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RICHARD HARPUM
Doncaster, South Yorkshire - United Kingdom



, Winter Morning, Big Ben, , Landscape, $1,449
, Positano Vista, Amalfi Co, Landscape, $2,751
, Evening In Valletta Harbo, Landscape, $520

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Artist Statement

I find painting to be one of my most satisfying pastimes. Although I drew and painted as a youngster, a career in the British Army followed by many years as a senior executive in business, meant that I did not start pursuing my passion again until I was in my 50s. I am so glad that I did. Although I love the Impressionists, the engineer in me means that I have a great deal of difficulty being “loose” in my own work. Having tried and failed, I decided to take the route of being a realist artist, and recently coined “High Definition Art” as my slogan. However, I am not interested in achieving photorealism. I want people to see that my pictures are paintings, and would hate the thought that someone had to take a close look to discover that one of my paintings was not a photograph. My time-consuming technique pretty much prohibits painting en plein air, so I use photographs for reference in my studio. Consequently, I take a camera everywhere, although this drives my wife nuts! However, I deliberately avoid painting a direct copy of any of my photos. Indeed, with each new painting, I seem to do more and more enhancement, often combining a variety of references, to achieve an interesting result. First, I will often adjust the view, so as to create focal points on one or more “golden ratios” (1:1.613). I may also change the lighting, moving shadows and illuminated areas ...

Original Artworks (76)

