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Richard Blunt

Born: Stourbridge, West Midlands

Figurative artist Richard battled homelessness to achieve his dream of becoming a professional artist. His charismatic pieces are shaped by a love of storytelling.

Inspiration

After studying 3D design at art college, he entered his twenties in a strange town, homeless, friendless, and with his only possessions in the pockets of his coat. During this time, Richard rediscovered his creative side and played the guitar in various bands before picking up a paintbrush and experimenting with oils.

He is inspired by artists such as Johannes Vermeer, Caravaggio and John William Waterhouse – particularly their depiction of dramatic light and realism. Likening their paintings to a modern film, he challenges himself to capture a similar feeling with just the snapshot of a single image.

Richard says: “I am never truly happy with a piece unless I feel it holds enough mystery to stop and intrigue the viewer, if only for a moment.”

 

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