Rick Garland


Rick Garland studied at Gemini School of Illustration, which is one of the premier illustration colleges in Europe. Upon completion he went on to work as a fine art illustrator for 15 years. Rick has been represented by the two foremost agencies in the UK since 2000, working for advertising agencies and book publishers. Additionally, he operated his own fine art agency, representing many UK based artists before choosing to concentrate on his own painting. Rick has been commissioned privately on a number of subjects, including portraits. He has painted in New York, New England and Rome and these paintings formed the first show held at Floren Fine Art in Poole, Dorset in 2009.

Since then Rick has exhibited with Reuben Colley Fine Arts in Moseley, Birmingham. He was invited to help open the new gallery by Reuben Colley and was part of mixed shows throughout 2010, and ultimately receiving his first solo show in February of 2011. Reaction to this show was exceptional with a sell-out show in little more than a week’s time.

As a result, Rick was invited to exhibit in a mixed show at the prestigious Hayhill Gallery on Cork Street, London.

Since then, he has been published by Collier & Dobson and Reuben Colley Fine Art,

American Art Collector Magazine, as well as, releasing editions personally that have been shown in galleries such as Beautiful Crime in London and Prescription Art in Brighton.



“I am a realist painter with a much stronger interest in the atmosphere and light in my subject than the detailed recreation and static representation that realism and hyper-realism often gives us. I start with an idea or object’s appeal and my illustration background and love of narrative help develop that into a direction for each painting. I work primarily in acrylics, but sometimes with oils as well, and mostly on canvas.

In my urban landscapes and figurative pieces, there is very often an obvious aesthetic I am drawn to, and aim to convey. Almost always there is a hidden undercurrent and story, if not more than one embedded within the piece. This is true as much for me, as it is for the viewer.

I have been drawn for a number of years to finding the beauty in the derelict, overlooked and abandoned — especially old factories, hospitals and formerly grand architecture. The cathedral-like proportions and light streaming through the fragile decaying shells of these places can be truly beautiful, and I aim to capture that in my work. Beauty is in everything, even the unexpected.”



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