Christopher Richards 

Landscapes

Landscapes » collection 1

A selection of general landscapes, painted over many years…

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A Prospect Of The Sea
Date   2008
Inches   18 x 18
Medium   Acrylic on board
For Sale   Yes

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Ancient Evenings and Distant Music
Date   2007
Inches   12 x 24
Medium   Acrylic on board
For Sale   Yes

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Breckland Wild
Date   2004
Inches   18 x 6
Medium   Acrylic on board
   

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One Tree Hill
Date   2013
Inches   18 x 18
Medium   Acrylic on board
For Sale   Yes

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Crookfinger Moon
Date   2003 - 2005
Inches   18 x 18
Medium   Acrylic on board
   

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Down the Bright Stream
Date   2005
Inches   18 x 18
Medium   Acrylic on board
   

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The Spirit Road
Date   2013
Inches   18 x 18
Medium   Acrylic on board
For Sale   Yes

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Heart's Journey
Date   2007
Inches   12 x 12
Medium   Acrylic on board
For Sale   Yes

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Keep an Eye on Summer
Date   2005
Inches   24 x 12
Medium   Acrylic on board
   

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Landscape of The Wiltshire Distance
Date   2003 - 2005
Inches   18 x 18
Medium   Acrylic on board
   

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Pontchartrain
Date   2003 - 2013
Inches   18 x 18
Medium   Acrylic on board
For Sale   Yes

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Marvel Hill Revisited
Date   2003
Inches   24 x 12
Medium   Acrylic on board
   

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October Reasons
Date   2003
Inches   24 x 12
Medium   Acrylic on board
   

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Otherworld
Date   2007
Inches   12 x 12
Medium   Acrylic on board
   

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Lord of the Rings Trilogy - Night on The Barrow Downs
Date   2005
Inches   24 x 24
Medium   Acrylic on board
   

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Ashe Ridge - Finale
Date   2004
Inches   24 x 24
Medium   Acrylic on board
For Sale   Yes

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Wizard's Hollow
Date   2004
Inches   12 x 24
Medium   Acrylic on board
   

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Dream Catcher
Date   2005
Inches   18 x 6
Medium   Acrylic on board
   

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Dream Seeker
Date   2005
Inches   20 x 6
Medium   Acrylic on board
   

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Gulf Winds
Date   2006
Inches   12 x 12
Medium   Acrylic on board
   

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Landscapes of the Moon
Date   2005
Inches   9 x 9 (each pic)
Medium   Acrylic on board
   

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Natural Flow
Date   2003
Inches   18 x 18
Medium   Acrylic on board
   

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Shadowland
Date   2003
Inches   24 x 24
Medium   Acrylic on board
   

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Storm Over Ashe Ridge
Date   2003
Inches   18 x 18
Medium   Acrylic on board
   

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This is a very special painting – rich, precious, glowing, magical and highly original. It is also dreamlike and inspires dreams. A visitor to one of Richards' exhibitions dreamed of a foreign place on a hot, balmy night, where a lake dotted with floating flickering candlelight was bordered by lush vegetation. A path led to a clearing where a picture lay on the earth, made of pure pigments. It was unmistakably The Golden Island in full, glorious colour.

The island of the title bears a resemblance to a hill near Stourhead, which if viewed from Mere Down, close to the artist's home, rises up behind the line of the horizon. Its shape, however, is in reverse, the highest part of the hill being in reality on the left. Has this familiar landmark undergone a transformation? It is now an exotic gilded island with a deep, dark sea and a strong, stormy turquoise-green sky. Below the sea, the land is sliced away to reveal a sheer rock face with a wonderful light-reflecting texture, in mid-to-light blues streaked with red. A gently undulating ledge, like a cliff-road, snakes across the surface, trees nestling against it. Below this, there is another area resembling rock with strong textural marks, this, a larger expanse of red.

In Richards' work, reds and gold are often used sparingly as contrasts in the petrol blue, turquoise and aqua, but here we see larger areas and chunks of these colours – a real treat. The block of gold – a bright emperor's gold – sings out against the red and ultramarine, its textural scratches and lines suggesting the effects of time.

Finally, at the bottom, we have deep ultramarine blue, not solid, as in the sea at the top, but streaked and patterned with purples and maroon. To the right, its shape suggests a wave; however, in the corner we see a golden orb, resembling a planet in the night sky – sea and sky have become one.

N.M.

The Golden Island
Date   2003
Inches   24 x 24
Medium   Acrylic on board
   

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The Scent of Southern Hillsides
Date   2007
Inches   18.5 x 8.5
Medium   Acrylic on board
   

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Though Dynasties Pass
Date   1990 - 2002
Inches   36 x 18
Medium   Acrylic on board
   

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Ynys Glas
Date   2013
Inches   18 x 18
Medium   Acrylic on board
For Sale   Yes

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The Way Ahead
Date   2013
Inches   12 x 24
Medium   Acrylic on board
For Sale   Yes

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Water Shows the Hidden Heart
Date   2014
Inches   24 x 20
Medium   Acrylic on canvas board
For Sale   Yes

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Brimsdown Hill
Date   2003 - 2010
Inches   12 x 24
Medium   Acrylic on board
For Sale   Yes

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Cimarron Beach - Three Quarter North
Date   2003 - 2005
Inches   18 x 18
Medium   Acrylic on board
For Sale   Yes

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Evermore
Date   2003
Inches   12 x 18
Medium   Acrylic on board
   

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Seen as if from the cockpit of a Spitfire, the fields are scraped, plotted and pieced. It is twilight. The predominant colour is a luminous blue, with touches of purple and green and two yellow fields. There are folds and there is texture. The horizon is high in the picture, giving only a glimpse of blue sky and a few fleecy clouds. Trees, still heavy with last year's leaves, sway in the wind. The earth shifts on its axis. It is all here. This is England.

S.C.

Every October Sky
Date   2007
Inches   20 x 16
Medium   Acrylic on canvas board
   

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Hawkmoon
Date   2004
Inches   24 x 24
Medium   Acrylic on board
   

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Landscape of the Wiltshire Distance (second version)
Date   2010
Inches   18 x 18
Medium   Acrylic on board
For Sale   Yes

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Rambleaway
Date   2003
Inches   12 x 18
Medium   Acrylic on board
   

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Tangled in Clouds
Date   2007
Inches   12 x 12
Medium   Acrylic on board
For Sale   Yes

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The Dust of Old Dreams
Date   2008
Inches   12 x 24
Medium   Acrylic on board
For Sale   Yes

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The Feeling that You Get when the Wind is Changing
Date   2003
Inches   12 x 24
Medium   Acrylic on board
For Sale   Yes

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The Silent Acres (Mere Down)
Date   2003-2014
Inches   18 x 18
Medium   Acrylic on board
For Sale   Yes

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Weathertop
Date   2004
Inches   18 x 6
Medium   Acrylic on board
   

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Wolf Light
Date   2004 - 2008
Inches   18 x 6
Medium   Acrylic on board
For Sale   Yes