough Arts Centre, Great Torrington, Devon, UK

An exhibition, my third at this lovely arts centre. This one is in partnership with Eilean Eland, the ceramicist. Its theme is still-life but still-lifes which are anything but 'still'.

Event: The Constructed Female

Dates: Nov. 1, 2013 - Nov. 23, 2013

Venue: The Plough Arts Centre, Torrington , North Devon

"An exhibition which explores The Beauty of Imperfection.

None of us is perfect! So we often seek to improve the cards we were dealt. Even Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor did! Throughout history, tribes have adorned and changed their bodies. Now, how we go about it - about redefining ourselves - drives worldwide fashion and cosmetic industries.

Richard brings a male painterly eye to such analysis, relating it to his earlier career as a zoologist studying sexual attraction in the breeding of rare and endangered species. The human kind, as Desmond Morris pointed out in The Naked Ape, way back in 1967, is not so very different in its most basic needs. We just have the imagination and ability to adapt our bodies artificially.

Intriguing visual material transformed into paint.."


 

Biography

I guess I'm an old school painter, believing in the sanctity of the studio: it's a separate world to the outside where different rules apply.  Here is a place of smelly, fantastic, mucky, tactile, 'plastic' oil paint where models can feel free and relaxed. It's a special place.

My working practice involves traditional drawing and sketching with Oil pastels on silk art paper but sometimes I dive straight in with thick oil paint depending on my mood and the subject matter.  Inspiration is very important but once I start nothing much comes in the way.

I've been around a long time and done lots of things, mostly good, I hope, but probably not all.  They’ve included Zoologist (Glasgow University - PhD re-establishing Chough in England), Naturalist (Conservationist/Ecologist/Badger campaigner), Writer (12 books & ~100 articles/papers), Illustrator, Cinema projectionist, Primary School teacher, FE lecturer, Cricket coach and Biker... 
… but none as demanding as art and painting: the toughest thing I've ever done.  Direct expressionist painting is very demanding and tiring.  My work is raw and deliberately unpolished; also I use whatever salvaged material for supports and frames I can find or get given.  As a species we waste so much, no other species wastes anything.

Fine Art should be an inspiring reflection on the human condition and our relationship with the natural world - including our relationship with each other.

One critic said, “Richard Meyer’s paintings are vibrant and expressionistic, emerging from the margins of an eternal triangle, where Civilization meets Nature - meets Man - meets Woman.”  

That sums it up pretty well but my work is best described as expressionist because for me Fine Art is a synthesis of Nature, the Real World and one's emotive reaction to it.  I also believe that oil paintings should be about the substance (plasticity) of the stuff itself (the Painted thing or Object), and not merely an imitation of something else (the Observed Subject).


 
 
 
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