Richard Harpin – British watercolour artist

You know when people say to you – “Oh, my friend’s husband’s cousin’s sister’s boyfriend is an artist – you should meet!”? You know how your heart sinks? You put on a grisly smile, try not think really bad thoughts, and reply – “Mmmmmm……..?”

Because invariably you get to meet the “artist”, or get shown their work.

And it’s excruciating.

I try and find something nice to say amid the horror. Sometimes it’s very difficult.

So when my friend told me – “Oh, my husband paints watercolours”, I immediately went into grisly mode.

Then I looked at his work.

And changed my mind.

Here are a few of his pieces:

Toy War 4 - watercolour by British artist Richard Harpin
Toy War 4 – watercolour by British artist Richard Harpin. 40cm x 30cm

Tanya Dreams of Lowry World - watercolour by British artist Richard Harpin
Tanya Dreams of Lowry World – watercolour by British artist Richard Harpin. 20cm x 29cm (This is my favourite).

Flowers, Fruit and Cheese - watercolour by British artist Richard Harpin
Flowers, Fruit and Cheese – watercolour by British artist Richard Harpin. 40cm x 30cm

Personally, I think you should go and see the rest of his work – Richard Harpin.

He paints in series, he has no formal training, he has a lovely eye for colour and story telling. He doesn’t agree with me when I tell him he works in collage. And in fact, he is right, as collage is a primarily a technique where the whole artwork is made from an assemblage of different forms. In the art world this sometimes includes magazine and newspaper clippings, ribbons, paint, bits of colored or handmade papers, portions of other artwork or texts, photographs and other found objects, glued to a piece of paper or canvas.

However, he gets an idea or concept, then searches out the components and puts them together to make a whole. His work is illustrative and sharp edged with humorous elements. His subject matter vacillates from cutesy cats to flying middle aged ladies – and everything in between. He makes his own personal comment on what he sees and often with a dry sense of British humour.

I like his style.