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Richard Heley - Exhibition of Paintings & Drawings

“Some people can shout about themselves and make money from the notoriety of shouting without having the skill set to back up the bluster. I have only ever asked the universe to become skilled, hoping that sooner or later the work will speak for itself. I am the eyes and ears of existence observing itself, letting the learning flow through my fingers onto paper and canvas, an infinite awareness experiencing the life of Richard Heley. It is a pleasure to welcome you into my imagination.” 
Maida Hill Place artist and poet in residence Richard Heley is launching is new exhibition of his work. He will perform poetry backed on occasions by his favourite poets and musicians.
Nicholas Usherwood, art critic 
“Performance painting, poetry slam champion, interactive art with young children, song writing — such activities are not the normal profile of a committed and intensely serious-minded and hugely prolific artist, but then Richard Heley’s whole creative career has not followed any remotely conventional pattern. Born in Bedfordshire, England, Richard emigrated to Australia aged 15, with his whole family.

“It was a liberating decade spent there during which he quickly and, for the first time, became aware of the strength of his creative instincts. In the strongly egalitarian society that Australia then was, Richard Heley found himself among some remarkably gifted and passionate teachers, most particularly Reg Parker in the sculpture class.

“Though this was not to prove his particular artistic direction, one senses, from the way he talks about this period of his life, that it was the attitude of this particular teacher, which has stayed with him ever since. A nostalgia for home and the fate of his village football team (of which he and an 80 year old man had been virtually the sole supporters!) drew him back to England where he has been painting and performing furiously ever since.

“As might be expected from all of this, the painting that has emerged, particularly over the last ten years or so as he has slowly started to focus on his own rather than his more collaborative artistic activities, reflects this extreme unconventionality. Frequent return visits to Australia, travels through the islands of Indonesia alongside the liberating impact of working closely with children and writing and performing poetry, has resulted in work teeming with rich and exuberant imagery, bold, painterly touches and brilliant colour — Gauguin meets Chagall meets Sidney Nolan — with English restraint and reticence nowhere to be seen, thank goodness!

“Richard Heley, the painter talks a lot about the need he feels to be able to “let go” in the making of such work, and it is his success in doing just that, which enables us, as spectators, to enter his imaginative world with such freedom and exhilaration.”  

Thu 13th Jul 2017
17:00 - 21:00
Maida Hill Place
2-4 Fernhead Road
W9 3ET
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