Richard Sunderland

I paint in any medium: oils and watercolours, dabble in print-making and wax resist.  I love to draw.  My current work is about surfaces and textures and can range from architecture or individual bricks to water and rock. My mixed media watercolours are like stains on the walls, the effects of time whether man-made or natural.  The wilderness of Dartmoor or the streets of Plymouth that are being shaped and changed by social and economic forces as well as natural ones, I record while walking the moors or exploring the suburbs.  The regeneration and decay, the old and the new, the fabric of a place are tactile motivators.

As a member of Rhizome, I get to explore my on practice and learn from others.


CV: Curriculum Vitae

Tools Workshop

Making mark-making equipment made from found resources, exploring how the tools function learning and how to control and discover their potential for personal responses.

The Big Watercolour Day - Plymouth Art Weekender

A community event at Plymouth School of Creative Arts, with the aim to engage the inter-generational members of families within the community to find time to follow a visual activity together.

Flicker Workshop - Foil Portrait

Self-portrait as seen in aluminium foil.  Drawing initially in chalk and charcoal lead to members exploring photography, film and other multiple devices and media.

Uniformity and Diversity

The square canvas is one of the four basic shapes, a structural form which can create single or multiple permutations that form relationships or show the diversity and showcase the contrast between all the work. The square canvas was offered as a free space to explore Rhizome Artists’ Collective members’ thinking and workshop practice. Which relate to objects and the ritual of visual analysis and the grammar and phenomenology of individuals’ creative use of the visual elements.

Group Project - Object Exchange

The premise of this group project was to exchange objects that have no special aesthetic qualities and make Art with them. We had complete license to do what we wished, to be as deliberate or surprising with our outcomes as we wanted, so a painter could make a sculpture or a sculptor could take a photograph and so on. The only caveat we discovered subsequently was that it should delight.