In January, Richard’s work “Le Confluence” was selected as a finalist in the Columbia Threadneedle Painting Prize. The exhibition of finalists was held at the Mall Galleries in London. In March Richard’s work “Table with Tablecloth” was selected as a finalist in the Lynn Painter-Stainer’s Prize. The exhibition of finalists was also held at the Mall Galleries. In July “Cupboard 2” was a finalist in the John Moores Painting Prize, a career highlight and the fulfilment of a career ambition for Richard. The exhibition of finalists was held at the Walker Gallery in Liverpool. In November, Richard’s works “Unit” and “Drop leaf Table” were selected for the ING Discerning Eye Exhibition which was held at the Mall Galleries in London. 2018 has been a very busy and exciting year for Richard and his practice has continued to go from strength to strength. The year culminated with Richard being awarded a Master of Arts Degree in Creative Practice, with distinction, from Leeds Arts University with an exhibition of a selection of his work being held at Colours May Vary in Leeds at the end of November.
Future projects are already in the planning stages and 2019 is starting to look as though it will be just as exciting as 2018 has been. It has been confirmed that Richard’s work “Clipboard” will be included in the “Made in Britain” exhibition to be held at the National Museum of Poland in Gdansk from 14th March until 2nd June. Richard will also be co-curating an exhibition of contemporary painting at the Bowery in Leeds which will open at the end of March.