Richard Harpum; winter stroll, 2017, Original Painting Acrylic, 12 x 11 inches. Artwork description: 241 This painting depicts a winter scene and is based upon some photographs I took the last time we had a major snowfall in South Yorkshire, England.  My wife and I spent some time strolling along the River Ryton near Bawtry. However, it is largely made up out ...
Richard Harpum
Original Acrylic Painting, 2017
12 x 11 inches (30.5 x 27.9 cm)
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Richard Harpum; Windsor Castle from the R..., 2016, Original Printmaking Giclee, 20 x 16 inches. Artwork description: 241  This painting of Windsor Castle was another jigsaw puzzle commission for Jumbo Games Ltd. Before starting the painting, I visited Windsor and took a large number of photographs both inside and outside the Castle. The Castle tour is fantastic and highly recommended.The Castle is a royal ...
Richard Harpum
Original Giclee, 2016
20 x 16 inches (50.8 x 40.6 cm)
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Richard Harpum; Tower of London Poppies B..., 2016, Original Printmaking Giclee, 70 x 50 inches. Artwork description: 241  This painting of the Tower of London was a commission for an existing client and used photographic references supplied by her. It shows the massive art installation aEURoeBlood Swept Lands and Seas of RedaEUR, which was installed to mark one hundred years since the first full day ...
Richard Harpum
Original Giclee, 2016
70 x 50 inches (177.8 x 127.0 cm)
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Richard Harpum; Whitby Harbour North Yorkshire, 2016, Original Painting Acrylic, 30 x 20 inches. Artwork description: 241  This painting of Whitby Harbour in North Yorkshire, England, was a commission for Falcon Jigsaw Puzzles. The painting shows the ruins of Whitby Abbey on the top of the east cliff, along with the interesting St MaryaEURtms Church. These are reached by 101 steps at the ...
Richard Harpum
Original Acrylic Painting, 2016
30 x 20 inches (76.2 x 50.8 cm)
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Richard Harpum; Winter Morning, Big Ben, ..., 2014, Original Painting Acrylic, 12 x 16 inches. Artwork description: 241  This painting shows the iconic Elizabeth Tower which houses the famous Big Ben - the name of the giant bell at the top of the tower, which is 96 metres ( 315 feet) high. It stands at the north end of the Houses of Parliament, also know as the ...
Richard Harpum
Original Acrylic Painting, 2014
12 x 16 inches (30.5 x 40.6 cm)
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Richard Harpum; Positano Vista, Amalfi Co..., 2014, Original Painting Acrylic, 20 x 16 inches. Artwork description: 241  A few years ago I took my wife to Naples for her birthday and whilst there, we hired a car and toured all the local sights, including Positano on the beautiful Amalfi coast.  As usual, I took numerous photographs, stopping whenever possible on the treacherous coast road.  ...
Richard Harpum
Original Acrylic Painting, 2014
20 x 16 inches (50.8 x 40.6 cm)
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Richard Harpum; Evening in Valletta Harbo..., 2014, Original Printmaking Giclee, 24 x 18 inches. Artwork description: 241  This painting of Valletta, Malta is the view from Fort Tigne in Sliema and was commissioned by an existing client. Malta is one of my favourite Mediterranean islands and my wife and I visited there in 2011. The Valletta skyline is dominated by the silver dome of ...
Richard Harpum
Original Giclee, 2014
24 x 18 inches (61.0 x 45.7 cm)
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Richard Harpum; Uluru Sunset Ayers Rock, ..., 2014, Original Painting Acrylic, 12 x 10 inches. Artwork description: 241  My family and I visited Uluru ( Ayers Rock) in December 2000, as part of a wonderful vacation of Australia. It is one of the largest monoliths in the world. Made of arkosic sandstone, Uluru rises 1,142 ft ( 348 metres) above the desert floor and has a ...
Richard Harpum
Original Acrylic Painting, 2014
12 x 10 inches (30.5 x 25.4 cm)
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Richard Harpum; Kruger White Rhino, 2014, Original Painting Acrylic, 12 x 10 inches. Artwork description: 241  I have been fortunate to see a lot of white rhinos during my various trips to Africa over the years. This one appeared as my wife and I were driving through the Kruger National Park in South Africa in 2002.  This was the last of the
Richard Harpum
Original Acrylic Painting, 2014
12 x 10 inches (30.5 x 25.4 cm)
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Richard Harpum; Fun on the River Cam, Cam..., 2014, Original Painting Acrylic, 30 x 20 inches. Artwork description: 241  This painting of Trinity College, Cambridge, England, was commissioned by Gibsons Games for a large 1000- piece jigsaw, which they will be publishing in 2014. It shows the River Cam running behind Trinity College, with a variety of people enjoying the nice weather. My favourite dog, Oscar, ...
Richard Harpum
Original Acrylic Painting, 2014
30 x 20 inches (76.2 x 50.8 cm)
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Richard Harpum; Fishing Boat Repairs, Ess..., 2014, Original Painting Acrylic, 20 x 16 inches. Artwork description: 241  Essaouira ( pronounced 'essa- weera' , or' es- Sweera' in Arabic) is Morocco's main fishing port located on the Atlantic coast.  In 2014 my wife and I visited Morocco, using Marrakech as our base. During our stay, we rented a car for 3 days and used it to ...
Richard Harpum
Original Acrylic Painting, 2014
20 x 16 inches (50.8 x 40.6 cm)
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Richard Harpum; Dr Peter Hindle MBE, 2014, Original Painting Acrylic, 30 x 24 inches. Artwork description: 241  This painting was commissioned by Compagnie de Saint- Gobain as a retirement gift for Peter Hindle MBE, who is currently Senior Vice- President of Sustainable Habitat and General Delegate for Saint- Gobain in the UK, Ireland & South Africa. As such, he oversees the company's operations in ...
Richard Harpum
Original Acrylic Painting, 2014
30 x 24 inches (76.2 x 61.0 cm)
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Richard Harpum; Winter Lights, Buckingham..., 2013, Original Painting Acrylic, 16 x 20 inches. Artwork description: 241  Buckingham Palace has served as the official London residence of Britain's sovereigns since 1837 and today is very much a working building, being the centrepiece and administrative headquarters of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth. Located in the City of Westminster, the Palace is huge with 775 rooms, ...
Richard Harpum
Original Acrylic Painting, 2013
16 x 20 inches (40.6 x 50.8 cm)
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Richard Harpum; Great Wall of China, Muti..., 2013, Original Painting Acrylic, 12 x 16 inches. Artwork description: 241  I have visited China many times, mostly on business, and have been fortunate enough to visit the Great Wall three times. My first visit was in 1999 when two work colleagues and I found ourselves in Beijing at a weekend. We decided to visit the Mutianyu Section ...
Richard Harpum
Original Acrylic Painting, 2013
12 x 16 inches (30.5 x 40.6 cm)
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Richard Harpum; River Dart Fly Fisherman, 2013, Original Printmaking Giclee, 12 x 10 inches. Artwork description: 241  My wife and I visit Devon and Cornwall every year, staying in Plymouth.One of our frequent excursions is Dartmoor, where we like to see the wild ponies and impressive scenery. For the return journey, one of our favourite routes is to follow the River Dart back ...
Richard Harpum
Original Giclee, 2013
12 x 10 inches (30.5 x 25.4 cm)
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Richard Harpum; Shem Creek  Shrimpers, Ch..., 2013, Original Printmaking Giclee, 24 x 20 inches. Artwork description: 241  ORIGINAL SOLD; AVAILABLE AS GICLEE PRINTS ON CANVAS OR PAPER OR PRINT ON DEMAND.In 2012 my wife and I took a vacation in the USA and spent two wonderful weeks visiting several old friends that we had made when we lived in South Carolina in the ...
Richard Harpum
Original Giclee, 2013
24 x 20 inches (61.0 x 50.8 cm)
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Richard Harpum; Cadiz Garden, 2013, Original Painting Acrylic, 16 x 20 inches. Artwork description: 241  My wife and I are regular visitors to Spain and in 2013 we re- visited Cadiz, which was packed with people celebrating the Feast of Corpus Christi. Cadiz is situated on a peninsular on the southern tip of Spain. To escape the crowds we made our way ...
Richard Harpum
Original Acrylic Painting, 2013
16 x 20 inches (40.6 x 50.8 cm)
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Richard Harpum; Meeting Street Inn, Charleston, 2013, Original Painting Acrylic, 16 x 20 inches. Artwork description: 241  In 2012 my wife and I took a vacation in the USA and spent two wonderful weeks visiting several old friends that we had made when we lived in South Carolina in the 1990s. During our stay we visited Charleston, South Carolina with some close friends and ...
Richard Harpum
Original Acrylic Painting, 2013
16 x 20 inches (40.6 x 50.8 cm)
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Richard Harpum; Oscar and Me, 2013, Original Painting Oil, 12 x 10 inches. Artwork description: 241  This is a completely made up painting depicting my favourite dog Oscar taking his young friend for a walk in the countryside.The sun is shining, the oil seed rape is in full bloom and the poppies have just started to come out. I will leave it ...
Richard Harpum
Original Oil Painting, 2013
12 x 10 inches (30.5 x 25.4 cm)
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Richard Harpum; Mont Saint Michel Soir, 2012, Original Painting Acrylic, 24 x 24 inches. Artwork description: 241  In 2011 my wife and I took a vacation in France and spent a wonderful two weeks touring Normandy with two American friends. One of the highlights of our trip was a visit to Mont Saint- Michel.   Situated on  a rocky tidal island off the north- west ...
Richard Harpum
Original Acrylic Painting, 2012
24 x 24 inches (61.0 x 61.0 cm)
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