Award-winning artist, Richard Harpum, was born in Bromley England in 1951. He has had a passion for drawing and painting from a very young age. He has a Master of Arts from Cambridge University.
Richard now paints mainly with acrylics on canvas or board. He works in a realist style and pays meticulous attention to detail. His primary focus is landscapes but he also paints still lifes and portraits. The effective use of light is a key ingredient to all of Richard's works and he spends a great deal of time before starting a painting in selecting a composition that provides both drama and contrast.
Richard's work was featured in a 10-page article in the June 2010 issue of International Artist Magazine. He has also been awarded Professional Artist of the year 2012 by the SAA for his painting "Hera II, Valletta, Malta".
He is a strong advocate for using the golden ratio (Phi - 1:1.618) in his paintings. You may note that the position of the sun or some other key feature or length often uses a golden ratio. In some of his works there are several used. Richard believes that this gives his paintings better balance than using the more traditional "rule of thirds".
During his life Richard has lived in many parts of England and currently lives in South Yorkshire. He has also travelled extensively and has lived abroad in Africa, the USA, Australia and Germany for a total of 20 years. This has given him a very broad perspective of the world, as well as providing him with wonderful sources of inspiration for his paintings.
Thoresby Gallery, 16th Open Exhibition;8 September - 14 October 2012
Art in the Gardens, Sheffield;31 August - 2 September 2012
Great Sheffield Art Show;26 - 29 July 2012
Thoresby Gallery, Wide Open Exhibition;19 May - 10 June 2012
Doncaster Open Art Exhibition; 22 October - 3 December 2011
Thoresby Gallery, Conflict Exhibition; September/October 2011
Art in the Gardens, Sheffield; 2 – 4 September 2011
Great Sheffield Art Show; 7 – 10 July 2011
Patchings Art Festival; 10 - 12 June 2011
Thoresby Gallery, Wide Open Exhibition; 23 April - 30 May 2011
Doncaster Open Art Exhibition; 23 October - 4 December 2010
Art in the Gardens, Sheffield; 3 – 5 September 2010
FEVA, Knaresborough (at Art in the Mill); 13-22 August 2010
Holmfirth Art Week; 4 - 10 July 2010
Great Sheffield Art Show; 8 – 11 July 2010
Art in the Park, Sandbeck Park; 26-27 June 2010
Patchings Art Festival; 10 – 13 June 2010
Thoresby Gallery, Seaside Exhibition; 22 May – 22 August 2010
Doncaster Open Art Exhibition; 24 October - 6 December 2009
Harrogate Autumn Flower Show; 18 – 20 September 2009
Art in the Gardens, Sheffield; 4 – 6 September 2009
It's all about Art, London; 23 - 25 July 2009
Great Sheffield Art Show; 9 – 13 July 2009
Patchings Art Festival; 4 – 7 June 2009
Harrogate Flower Show; 23 – 26 May 2009
Doncaster Open Art Exhibition; 18 October - 7 December 2008
Thorseby Hall Open Art Exhibition; 12 September - 11 October 2008
Society for all Artists; Professional Artist of the Year 2012 with "Hera II, Valletta, Malta".
FineArt America; Winner of 'Historic Britain and Ireland - The Best of 2011' contest, December 2011 with "Winter Sun, Houses of Parliament, London".
FineArt America; Winner of 2nd and 3rd prizes of 'Amazing Geological Formations' contest, September 2011 with "Sunset at Delicate Arch, Utah" and "Dawn at Mesa Arch, Canyonlands, Utah".
Patchings 2011 Competition (Artists Category); "Winter Sun, Houses of Parliament, London" was Highly Commended.
FineArt America; Winner of 'Historic Britain and Ireland' Contest, April 2011 with "Winter Sun, Houses of Parliament, London".
Liquitex Artist of the Month, August 2010.
FineArt America; Winner of Trompe L'Oeil Painting competition, May 2010 with "Amalfi Vista".
FineArt America; Winner of Sunset or Sunrise in Acrylic competition, February 2010 with "Sunset over Delicate Arch, Utah".
Finalist in International Artist magazine's Landscape Art Challenge No. 55 and published in Issue 71, February/March 2010 with "Knaresborough, Yorkshire".
Art in the Gardens Gold Award for exhibition stand, Sheffield, September 2009.
Society for All Artists’ Artist of the Year Competition 2009; Commended Finalist with "Barrington Court Gardens".
Acrylic Inks, Acrylics, Canvas
Animals, Botanical Illustration, Buildings, Fantasy, Figure, Flowers And Gardens, Landscape, Portrait, Seascapes and Water, Skies, Still Life, Surrealism, Townscapes, Trees and Foliage, Waterways and Canals, Wild Flowers, Wildlife