Top accolade for local artist

Thin Red Line, by Richard Cross
Thin Red Line, by Richard Cross
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An art lecturer from Clitheroe has landed coveted exhibition space in the world’s largest contemporary art show.

Richard Cross was one of 11,000 artists to submit a piece of work to the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition, now in its 244th year.

Entitled “Thin Red Line”, the oil painting is part of Richard’s series of landscapes based on the area of Lancashire where he lives and works. It will be hung in Gallery V, which focuses particularly on landscape pieces.

The exhibition showcases work by both emerging and established artists in all media including painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, architecture and film and includes pieces by famous artists such as Tracey Emin.

Richard, who has been a teacher of fine Art and Drawing at the Blackburn College for more than 20 years, said: “I�m thrilled to be included the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.

“The subject of this painting is the place I regularly go to walk my dog and is just outside Clitheroe. The ‘Thin Red Line’ refers to the rust coloured side of the Manchester to Clitheroe railway line that cuts across the picture in front of Longridge Fell and Kemple End in the background.

“I work full-time as a lecturer at Blackburn College therefore I’m not under any particular pressure to sell work, I only paint places I’m very familiar with and that I encounter as part of my everyday routine – if people happen to like them then that’s a bonus.”

Richard’s work has also appeared in the “500 Portraits” book which celebrated 25 years of the National Portrait Gallery’s annual BP Portrait Award. His self-portrait was selected from more than 3,000 entries to appear in the book.

The Summer Exhibition runs until August 12th.