HEEPS, Richard


Richard Heeps came to prominence at a young age with an exhibition at the Photographer’s Gallery in 1989. Since then, he has shown in a wide range of solo and group exhibitions, and has carried out several commissions, such as the Year of the Artist project and the Wicken Fen Natural Reserve. A vibrantly colourful photographer, Richard’s work covers a wide range of subject matter with a distinctive style. Each subject is allowed its own voice with which to state its claim to our attention. Colour is never taken for granted, and often recalls those passing moments of heightened attention that we all presumably experience at times, when, in a passing glance, the quality of light renders experience more intense, more assertively itself. Richard describes his work thus: ‘I see my work both as art and documentary. There is often a narrative behind my images, where I try to reflect my love and empathy for my subject matter. A lot of my influence comes from my relationship with Cambridgeshire and East Anglia from its flat Fen landscapes to the influence of America on this area. Within my work, I am always trying to push the limits of lens-based photography without the need for digital manipulation.’ The bright style and often burlesque subject matter of these photographs makes them highly attractive and collectable.