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Paintings & 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, 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.

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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.

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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.

enquiries@richorner.com

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 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.”

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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 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.” 

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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

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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 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.

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Contemporary Turner, Margate

Ric’s nearest town to his hometown, Margate, has recently grown to be quite an artistic hub for Kent. Ever since the opening of the Turner Contemporary Art Gallery back in 2011, The Old Town has grown increasingly trendy and attracted a rise of down-from-Londoners moving to the area.

The award-winning Margate Main Sands is a must-visit if you want to experience the famed English seaside. For centuries, it’s drawn in visitors with its golden sandy bay and shallow tidal pool. As one of England’s first grand seaside resorts, Margate continues to live up to its reputation as the go-to for summer holidays, with its charming old town coastal architecture, blend of colourful history, rich cultural traditions, and breath-taking coves and coasts.

The Old Town is an excellent place to start your adventure in Margate. Located adjacent to the harbour,  it’s often buzzing with daily activities of locals and tourists alike. There’s a variety of art galleries like the Turner Contemporary, one of the UK’s best contemporary art galleries who is celebrating Margate’s connection with the painter J. M. W. Turner, an artist who believed that art could be an agent of change.

The Turner Contemporary is now internationally renowned and shows contemporary and historical art in a striking building designed by award-winning architect Sir David Chipperfield. It normally presents a rolling programme of temporary exhibitions, events and learning opportunities.

With stunning views over Margate Sands, the gallery has exhibited the work of countless international artists, including Turner Prize nominees and winners Antony Gormley, Jeremy Deller, Tracey Emin, Yinka Shonibare, Paula Rego and Grayson Perry.

In the past Ric has painted many places in and around the Isle of Thanet. Some of the nature parks and beaches there are utterly spectacular, like Ramsgate Harbour, the marvellous chalk stacks around Botany Bay in Broadstairs, or the chalk cliffs in Birchington. Walking the Thanet Coastal Path is a unique experience following the longest continuous stretch of coastal chalk coastline in the country, while enjoying the extensive beaches and wealth of marine wildlife in the North East of Kent.

Sunburst, Margate

Furthermore, 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 to explore the unique atmospheres found in this area.

The above painting is sold, but high-quality greeting cards in A5 (154mm x 222mm / 6 x 9 inches) are available!

Ric is currently looking to sell his trademark-style reproductions in the wider Kentish area. If you are a retailer and interested in stocking any of these items, get in touch at enquiries@richorner.com, or tel. 07835294317. 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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Artist working on Whitstable Beach

It is coming up to 11 years now that Ric W. Horner has lived in the late Dan Sherrin’s (1869 – 1940) quirky cottage on The Saxon Shore Way in Whitstable,  a long-distance footpath in England, which starts at Gravesend, Kent, and traces the coast of South-East England for 163 miles in total. He is one in a long line of artists , writers and novelists that made the town their home, for reasons such as the gorgeous light and stunning sunsets. Ric focuses in his work on the elemental qualities of open space, the energy of weather and the expressive frequencies of light.

He creates extraordinarily atmospheric British land & seascapes that have a metaphorical resonance reminiscent of great nineteenth-century landscape painting and yet they are utterly modern, poetic and inspiring. Over time Ric has recorded the dynamic changes in weather, atmosphere and cloud formations that one sees in this area, focusing predominantly on the views across the Swale Estuary towards the Isle of Sheppey. 

Whitstable Beach – painting by Ric W. Horner – available (February 2024)

 

Artist Dan Sherrin was an artist that could not be missed about the town, as he insisted on wearing the most outrageously chequer plus-fours and his love of beer was legendary. Dan was also a famous self-publicist of the most humorous kind, a practical joker who not only poked fun at those in authority – he even built his own airplane and created a spoof fire brigade!  

One of his paintings still hangs in Buckingham Palace, as he was once commissioned by King George V. Furthermore. An elderly neighbour who lived nearby in Preston Parade Seasalter, has told Ric that he recalls seeing Winston Churchill plus entourage on the little foot bridge on Preston Parade, viewing the newly installed gun battery, which was right in front of the house in about 1943.

 

J.M.W. Turner (1775–1851) described the famous sunsets along the North Kent coast as some of the best in the world and just like Turner, Ric also explores the unique atmospheres found in this area. He says:

“My work has as much to do with the changing weather; encompassing all sorts of environmental conditions, which can range massively from attractive and peaceful to threatening and dangerous,  as well as with the geographical location. Since moving into the late artist Dan Sherrin’s old cottage, I have set up my studio at the front of the house, which overlooks the sea. 

This has changed my working practice profoundly, as I now have a myriad of subject matter in front of me and I am less dependent on notes and colour sketches. I can now work directly on canvas from my subject and study in detail various sea states and “light events” which may have previously evaded me. It’s become possible to study storms in greater detail and track showers and their influence on the sea in some degree of comfort. Sadly, despite the house’s prominence and history, time and gravity has taken its toll, leaving it bereft of level floors, so when I first moved in, the horizon appeared to lean when looking out from my studio!”

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‘The Street’  on Tankerton beach is a natural strip of shingle on an exposed clay bank, which runs out to sea and is revealed only at low tide for a distance of about half a mile. It is the last remnant of the Swale river valley that got lost to sea erosion over millennia and now provides a temporary, natural promenade. You can still visit it, or read about it at:The-Ley-Lines-and-Lost-Past-Of-North-Kent.

Recently, in February 2024 another artist, internationally acclaimed sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor has installed an activist group of people outside The Old Neptune Pub on West Beach called Sirens of Sewage. Originally intended for placement in a tidal area along the adjacent coastline, the project encountered resistance from local authorities and is now situated on private land less than 10 away from Ric’s studio, and well worth visiting. 

The Old Neptune pub Whitstable – a painting by Ric W. Horner

The sculptures themselves are lifecasts, portraying a small cross section of the local Whitstable community (including members of SOS Whitstable); a cold water swimmer, school child, kite surfer, lifeboat volunteer and local fisherman. Each holds a profound connection to the sea and a shared resolve to combat water pollution.

 

 

 

 

 

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Pompeii: An exhibition by Ric Horner

In the same year as the British Museum put on a blockbuster exhibition called ‘Life and death in Pompeii and Herculaneum’, 2013 (www.britishmuseum.org/pompeii-live) Ric also created a solo show on the subject of the ancient Roman city Pompeii, hoping to transport people back to AD 79 to discover how life was transformed in just 24 hours, when the two cities in the Bay of Naples, southern Italy, were buried by a catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius.

Hoping to recreate how it looks now, and how it may well have looked during and after the famous eruption of Mount Vesuvius he said:

“Pompeii is paradoxical, the city was once the site of a tremendous environmental catastrophe, but now all is serene and in a state of artful decay. Ironically, its preservation was due to its destruction -had it not been buried by the layers of ash, it would not be here today. In this particular series I tried to convey these unique qualities. When creating the work, I found that I had tapped into a similar colour palette to the one artists used when painting frescos in and around the city before the eruption. This may not have been a coincidence and may be linked to the strong Italian sunlight and its location near the Bay of Naples.”

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Another exhibition of Pompeii that is currently running is at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. This show is on until September 2023. (msichicago.org/pompeii)

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