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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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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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Artists Open Houses 2023

Ric works in a modern classical way and creates atmospheric, light-filled land and seascapes. The sublime light of his paintings is characteristic of a style called Luminism. He takes part every year in the East Kent Artist’s Open Houses (https://ekoh.org.uk/whitstable). If you’ve missed this event last October, get in touch to arrange a studio visit. He and his partner were in house 13 on the Whitstable trail. For directions go to:  https://ekoh.org.uk/…/65-joy-lane-sherrins-alley…/ 

However, he still has wonderful new range of smaller oil paintings, as well as high-quality greeting cards and prints available. They can be picked up directly from his studio on West Beach.

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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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Open studio weekends 2022

8 – 23 October 2022

An exhibition of stunning Whitstable Land and Seascape paintings, as well as framed prints as part of the East Kent Artists Open Houses. Running on weekends 8th/9th, 15th/16th and 22nd/23rd October 2022 at House 18 on the Whitstable art trail.
 
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Please contact me on Tel: 07835294317, or email:   enquiries@richorner.com for studio visits outside these dates.
 
 
 

 

 

Ric Horner Paintings (3)

 

Open House - Oct 22

 

Ric Horner Paintings (2)

 

.Ric Horner Exhibition

For dimensions of these paintings see the post www.richorner.com/work-available-april-2023

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Artist working on Whitstable Beach

It’s now 11 years 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. 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. 

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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!”

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. 

This painting is sold but cards and prints available.

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