Richard Heys was born in West Yorkshire, growing up on a farm at the foot of the Pennines, just north of the Peak District and the Pennine Way. Although he graduated with a degree in Fine Art in 1986, life took him on a long looping journey until he came back to painting in 2007. And so, 21 years after graduating, he set out his stall as a self-employed artist.
Richard is represented by Clifton Fine Art in Bristol, Adam’s Gallery, Reigate, AKA Fine Art, Cambridge and Folkestone Art Gallery, Folkestone. He has had solo shows of his work nationally and internationally. Richard was selected to show his work at The Other Art Fair (in Bristol and London) from 2016 to 2019. In 2017 his work was selected for the Creekside Open & the National Open Art Exhibition (both in London) and a number of his paintings were selected for the ING Discerning Eye exhibition (at the Mall Galleries, London) in 2015, 2016 & 2021. His work is held in many private and commercial collections.
From 2014-17 Richard was a selected member of the Pure Arts Group & showed works at the Pure Autumn Fair, Battle in 2014, 2015 & 2016. And from 2014 – 2015 he was a member of the artist-run Chalk Gallery in Lewes, Sussex. In 2012 he was commissioned to create a large public art sculpture in Woking, Surrey.
Richard is a member of the Sevenoaks Visual Arts Forum and FPS The Free Painters and Sculptors, London. His work is held in private and commercial collections in the UK, Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Germany, Ireland, Italy, South Africa, Switzerland and the USA.
He works as an artist and tutor, teaching painting and art history. He is a graduate of Emerson College sculpture training and has a B.A. (Hons) Fine Art, from Sunderland University & a PGCE (DTTLS) from the University of Sussex.