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Whitstable Cards & Prints

Established land and seascape painter Ric Horner focuses in his work on the elemental qualities of light, the energy of weather and the drama of the sea. He creates highly atmospheric paintings that feature Kentish coastal, harbour and beach scenes, focusing often on the stunning sunsets seen in Whitstable.

Whitstable is situated in the Canterbury district, on the north coast of Kent adjoining the convergence of the Swale Estuary and the Greater Thames Estuary in south-eastern England. It sits five miles north of Canterbury and two miles west of Herne Bay and has been attracting visitors for centuries with its charm, beautiful scenery and cosy atmosphere.

All of Ric’s Prints are available directly from his online Shop. There is also designated page for all things Canterbury.

If you like to view his whole range of Whitstable cards go to: Greeting Card Collections, alternatively you can find his individual cards in two places on Whitstable: High Street: George’s Mini Market and The Horsebridge centre, but also directly from Ric’s studio ( by appointment only).

Dancing with clouds, 37 x 37cm – mounted giclée print – £50.00 (including postage & packaging)

Above: Evening at Whitstable Harbour, 40 x 50cm, mounted print on paper – £ 50 (including postage & packaging)

Above: Whitstable Harbour in turquoise tones. 40 x 40cm, print on paper of – framed £ 75

Above: Whitstable Harbour, 30 x 42cm, print on paper – £ 20 (including postage & packaging)

Above: The Neptune, Whitstable, 27 x 16cm, Giclée prints on paper – £ 27.00 (including postage & packaging)

To arrange a studio visit call 07835294317, or email enquiries@richorner.com.

Original water colour studies and prints in Ric’s studio.

All original oil on canvas paintings are listed on the page : Available Paintings – June 2024

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Kentish harbour scenes

For centuries, Margate has drawn in visitors with its golden sandy bay and shallow tidal pool. As one of England’s first grand seaside resorts, the town continues to live up to its reputation as the go-to for summer holidays.

Ric grew up in this area and has painted the stunning views over Margate Sands many times. He has also painted the utterly spectacular Ramsgate Harbour with its charming old town coastal architecture, blend of colourful history, rich cultural traditions, and breath-taking coast line.

Margate has recently grown to be quite an artistic hub for Kent. Ever since the opening of the Turner Contemporary in 2011, it has grown increasingly trendy and attracted a rise of down-from-Londoners moving to the area. The Old Town is an excellent place to start your adventure as it is often buzzing with daily activities of locals and tourists alike. There are a variety of art galleries, who are celebrating Margate’s connection with the painter J. M. W. Turner.

J.M.W. Turner (1775–1851) described the famous sunsets along the North Kent coast as some of the best sunsets in the world and just like he did, Ric now continues this line and explores the unique light and atmospheres found in this area.

The Turner Contemporary gallery has exhibited the works of countless international artists, including Turner Prize nominees and winners Antony Gormley, Jeremy Deller, Tracey Emin, Yinka Shonibare, Paula Rego and Grayson Perry.

Ric is currently looking to sell his greeting cards and prints in the wider Kentish area. If you are a retailer and interested in stocking any of these cards, get in touch via enquiries@richorner.com, or order a pack of 9 cards directly from his shop:

Margate Greeting Card Collection

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Meet the artist

Ric’ runs regular Open House events where you can visit him in his studio and view all available paintings in situ. His next exhibition will from 12th/13th, 19th/20th, 26th/27th October 2024 at the East Kent Artists’ Open Houses | Whitstable | Kent Arts and Artists (ekoh.org.uk). However, feel free to get in touch to arrange a studio visit prior to this event, if you are interested in purchasing any of his original pieces. Many thanks.

Thank you everyone who visited over the Bank holiday weekend in May for the last Whitstable Artists and Makers Trail. We had a really lovely time taking part and are slightly blown away by the amount of visitors – some familiar faces, and lots of new ones! And some have travelled quite some distances to come along!

We really do appreciate the support of everyone involved, and of the local artists community, and especially the wonderful independent businesses around Whitstable who spread the word.

The next art trail exhibition will from 12th/13th, 19th/20th, 26th/27th October 2024 . Find more info at: East Kent Artists’ Open Houses | 65 Joy Lane, Sherrin’s Alley, Whitstable,

 

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Cards & Prints of Canterbury Cathedral

Ric has created many atmospheric sunset paintings of Canterbury Cathedral over the years and is now offering 9 different designs as framed prints and high-quality greeting cards. At present, there are no original oil paintings of Canterbury available, but feel free to get in touch if you are interested in a commission.

