Born in England in 1936 Richard received his early Art education at Hastings School of Art and, after completing his National Service, studied and practised as a Medical Artist at the Middlesex Hospital in London from 1957 to 1959. The role required regularly attending surgery to observe and then illustrate the stages of an operation for example and Post Mortem’s to study the appearance of soft tissue within the body.
The anatomical knowledge that was gained during this period and subsequently during his career has had a major influence shaping the direction of Richard’s career, culminating in sculptures that have a precision of anatomy, harmony and form reflecting his earlier training.
Sculpture of Andreas Vesalius
Working with the sculptor Pascale Pollier, Richard’s most recent piece of large scale work was a commission to create an over life size anatomical figure based on the Illustrations of Andreas Vesalius anatomical studies, to mark the a 500-year celebration of his life and work. Cast in bronze, the statue stands in the town square of Zakinthos in Greece where Vesalius is known to have died.
Today Richard spends much of his time completing private commissions and creating small whimsical pieces from local “flotsam and jetsam” allowing the natural forms of the material to play upon.
These are called Driftwood sculptures and these as well as portrait busts and anatomy sculptures can be purchased via this website or contact Richard if you want a custom made pieces.
As a visual artist, Richard’s anatomical knowledge and skill at sculpture has resulted in a full and diverse career. The passion has always been the combination of sculpture and anatomy and throughout his career Richard has demonstrated that the art of sculpture need not be restricted by traditional sculptural concepts, but one where sculpture could be used to aid anatomy teaching for example, even used as a medium within police forensic science and facial reconstruction, or for use within television in the depiction of historical figures.
Sculpture of Historical Figures
Richard has been involved with reconstructing the heads of many historical figures. His role as part of an investigation of mummified remains is what led facial reconstruction being accepted into a forensic area and the method that is established today known as ‘ The Manchester Technique”. Richard became involved in the project to study the ancient Egyptian Mummies at the University’s Museum in 1973 and as part of this project he reconstructed the faces of three ancient Egyptians. The resulting publication drew the attention of other institutions around the world to this work, not merely archaeologists but also the police and thus began Richard’s modelling talents used as part of forensic facial reconstruction.
British Expert in Forensic Facial Reconstruction
Today Richard is regarded as the British expert in Forensic Facial Reconstruction. Forensic facial reconstruction is the reproduction of an individual’s face from skeletal remains. It is used when other forms of identification are very difficult or impossible, it can give a name to the dead in forensic cases, or in archaeological contexts, provide a tangible impression of real individuals from our past.
University of Manchester
As a member of staff and subsequently Director at the Unit of Art in Medicine at the University of Manchester, Richard led the way in using sculpture as a means of anatomy education and as a teaching method for medical artists. Consequently Richard became known for his skill at not only creating anatomical sculpture, but also for his skill at inspiring and teaching students anatomy through the art of realism style anatomical figures. A skill undoubtedly born out of the many years he worked as a medical artist.
Television and Museum