Richard Thorn, watercolor artist
Today I would like to introduce Richard Thorn, a watercolor painter from England, and his works.
Above is his official website. It is a site that shows various activities such as tutoring, publishing, exhibitions, and blogs. You can tell how active he is and how energetic he is.
Richard began his painting career in the early 80's after a long sojourn in London playing Jazz.Since those early days his paintings have been sold and exhibited in many leading galleries throughout the Southern region as well as America, Taiwan and South Korea.Recently, after having his work accepted for the last 4 years at the Royal Institute (for painters in watercolour) open exhibitions, he has won 2 awards for best watercolour.He was also invited to participate in the Quingdao International Watercolour Exhibition 2019 where he won an excellent work award. Art Promoters in China are currently showing his work and have asked the artist to return in 2020 to demonstrate and exhibit. (excerpt by official site)
Trained at Newton Abbot School of Art, Richard has been painting for over 20 years, specializing in watercolour. Having lived for most of his life in and around Torbay he has committed the area's most picturesque coastline to paper in sublime fashion making the sun dance across water like no other.
According to the artist's introduction, he is now a painter with 30 years of experience. He has also won two awards and has numerous galleries selling and exhibiting his works. Above all, he is a painter with many fans who love his beautifully sparkling sea paintings.
Below are some of his most recent works featured on his site. I personally love his deep, dark blue.
Looking at this artist's work, I can't help but wonder how he painted it. The more an artist draws a picture, the more curious he becomes. I too was very curious about the depth, composition, and sparkling vibrancy of his paintings. His self-improvement attitude, always exploring techniques and materials, sets a good example for artists who follow the same path. Below is a blog by an artist who has well appreciated and described his work. If you look at his site, you can get a lot of help in understanding and appreciating this artist's paintings due to his insight and analytical skills.
The site below summarizes the process of painting by this artist in brief and in detail.
According to an article by the Lyme Regis Art Society, he first selects a picture to paint as shown below.
And what's unique is that he treats the sketch as an ink base. I could find that the deep shading and contrast of his paintings was oozing out of this ink.
Then he paints the main colors gray, yellow, blue, etc. in turn.
Below is the finished picture. It is impressive that the color of the rock was treated differently from the photo.
Below is a collection of my personal favorites among his works.
And the one at the bottom is one of my favourites. Although it is a simple composition and landscape, I was moved by his expressive power to describe rocks. It's not a typical rock color, but depending on our sensibilities, the rocks actually look like this in many cases. It's amazing how they can catch this vibe.
When people look at a painting and start to be moved and like it, most people want to know about the artist. I looked for evaluations and information about him mainly from the galleries on his official site. Some places introduce him as a self-taught artist. However, some sites say that he actually graduated from art school. The exact information is unknown, but from a personal perspective, it is judged that it means that he has attained the status of a master by learning on his own rather than at the academy field. In any case, he is also talented in music, and is actually a jazz guitarist and has composed several songs.
When I look at a picture, for example, it is a picture drawn by 10 artists, but rather than a picture that looks like they were all painted by the same person, I like a picture that is like a signature, where you can clearly tell that it is the artist when you look at the work. Personally, I like the work of Richard Thorne. It is very easy to pick out his paintings from among the many paintings. This is because his signature-like personality and long-standing concerns and philosophy about paintings are melted in his work.
Personally, I think the most obvious difference between his paintings is the white, which deals with the brilliantly shimmering light, and the dark blue, which shows the contrasting depth, as shown below.
Now it's summer in full swing. In summer, we go to the beach a lot. We get to enjoy what true blue is. For those who want to feel the warmth of a splendid summer, I recommend actively viewing Richard Thorn's work.
Myungja Anna Koh