Canterbury Summer Evening, framed print, 61 x 48, but also 36 x 29cm

To order all Canterbury themed cards prints and cards, click on the image below:

They are printed on 324gsm textured matt paper and come in three different formats:  22 x 15cm (A5), 15 x 15cm (square) and 21 x 9.90cm (DL long), each including a white envelope and clear, protective, bio-degradable bag.

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Please note that we only have a few of these framed prints in the studio at the moment, so you might need to wait until we have re-stocked them – if some of them have sold out. Many thanks.

Canterbury Cathedral after Rain, framed print, 37 x 37cm

Canterbury is a cathedral city in the southeast of England, situated in the county of Kent. It was a pilgrimage site in the Middle Ages that was founded in 597 A.D by St Augustine. Primarily a unique place of Christian community and worship, is also the headquarters of the Church of England and Anglican Communion, a major pilgrimage destination, a masterpiece of art and architecture, and one of the UK’s most-visited historic sites.

Shower Clouds over Canterbury, framed print, 35 x 28cm

A truly romantic city, the cathedral incorporates Gothic and Romanesque elements in its stone carvings and stained-glass windows. The rest of the whole town has ancient walls, originally built by the Romans that encircle its medieval centre with cobbled streets and timber-framed houses.

The square painting above is called ‘Canterbury Cathedral at Sunset‘. The cards are 15 x 15cm and the print is 37 x 37cm. All of his prints are locally manufactured by Blean Picture Framing.

In just under 1 hour’s train journey from London, Canterbury is one of the most popular tourist and holiday destinations in the world. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Cathedral sits alongside the Giza Pyramids, the Taj Mahal, and Chichen-Itza as a must-visit location of outstanding universal value to humanity.

Canterbury Cathedral August Evening, framed print, 38 x 25cm

Home to three universities, Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU), University for the Creative Arts (UCA) and The University of Kent, the city is also a melting pot for creativity with vibrant nightlife and a packed calendar of cultural events for every age and every community all year round. So when in town, you can enjoy the annual Canterbury Arts Festival, or spend a day out and breath in fresh sea air in the lovely coastal town of Whitstable.

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Approaching Storm, Canterbury (framed print) 35 x 28cm

Ric’s framed prints are all hand-signed and professionally produced on high-quality Hahnemühle Albrecht Dürer artist paper. They come in four different sizes:

Canterbury Cathedral (evening light), mounted print, 31 x 18cm

Ric also exhibits every year at the East-Kent-Artists-Open-Houses . Now in its 24rd year, the EKOH Fringe Festival has gone from strength to strength with more participating artists than ever. This year they present over 250 artists across 80 houses and studios. Locations include Deal, Faversham, Ramsgate, Broadstairs, Canterbury and Whitstable.

If you want to visit Ric in one of his Open House events you can find out more about it via the link: ekoh.org.uk/whitstable and www.instagram.com/eastkentartistsopenhouses. A selection of his cards is also available from Canterbury Tourist Information office in The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge at 18 High St, Canterbury CT1 2RA

Cathedral, Colour Sketch, mounted print, 33 x 25cm

All of Ric’s prints will be added to his shop page, but as we are still at the early stage of this project, this might still take a little while. At the moment his Canterbury cards are available directly from his studio, George’s Mini Market in Whitstable High Street and The Horsebridge on Whitstable beach.

If you are a retailer in the Kentish region, have a look at our image range below and get in touch if you are interested in stocking any of these designs. You can also email us at: enquiries@richorner.com for an order form and a catalogue.

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Ric’s cards on Whitstable High Street

A good selection of Ric’s his beautiful greeting cards is now also available directly from Whitstable town centre! One outlet is the lovely gift shop George’s on 15-18 High Street and the other one is at The Horsebridge arts centre on the beach. thehorsebridge.org.uk/visit-us/shop

Georges is open from Mon – Fri, 9.00am – 5:00pm , or Saturday, 9.00am – 5:00pm and Sunday, 10am – 4:00pm in Kent, CT5 1AP.

