About Richard Heeps

"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 photography."

I am a film-based photographer, I use a range of vintage analogue cameras. I consider myself to have three studios, the external studio of whichever location I may be shooting, my darkroom where I make my master prints and my home studio where I do the postproduction where the artworks are mounted, framed and finished. I have always wanted my work to be accessible without compromising on quality and making everything in house I am in control of each step to achieve that.

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 a recurring 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, founded with Natasha Heidler, has taken part in many international art fairs. It's been an amazing experience exhibiting in America, Asia and Europe. I love connecting with my audience and it led to me creating many artworks whilst on my travels.

I now primarily work from my home studio and darkroom in Cambridge. Creating new artworks, going out on location around the country and archiving my work which has led 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, art fairs, exhibitions and collaborating with galleries.

Recent Exhibitions

Helm | Unity, Brighton, May 2024

Art For Cure | JOURNEY, Aldeburgh, May 2024

Paxton + Glew | Street, Brighton, May 2024

Tom Cox Gallery | THREE, London, April 2024

Affordable Art Fair Battersea | Bleach Box Gallery March 2024/23/22

Babylon ARTS | Future Artefacts, January 2024. Exhibition at Babylon ARTS celebrates 125 years since Wicken Fen became the first National Trust Nature Reserve.

SOTA Marketplace | London Exhibition, October 2023

TAG Fine Arts | Wish You Were Here...? Group Exhibition, Whitechapel, London, June 2023

Affordable Art Fair Hamburg & Amsterdam | Goodwin Gallery November 2023

Paxton + Glew Gallery Brighton Biennale Photo Fringe Festival | New Vision Exhibition and Talk, September 2022

Envie D'Art | Back to the Fifties, Paris, September 2021

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

Read Full Exhibition History Here

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

See my work in the flesh at these UK Galleries