Richard Hearns at the age of six with Audrey Hetburn
Richard Hearns at the age of six with Audrey Hepburn.

1980 Richard Cornelius Hearns born 25 January in Beirut, Lebanon. Given up for adoption to Sister Patrick an Irish nun who was working in the Lebanon during ‘the troubles’. Adopted by his Irish parents he arrived in Dublin, Ireland.

1984 Guided by his parents Richard attends school and begins to Draw regularly.

1990 Note to Mum and Dad

1991 Richard begins his secondary education where his love of Art is encouraged greatly.

1995 Richard completes his Junior Certificate Art Project. Richard receives honours for said project.

1998 On completing his Leaving Certificate including Art Projects and Portfolio. Richard receives honours for his project and is accepted in the National College of Art and Design and The Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology on receiving full marks in his portfolio assessment.

1998/99 Admitted to Dun Laoghaire School of Art Design and Media, Richard attends Core Year One at DLIADT.

1999 During the summer break Richard travels to work in Holland for three months and then travels on by road and ship to the island of Paros in the Greek Cyclades islands. During this time he keeps a visual diary.

1999/00 Drafting process starts to specialize in different disciplines within Fine Art. Begins working in Fine Art interdisciplinary Digital media.

2000 In the summer of 2000 Richard takes his first trip to Thailand staying with fellow student Shaun Hill a ceramic artist with Thai mother and Irish father. A month or so into the journey Richard is involved in a motor bike accident which leave him immobile for over a month. He keeps notebooks and draws intensely during this period. Richard also reads Brian Keenan’s book An Evil Cradling which is based in the Lebanon – Richard’s birth place.

2000/01 On Completion of his third year at college Richard receives a Diploma in Fine Art interdisciplinary Digital Media from DLIADT. During this year he works continually on subjective drawings based on Brian Keenan’s book An Evil Cradling.

2001/02 On Completion of his final year at college Richard receives a Bachelor Degree in Fine Art interdisciplinary Digital Media from DLIADT.
His end of year show consists of a short video / sound piece, projection / installation, entitled ‘Days merge into Night’ which is a subjective interpretation based on Brian Keenan’s time spent as a hostage in the Lebanon.

2002/03 After receiving his degree Richard travels again. He spends time moving up through Thailand to the far north and then travels by boat into Loas, eventually settling in Phenom Penh, Cambodia where he attains a job as an English teacher in the Asian Pacific University. During this period Richard sketches and draws regularly and becomes well accustomed with his surrounding community. Towards the end of his stay Richard has a chance meeting with an ex- patriot who tells him of a rather beautiful and unspoilt Thai island close by in the north eastern gulf.

2003 Richard finishes work at the university in Cambodia and travels onto Koh Mak island where a real love affair with colour begins. He spends a month there wandering the beaches with sketch pad in hand. Upon his return home Richard is invited to attend an interview at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin for a placement on their 2004 Higher Diploma in Art Craft and Design course. around this time Richard also begins the practice of Kenpo Karate.

2004 Marks the beginning of an intensive year of study and classroom practice. During this time Richard takes every opportunity to draw and paint while also increasing his knowledge in the crafts of 3D sculpture, ceramics and printmaking.

2005/06 On completion of the HDip Richard travels back to Thailand and onto Koh Mak island again where he takes up his brush to paint and also continues to train in Karate on a daily basis. This year marks the first solo show of Richard’s Art Works which took place in the famous Cruzzo Restaurant in the marina area of Malahide village in Co. Dublin. The Show entitled, ‘A Selection of Works from the Far East’ and was greatly received by Richard’s supporters and the community at large culminating in a sell out. On the proceeds of the show Richard traveled back to Thailand to buy materials and begin a new body of  Art Work. During this period Richard spends his time working from the forest side of the island – a stretch of  land call Ao Kanun.

2006 After some months in Thailand Richard returns home with a large body of work achieved. He is called to take part in the World Kenpo Karate Championship where he wins 1st place in ‘free form Kata’. He also gets enough points to earn him a place in the sparing quarter finals in his category.

The summer months of 2006 are spent in a new studio at the Mantua Arts Project centre in Roscommon where Richard works alongside his college friend Mark Redden, a painter and keen curragh builder. His Works are feature in a total of five group shows this year including the Boyle Art festival and the famous Oisin Gallery Selected Artists Exhibition.

2007 This year Richard takes part in an astonishing four group exhibitions as well as holding three solo exhibitions including a one man show in The Wonksiri Gallery in Thailand.

2008 Marks a big year in developmental change in Richard’s creative output. Inspired by the ‘ painting a day’ movement, many contemporary artists from the United States, as well as the works of the old masters such as Velasquez, Chardin and Rembrandt. In June Richard begins to paint subjects from direct observation and begins a  blog to map his progress and archive his development. An amazing four solo exhibitions were also organised this year including a show* entitled ‘A Quiet Light’ which took place at the Cong Art Gallery in the famous village of Cong, Co. Mayo.

2009 On assessment Richard is accepted to take up a studio residency at the Burren College of Art, Co. Clare where he keeps a studio for over two months during the summer. He rents a cottage close by to live in and gets to know the landscape and local community well.

2010 Richard creates works from both studio residencies in the Burren, Co. Clare and the Cill Rialaig Art Foundation in Co. Kerry. Inspired by life in the west of Ireland Richard decides to move to Co. Mayo to experience life there. It is at the world renowned Cill Rialaig Project that RTE television come to visit Richard and document his Art and current Inspirations.

2011 February 1st marks the first day of Richard’s official studio residency at the Custom House Studios on Westport Quay, Co. Mayo. Richard works here in great joy and earnest to prepare for his New York  Solo Exhibition.  February 2011 also marks Richard’s attaining official sponsorship by Richard Oliver Fine Art Brushes closely followed by winning a young entrepreneurs overseas export grant from the Fingal County Enterprise Board.

2011 May 20th Richard arrives in New York City to arrange the final hanging of his first solo show in the U.S. This show which took place in the Dillon Hall on First Avenue was officially opened by the Archbishop of New York, His Excellency Archbishop Timothy Dolan. The show is a wonderful success and paves the way for two more solo shows in New York to take place in March 2012.

2011 June. On returning to Ireland Richard begins the joint process of reviewing unresolved pieces and furthering new studio work as well as painting outdoors in preparation for an upcoming show in his home town of Malahide, Co. Dublin.

*see Exhibitions for further details on past Solo and Group Shows.