Georges Whitstable Stores | Homewares | Cards | Giftswww.instagram.com/georgeswhitstable

The Horsebridge shop is open from 9am-5pm Mon-Sat (Closed on Tuesdays) and 10am-4pm Sun & Bank Holidays, 11 Horsebridge Road, Whitstable, Kent. UK. CT5 1AF

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Fine-art cards of Dartmoor National Park

After graduating from Exeter College of Art in 1989, Ric Horner spent the first two years of his career living and working on Dartmoor in Devon, 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 had the opportunity to put together yet another stunning exhibition on the subject, this time at Green Hill Arts in Moretonhampstead on Dartmoor National Park. Thanks to his longstanding friend, supporter and art collector,  historian and internationally acclaimed author Dr Ian Mortimer, Ric was able to showcase a selection of over 40 original oil on canvas paintings in the town’s dedicated art space.

Dr Ian Mortimer said about this exhibition 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. 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.

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The “Dartmoor: Theatre of Light” exhibition (10th September to 29th October 2016) at Green Hill Arts in Moretonhampstead was very well received and sold well for the gallery.

This year, in spring 2024, Ric has returned to the subject and has produced 26 different greeting card designs taken from this solo exhibition, as well as from other Devonshire and Cornish coastal areas.

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He is currently selling some of these cards via MAKE Southeast in Bovey Tracey and the Moretonhampstead Visitors’ Information Centre.

With over 150,000 visitors a year traveling to Dartmoor National Park, there can be no question that Dartmoor and it’s landscape has attracted artists, as well as tourists for centuries 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.

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 Dr Mortimer says about Ric’s work:

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.”

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“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 Moretonhampstead 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 (image below). It’s always been a favourite place of mine on the Moor and your picture captures it so vividly.

 

Ric in his studio in summer 2016 preparing for the show.

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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: enquiries@richorner.com, if you fancy your own favourite views painted.

He has recently (April 2024) completed a large scale panorama picturing the view as you walk across the pebble bed heaths around Joney’s Cross near Sidmouth, a high point that is looking towards the coast in East Devon.

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Salcombe Regatta – Paintings by Ric W. Horner

The UK coastline is one of the most beautiful in Europe and has a huge number of sailing towns that range from rocky and scenic to stylish and dramatic. It’s destinations are known to, and admired by many visitors from around the world. You just can’t beat the rugged cliffs and lush green landscape of England, which is unofficially the ‘home of sailing’ and it has a long and glorious tradition of boat building and for rearing fine sailors. Salcombe on the South Devon coast is particular scenic with lovely spots for sailing traditional boats and classic yachts.

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It is situated at the southern end of the Salcombe Estuary; the estuary is, in fact, a ria which is a landlocked, salt water inlet, with stunning beaches. The town is also known for its outstanding views, rolling surrounding countryside, breath-taking natural beauty, sparkling turquoise waters and rugged cliffs. Once a major port for the fruit trade, Salcombe has now found fame as a safe haven for family holidays. The Salcombe Town Regatta takes place every year for one week in late July/early August. This year it will be on from 3rd – 10th August 2024 and many visitors and yachtsmen are expected.

Ric has recently created a range of striking greeting cards made from his original paintings of Salcombe, who were initially produced between 2017 and 2018 for the Tonic Gallery (at the time based in Island Street). Sadly, this arrangement has come to an end now, however the gallery is still operating from a different location. (tonicgallery.co.uk)

Below is Ric’s Salcombe Greeting Card Collection. They are £42.00 for 12 and can be ordered via the link above, or by clicking on the images.

Sailing around the UK will get you out of the crowded Solent and into waters further afield. This adventure involves open-ocean and much more offshore-orientated sailing, which may mean rougher weather and more challenging conditions. Ilfracombe in North Devon and Bardsey Island in North Wales for example are far more open to the elements as they catch the Atlantic ocean swells to a greater extent than places further South. This means bigger waves and longer and sandy beaches.

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Some of the large, stormy paintings that were in the exhibition at Tonic gallery are still available. Please view the front page for more details. If you are a retailer and interested in stocking some of Ric’s cards, get in touch. Alternatively, you can also order a catalogue to view the whole range of cards on offer.

Salcombe Harbour, 26 x 26cm, oil on canvas – available

Many thanks.

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Show Off gallery Whitstable

Ric has exhibited his extraordinarily atmospheric British land & seascapes last August in Harbour Street, Whitstable. For interest in any of the remaining pieces visit the page Available Paintings, or contact him at tel. 07835294317/ enquiries@richorner.com.

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