Banner image: 'Superstar Superchrist' (detail), acrylic and pen on canvas2016. Pen and paint in linear patterns cover a pink canvas.

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Artist Statement: Richard Hunt was born in 1972 in Plymouth, and grew up in Gibraltar. He now lives in Rose Hill in Oxford. Richard works prolifically, and has produced around 150 new paintings and drawings over the last 3 years. In 2013 Richard exhibited works at the Compton Verney Gallery in Warwickshire. Richard’s work is based in the desire to communicate his feelings through painting. A major ambition for Richard is to be respected as an artist by the wider community, and not to be defined as an artist with Downs Syndrome. He is also interested in video, with his work having progressed from films documenting painting as a performance to works better defined as ‘film painting’.

"When I’m painting and drawing I feel like I’m in a different world. I start with an idea which I sketch out onto paper or canvas, a frame to put the picture on, like a circle or a diamond, then over the next few weeks I build the picture up adding colours and details. I don’t plan the pictures, I just know exactly what I want to do, when I do it, I go with the flow." - Richard Hunt

Richard has produced a series of paintings reflecting his interests in popular culture, and has imbued these with a devotional element. Richard identifies his creativity as an extension of his Catholic faith, and sees painting as a direct expression of his belief. Working in a professional studio environment has enabled Richard to paint at a much larger scale than in his previous work, and develop techniques that incorporate his own self- taught style with more traditional ways of working. He has also produced a film which explores the thinking process behind his work as a painter.

Richard is a founding member of the Shadowlight Artists, a group of professional artists with learning disabilities based in Oxfordshire, who are supported by Film Oxford.

'Aladdin' (2016); Acrylic and Pen on Canvas

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