Lot 141 - Richard Spare - Spring Bullfinch (Detail)
Lot 141 - Richard Spare - Spring Bullfinch (Detail)

Lot 141 - Richard Spare - Spring Bullfinch (Detail)

Drypoint and watercolour on paper

2023

A6 (10x15cm)

Original Artwork

Signed on Verso

This auction is raising proceeds for The Hepatitis C Trust

ARTIST INFO

About 

Richard Spare is a painter and printmaker. After studying painting at Maidstone College of Art in the 1970s, Richard embarked on a career that has seen him edition work for a number of leading contemporary artists including David Hockney, Robert Ryman and Jasper Johns among others. He has exhibited his own work internationally and has often displayed work in our own Summer Exhibition over the years. He first came to Hockney’s attention in 1977 working as his assistant. During their time together, Spare took charge of setting up an etching studio for him and observed Hockney creating sets for a Glyndebourne production of The Magic Flute. A decade later, Spare was working with Jasper Johns in New York, proofing and editioning complex carborundum prints. 

Today, Spare focuses on producing his own work, drawing on themes of nature and travel. Based in Charlton, he works from a converted Victorian coach house. A homage to the art of printmaking, this specially designed studio is home to his lovingly restored antique etching presses. 

Education 

Maidstone College of Art 1971 - 1974 

Select Exhibitions/Awards 

2001-21  
13 tours of Japan totalling over 200 solo exhibitions  
 
2012  
Guest International Artist, Melbourne, Australia  
 
Solo Exhibitions in: Australia, Japan, Korea, United Kingdom  
 
Selected Group Exhibitions 

RA Summer Exhibitions. 1973–2023  
44 Artworks selected for 30 Summer Exhibitions at the Royal Academy of Arts, London  
 
Invited Artist at:  

2016 The Original Print Show curated by Norman Ackroyd CBE RA, Zillah Bell Gallery, Thirsk, Yorkshire  
2014-15 Painter Printmakers – The Six-Month Launch Exhibition of RA Art Sales, The Keeper's House, Royal Academy of Arts, London 
2005 The Discerning Eye Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London  
2003 The Winter Print Fair, The Friends Room, Royal Academy of Arts, London  
1997 The Discerning Eye Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London 

Gallery Representation 

Public Collections 
Art in Healthcare  
Aston University Berlin Central and Regional Library  
British Library 
Cartwright Hall Art Gallery  
Chelmsford Museum  
Federation University Australia  
Hastings Museum and Art Gallery  
Horsham Regional Art Gallery, Victoria, Australia  
Hunterian Art Gallery  
Imperial Health Charity  
Leeds Art Gallery  
Maidstone Museum  
Museum of London  
Museum of the Home  
Penlee House Gallery and Museum  
Royal Cornwall Museum  
Trevelyan College, Durham University  
University College London Hospitals Trust  
Victoria and Albert Museum. 

Statement about AOAP Submitted Artwork 

'Chat' detail, a glimpse into Richard's London Garden, where birds meet for a chat on the garden bench he renovated. Spring Bullfinch detail, a welcome spring visitor to the magnolia tree in Richard's London Garden. Honeysuckle detail, honeysuckle winds its way through the jasmine and clematis in Richard's front garden in London. A heavenly scent on a summer evening. All three are cropped from original drypoint and watercolour prints and are unique. 

 

You must not reproduce, duplicate, copy, sell, resell or exploit any works. In doing so, you endanger our relationships with artists, and directly jeopardise the charitable work we do. 

PLEASE DO NOT BID ON ARTWORK IN OUR ART ON A POSTCARD AUCTIONS IF YOU INTEND ON SELLING THE ARTWORK AFTER YOU HAVE PURCHASED IT. THIS AUCTION HAS BEEN ORGANISED FOR CHARITY AND ALL ARTWORKS HAVE BEEN GENEROUSLY DONATED BY THE ARTISTS TO RAISE MONEY FOR THE HEPATITIS C TRUST. WHEN THE WORK PRODUCED FOR THE CHARITY IS SOLD ON THE SECONDARY MARKET IT DAMAGES OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE ARTIST AND PREVENTS US FROM FUNDRAISING.