About the Artist

chris richards reading on the brecon beacons

Chris Richards

Artist Statement

After not pursuing art for most of my adult life, and with no formal training, I began creating art again in 2016. After spending most of my life in Sussex, relocating to Wales fanned the flames of my passion for landscape, skies, and scenery.

There is barely a day that goes by where I am not in awe of the beauty of the world around me – shafts of sunlight through billowing clouds, the way the mist flows through the valley, the golden hue of the Brecon Beacons in the winter sun – I am constantly taking photographs and these form the basis of my works. I paint from my own photographs, mainly in oils and acrylics, but I also dabble with soft-pastels, pigment ink, and mixed media.

My work is my attempt to present how I see the world – not only through epic vistas but also the more subtle displays of nature’s perfection.

About the Artist

Chris Richards was born in 1980 in Swansea, South Wales. He lived there for a few years before the family moved to Crawley, West Sussex where he grew up. He now lives in Ystradgynlais with his partner and cat.

Chris first discovered his enjoyment of creating art during his early school years. Art time and illustrating his stories for creative writing were his favourite parts of the week. Wet break times were always a welcome surprise chance to get some art materials out and draw. At the age of ten, Chris was given a small Daler Rowney watercolour set and began painting. This led to two commissions by school teachers, one of his paintings being stolen from display in the school library, and several trips to the USA for a project with Northwest Airlines.

If you don’t become an artist when you grow up, I’ll kill you.

Mrs. COOK, CLASS 6

Chris’ passion for art continued throughout his secondary school years with him always striving to produce the best homework for art lessons while taking every opportunity to illustrate works produced in other classes. However, towards the end of his GCSEs in 1997, frictions with his art teacher lead to him moving completely away from art and into music.

In his adult years, Chris’ career remained in the arts seeing him work in theatre, sound recording, music video production, and finally professional photography. During this time his forays into art were infrequent and minimal.

Unexpectedly returning to Wales after 30 years living away, Chris set about exploring. He visited the forests, mountains, waterfalls, lakes, and coastal areas that provide the rich and diverse variety of the Welsh landscape. In late 2016, inspired by what he was seeing around him, he started making art again. Initially, this was ink pen drawings, but a few months later he on to acrylics and oils and selling several of his first pieces.

After several hiatuses since then, he finally got his own studio space in late 2019 and began painting regularly.