"Richard Heeps' seductive, highly saturated colours and sophisticated pictorial structures demonstrate a true love and empathy for his subject matter - be it cool descriptive interiors, still life or landscape. His distinctive style pushes the limits of lens-based photography without the need for digital manipulation."
Although I was brought up in East Anglia (England), I was heavily influenced by America. I visited American bases, I kept magazine cuttings and I followed drag racing. The speed, lifestyle and technicolour is reflected in my imagery. 'American' colour is a major aspect in my work, it drives my equipment and material choices.
At age ten I began participating in art shows and became comfortable with showing my work and the praise and criticism which is part of an artists development. In my early paintings Manhattan was reoccurring theme, I was fascinated with New York.
Throughout my professional career I have been lucky enough to exhibit my work in Museums and Public Galleries since the 1980's. Since 2008 my gallery Bleach Box has taken part in international art fairs. It's been an amazing experience exhibiting in America, Asia and Europe. I love connecting with my audience and it lead to me creating many artworks whilst on my travels.
I spent the last couple of years working from my home studio and darkroom in Cambridge. Creating new artworks, going out on location around the country and archiving my work which has lead to new releases of unseen negatives dating back over twenty years. I have maintained connection with my audience around the world through my website and Instagram.
Read my interview with Envie D'Art | Watch Meet the Others X Richard Heeps on YouTube | Listen to Richard Heeps on the Watton Earth Podcast | Read my Interview with Artsper. | Read my interview with the Affordable Art Fair Milan. | Read my blog to learn more about my work | Watch my YouTube 'The Road to Dejavu'
Affordable Art Fair Battersea | Bleach Box Photography Gallery, March 2022
Paxton & Glew | Let's Dance, Brighton, February 2022
Envie D'Art | Back to the Fifties, September 2021
The Other Art Fair | London King's Cross, July 2021 + Virtual Edition
Art on a Postcard | Photography on a Postcard at Photo London May 2019
The Auction Collective | HYPER-COLOUR-POP-CULTURE MAY 2019
Milan Design Week 2019 | Design Garden at The Stylist's Wardrobe, a collective exhibition of art and design inspired by nature.
WEMEN, Nhow Hotel Milano | 6th November 2018 - 31st March 2019
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition | 2018, The Sackler Wing.
Richard Heeps Education
- 1988-1991, BA Hons. Photography Film and Animation, West Surrey College of Art and Design, Farnham
- 1986-1988, BTec Photography, Mid Cheshire College of Art and Design, Northwich
- 1981-1984, Cambridge University Engineering Department, Apprenticeship in mechanical engineering