Ric has produced a wide range of greeting cards of Whitstable seascapes recently that were selected from various paintings from his back catalogue of images. They will be available via local galleries, shops and exhibitions, or directly from the artist’s studio.
It has been attracting visitors for centuries with its charm, beautiful scenery and cosy atmosphere. The coast is lined with multi-coloured beach huts and the smell of the salty sea breeze and the feel of the summer warmth is tangible. It has long been famous for its oysters, which still play a central role in it’s commerce and culture. Whitstable has recently been named among one of the best seaside towns to visit in the UK, coming third in place with an impressive rating of 87/100.
Whitstable is a quintessentially English seaside town 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, five miles north of Canterbury and two miles west of Herne Bay.
The ‘Theatre of Light’ exhibition was a big success. Many thanks to everyone who came along. Half of the exhibition was sold while it was on.
Thanks to Ric’s longstanding friend, supporter and art collector, Devon based historian and internationally acclaimed author of ‘The Time Traveler’s Series’ and ‘Centuries of Change‘, Dr Ian Mortimer, he was able to put on a stunning exhibition of 40 new landscape paintings on the theme of Dartmoor National Park, which were on display at Green Hill Arts Gallery in Moretonhampstead.
Ric Horner is one of the country’s leading landscape painters, whose professional career spans more than 30 years. Graduating from Exeter College of Art in 1989, he spent the first two years of his career living and working on Dartmoor, developing a unique and profound engagement with light and distance. His artwork has a metaphorical resonance that is reminiscent of great nineteenth-century landscape painting and yet it is utterly modern, firmly resisting the urban and technological world.
“I have no doubt that, in due course, Ric Horner will be recognised as one of the most significant landscape artists of our time. His 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!”