After graduating from Exeter College of Art in 1989, Ric Horner spent the first two years of his career living and working on Dartmoor, developing a unique and profound engagement with light, mood and distance. Consequently, he produced two solo shows; one at Marloes gallery in London in 1989, and one at Exeter College in 1990. Twenty-six years later, in 2016, Ric was able to put together yet another exhibition in the region, this time at Green Hill Arts in Moretonhampstead on Dartmoor National Park. Thanks to his longstanding friend and supporter, historian and internationally acclaimed author Dr Ian Mortimer, he had the opportunity to showcase a selection of over 40 original paintings in the town’s dedicated art space.
Dr Ian Mortimer said in his introduction:
“Ric Horner is one of the country’s leading landscape painters. I have no doubt that, in due course, he will be recognised as one of the most significant landscape artists of our time. “
The “Dartmoor: Theatre of Light” exhibition was on from 10th September to 29th October 2016 at Green Hill Arts in Moretonhampstead and was very well received.
This year, in spring 2024, Ric has returned to the subject and has produced a wide range of greeting cards taken from his solo show in 2016.
He now invites retail outlets such as tourist information offices, visitor centres, high-street shops, art galleries, boutique and gift shops, museums, sight seeing spots, local landmarks, picture framers, B & B’s, holiday cottage owners, hotels, florists, garden centres, stately homes, cafes, restaurants, or touring operators etc. to come forward and express their interest in trying out some of these new cards.
Dr Mortimer says about Ric’s work:
Ric’s dedication is astounding; his integrity no less so. For me it has been a privilege and an honour to be so closely involved with this exhibition, and to have been able to buy a number of his paintings over the years. For you, I hope this vision of our place in the world, carved out of the light that falls on all of us, proves equally rewarding. In this exhibition, you will find yourself on a road at night having just seen the first welcoming streetlight of the village: you will soon be home and warm.
The sun has gone down behind Laughter Tor leaving a few drifting clouds and vapour trails in the deep blue sky: the seemingly eternal rocky outcrop is juxtaposed with the ephemeral vestiges of the day. But the most striking feature of these Dartmoor paintings is the light. Often the painting is not actually about the hill, rock or any other object in the distance; it is about the space between you and that object. It is a portrait of the light, a place where skies brood, threaten, delight, obscure with mist, groan with rain or brighten with a ray of optimism.”
“A stunning exhibition of the highest calibre!”
“Poetic, beautiful, bold and absolutely marvellous!”
“They are sublime. So magical and true to the atmosphere”
“Ric Horner’s work is superb – truly spectacular!”
“Breathtaking views and big skies! Fabulous.”
“Wow! “I absolutely love your work; such stunning paintings. The most amazing sky and little houses shining like jewels. What an uplifting exhibition!
“We recently saw your “Theatre of Light” exhibition in Moretonhampsted and were both really moved by it. I just wanted to let you know how delighted I am to have been able to purchase one of your pictures. I bought your picture of Scorhill. It’s always been a favourite place of mine on the Moor and your picture captures it so vividly.”
About 150,000 visitors a year travel to the various Dartmoor National Park Visitor Centres in Moretonhampstead, Princetown, Postbridge, Haytor, Ashburton, Bovey Tracey, Buckfastleigh, Ivybridge, Newton Abbot, Okehampton, Tavistock and Totnes. There can be no question that Dartmoor and its landscape has attracted tourists for many years and helped fire their imagination. From the thick mists that suddenly appear and roll across the moor to the dark, bottomless mires and the craggy granite tors, each lends an air of mystery and magic, all ripe for associated legends and tales.
Ric in his studio in summer 2016 preparing for the show
Below: Friends Ian Mortimer and Ric Horner on field trip to ‘The Strangles’ in September 2014, where the idea of the ‘Theatre of Light ‘ exhibition was first perceived.
Ric is available for commissions. Please contact him at: email@example.com, if you fancy your own favourite landscape views painted.
He is booked for March 2024 to create a piece that captures the pebble bed heaths from Joney’s Cross towards the coast in East Devon.