Richard Clare

Richard was born in 1964 and brought up in Sheffield, Yorkshire.  He trained as a graphic designer, which encouraged the development of his art. He is known for his colourful depictions of Northern landscapes, as well as scenes of France and Italy. His paintings are developed from sketches, photographic reference and memory. In recent years, urban landscapes, particularly at night time, have become a fascination. 

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Richard is colour blind, but insists that it has never caused him any problems as he is more interested in capturing the “spirit of a landscape” than reproducing it.

A keen walker, Richard has always gathered his inspiration in the Peak District, the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District; occasionally making a quick sketch, but generally absorbing the atmosphere before laying it onto a canvas with a palette knife in a riot of acrylic hues. 

These days Richard is also inspired by the French and Italian landscapes, so much so that he has bought a home in Tuscany enabling him to spend more time there.  However, he still spends a lot of time at his studio in England, where he is painting to meet the demand for his work.

Richard admits to enjoying the contrast between the technical exactness against the freedom he allows himself in his painting.

He has a Diploma in Graphic Design and Higher National Diploma in Visual Communications.

Paintings Exhibited At:

Salford Art Gallery 1999 North West Regional Art Society Exhibition
Bury Art Gallery 1999 Manchester Academy of Fine Arts Exhibition
Salford Art Gallery 1999/2000/2001 Salford Art Group Annual Exhibition
Stockport Art Gallery 1999/2000/2001/2002 Open Art Exhibition
Mall Galleries, London 2000/2001/2002 The Laing Competition
The Gascoigne Gallery Ilkley 2000
The Derwent Gallery Derbyshire 2000/2001/2002/2003/2004/2005/2006/2007/2008/2009/2010/2011/2012
The Waterford Gallery, Cheshire 2001/2002/2003
Lupton Square Gallery, Honley 2002
Fisher Gallery, Scotland 2002/2004
Todmorden Fine Art Yorkshire 2001/2002/2003/2004/2005/2006/2007/2008/2009/2010/2011/2012/2013
Wendy J Levy Gallery, Didsbury 2001/2002/2003/2004/2005/2006/2007/2008/2009/2010/2011/2012/2013
Old Courthouse Gallery, Lake District 2002/2003/2004/2005
Gallery 2, Lake District 2002/2003/2004
Manor House Gallery, Cotswolds 2003/2004
Walker Galleries, Harrogate 2003/2004/2005/2006
La Galleria, Barga, Italy, 2006/2007
Purple Gallery, Birmingham, 2008/2009/2010/2011/2012/2013
Ambleside Fine Arts, Lake District, 2008

Solo Exhibitions:

The Blyth Gallery Manchester, March 2000
Wensley Gallery Lancashire, September 2000
Thornham Riverside Gallery Saddleworth, October 2000
Amber House Art Gallery Derbyshire, December 2000/2002/2003/2005
Reubens Gallery Leeds, December 2000/2001/2002/2003 Group Exhibition
S10 Gallery Sheffield, February 2001/2002
The Derwent Gallery, Derbyshire October 2001/2004/2005/2006/2007
Pendle Heritage Centre, October 2001
Wendy J Levy Gallery, Didsbury April 2003/2005/2006/2007/2008/2009/2010/2011/2012/2013
Walker Galleries, Harrogate, Group Summer Exhibition 2003
St John Street Gallery, Ashbourne, Derbyshire, May 2004, December 2006
La Galleria, Barga, Italy, April 2006
La Galleria, Barga, Italy, July 20012
Summer Arta Festival, Bagi di Lucca, Italy, July 20013
Fundraising Charity Exhibition for The Kalisher Trust, London, July 2013
Cultural Art Exchange Exhibition with Liguria, Italy and North Yorkshire
Touring Exhibition in La Spezia, Varese Ligure and Sestri Levante Summer 2005.
Touring Scarborough and Castle Howard in 2006.


Finalist, International Artist Magazine, Landscape Competition, Feb/March 2006
2001 Laing National Art Competition, Favourite Picture at the Chairman’s Preview
Janet Bewick Landscape Award 2000 and 2001 Salford Art Club
Prize winner, Saddleworth Open Art Exhibition 2002