RICHARD HEEPS - Man's Ruin
The Photographers Lounge
What is always apparent in Richard's work are the deliciously intense colours: think of the sumptuousness of old Technicolor movies, and you'll be getting warm. By always shooting on film and hand-printing his own pictures with personal colour-saturation techniques, Richard heightens the cinematic quality of the images, and adds to their ambiguity. Whether it's the blazing orange flames painted on a '67 Dodge Coronet, the cool Hockney blues of Californian swimming pools in dazzling sunlight, or the artfully made-up flesh tones of pretty girls in sharp period outfits, the full-blooded gorgeousness of the subjects are inescapable.
Technique and style apart, Richard's enduring fondness for the fading ripples of a bygone age is perfectly enabled by his subject matter, whether it be a mythical Americana or a British sentimentality. The images of Elvis and Marilyn Monroe, woven into carpets and on television screens, are kitsch icons made unashamedly glorious. And the flag hanging limply from the rafters of a scout hut certainly evokes an unarguably nostalgic sense of colonial decline, but could have been taken at any time in the last sixty years.
Born in 1965 in Cambridge, where he still works and lives, Richard has pursued an interest in colour photography through a variety of themes predominantly set within the East Anglian region, and encompassing Europe and North America. His work has been widely published and exhibited since 1986 to global acclaim, and he has exhibited at the Photographers Gallery, The Spitz Gallery, Light House Gallery and 20-21 Visual Arts Centre.
The Man's Ruin exhibition opens at the Photographers Lounge on July 26, and all prints, along with copies of the Man's Ruin book, will be available for purchase. For more information contact Kate at The Photographers Lounge on 01929 424414 or go to the website at www.photographerslounge.co.uk.