As the ARTBOURNE exhibition is held every two years, in the “in-between” year Wellesley hosts this residency and a student exhibition at the completion. The first three resident artists have been painters and sculptors, – Wayne Youle 2010, Ben Timmins 2013 and Sam Duckor-Jones 2015, and all exhibitors in the main ARTBOURNE exhibition previously. We are delighted to announce that multi-talented artist/musician Richard Adams will be the 2017 Artist in Residence.
Richard lives in Auckland with his wife and teenage son where he paints, as well as plays violin with his jazz group the Nairobi Trio. Richard has been fortunate to have been a resident artist previously, most recently in 2016 for Winchester College – a prestigious English school steeped in history.
“I paint when I’m not playing the jazz violin. The two go hand in hand. One sets the other on fire. When I feel good about my playing at night, the next day in my studio the painting always goes well. Painting should improve as the artist matures, just as in jazz the more you play, the more you understand the value of improvisation and a greater sense of confidence can emerge. This allows the artist to make a direct statement from within. With jazz less can be more, as in painting five strokes can say as much as five thousand.
I like my work to have a certain amount of spontaneity to it. This helps me in feeling that I am the guide of the brush rather than the master. I try not to have a pre-conception of what the picture will look like, I’ll pick a certain size of canvas, deal with the necessary materials and then let an image grow from this. Of course this also applies in playing jazz improvisation. It helps to allow the feeling of notes you imagine to pass through you rather than trying to arrange them for the listener. In that way, they can play themselves and the painting can really paint itself.”
Richard is excited about working with the boys and Head of Arts Glen Jorna from 21st August 2017 when he starts his residency. Richard is represented in Wellington by Solander Gallery, Willis Street.
We hope that the Artist in Residence programme shows the boys that unlocking and deepening their creativity may lead to a lifelong love of and possibly a career in arts. Moreover, artists like Richard make a living out of their art, along with the support of dealer galleries. As part of the school’s community engagement, Richard will host two Open Studio evenings during his residency.
For further information regarding the artist residency programme please contact firstname.lastname@example.org