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Richard Harpum Fine Art
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Richard Harpum - Award-winning artist painting realist landscapes, seascapes, wildlife, still lifes, florals and portraits.
Richard Harpum - Award-winning artist painting realist landscapes, seascapes, wildlife, still lifes, florals and portraits.

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Here is my latest painting. It is of Whitby Harbour in North Yorkshire, England, and 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 Mary’s Church. These are reached by 101 steps at the rear of the town. In the foreground are the Duke of York pub and the Board Inn, and the RNLI lifeboat can be seen making its way out to sea. 
This painting proved to be quite a challenge, due to the incredible amount of detail in this scene, which was based on numerous photos I took during a recent visit on a beautiful sunny day. It will be used in a 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle and I suspect with all the detail will prove to be quite a challenge.
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I've just completed my latest painting, which was a commission from Falcon Jigsaws. It shows Whitby Harbour in North Yorkshire, England.
It was a labour of love, taking many hours to paint but I am pleased with the final result.
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Whitby Harbour, North Yorkshire
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Tower of London Poppies - Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red 
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 “Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red”, which was installed to mark one hundred years since the first full day of Britain's involvement in the 1914 – 1918 First World War. It was created by artists Paul Cummins and Tom Piper and included 888,246 ceramic poppies installed in the Tower's moat between 17 July and 11 November 2014. Each poppy represented a British military fatality during WW1.
Although my original reference photos showed shadows of people in the foreground, I have replaced these with shadows of WW1 soldiers, which gives the painting a somewhat “spooky” aura and I hope reinforces the theme of this artwork. 
The ceramic poppies encircled the whole castle, creating not only a spectacular display visible from all sides but also an opportunity for personal reflection. All of the poppies that made up the installation were later sold, raising millions of pounds which were shared equally amongst six service charities.  
As with many of my paintings, I have made extensive use of golden ratios and somehow my favourite dog, Oscar, has also put in an appearance again.
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Winter Morning, Big Ben, Elizabeth Tower, London     
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 Palace of Westminster, the seat of the UK government.   The tower was completed in 1859 and the Great Clock started on 31 May 31st with the Great Bell's strikes heard for the first time on July 11th.
I visit London a few times every year and on this occasion was fortunate enough to capture the city in bright sunlight after about 4” of snow had fallen. Passing in front of the building is a red London double-decker bus. And my favourite dog, Oscar, makes another appearance. 
The buildings have changed dramatically over the course of nearly a thousand years of history. Transformed from a royal residence to the home of a modern democracy, the current tower is one of the most recognised buildings in the world.  Owing its stunning Gothic architecture to the 19th-century architect Sir Charles Barry, the Palace was built between the late 1830s and the early 1860s.  Now part of an UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Palace contains a fascinating mixture of both ancient and modern buildings, and houses a vast collection of furnishings, archives and works of art.  
I used this painting for one of my own Christmas cards. 
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I've just released my latest painting - "Tower Of London Poppies - Blood Swept Lands And Seas Of Red".
The 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 “Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red”, which was installed to mark one hundred years since the first full day of Britain's involvement in the 1914 – 1918 First World War. It was created by artists Paul Cummins and Tom Piper and included 888,246 ceramic poppies installed in the Tower's moat between 17 July and 11 November 2014. Each poppy represented a British military fatality during WW1.
Although my original reference photos showed shadows of people in the foreground, I have replaced these with shadows of WW1 soldiers, which gives the painting a somewhat “spooky” aura and I hope reinforces the theme of this artwork. 
The ceramic poppies encircled the whole castle, creating not only a spectacular display visible from all sides but also an opportunity for personal reflection. All of the poppies that made up the installation were later sold, raising millions of pounds which were shared equally amongst six service charities.  
As with many of my paintings, I have made extensive use of golden ratios and somehow my favourite dog, Oscar, has also put in an appearance again.
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It's been a good week. I sold two original paintings - "Fishing with Oscar (Doncaster Minster)" and "Tommy".
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"Around the World in 80 Paintings" is a presentation that shows some of my artwork. I am an avid traveller and have painted scenes from around the world. These include not only my home country, the UK but also USA, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Poland, Czech Republic, Morocco, South Africa, Jordan, China and Australia. I've also included a couple of other paintings that have an international element to them.
I hope you enjoy the journey!
You can read more about each painting on my web site at: www.richardharpum.com  

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