Richard Darbyshire

"There's something exciting happening in Northland, and we want to be right at the centre of it."

Richard’s perspective on life, community, politics and environment are discussed within his work. Not wanting to force his opinion on you, Richard prefers to pose questions through the images he captures in his paintings, the titles of his exhibitions down to the fine handmade details of his ceramic work. What are your values? Where to do sit on this issue? What’s the edge of our comfort zone?

Of his own work Richard says “Nothing is too important that it can’t be pulled down a peg or two.” Sometimes tongue-in-cheek and at times challenging Richard’s work indefinably projects a sense of humor for those who are prepared to giggle at society, poke fun at political issues and laugh at themselves.

Richards education track record has refined his skills in his craft, graduating with a Diploma in 3D Design (ceramics major), Waikato Polytechnic. Diploma in Art & Craft (Advanced) (painting major), Hungry Creek Art & Craft School. Bachelor in Applied Arts, NorthTec.  Richard is a working artist who exhibits new work every year, in both solo and group shows. He worked as a potter for ten years, and continues to create ceramic artworks.