About the artwork'A Short History of Milan' began in November 2018 for a special project featuring at the Affordable Art Fair Milan 2019 and the series is ongoing. There is a reoccurring linear, structural theme throughout the series, capturing the Milanese use of materials in design such as glass, metal, wood and stone. Richard has a strong connection to Northern Italy from printing his books in Verona, and visiting Milan many times to exhibit. The work here is a series he has been sketching ideas for for a while, and is his first body of Italian work, capturing the spirit of Milan. It sits alongside his street photography work capturing Hong Kong, Vietnam and New York, which depict the fingerprint of cities through colour, fabric and structure with distinct style. This artwork is a limited edition of 25 gloss photographic print made in the artist's darkroom. It is signed and numbered on reverse accompanied by a certificate of authenticity. The print is dry-mounted to aluminium, presented in a museum board window mount and a choice of black or white box frame.
Richard Heeps’ seductive, highly saturated colours and sophisticated pictorial structures demonstrate a true love for his subject matter – be it cool, descriptive interiors, still life or landscape. His distinctive style pushes the limits of lens-based photography without the need for digital manipulation. He has exhibited widely in museums and galleries including The Photographers Gallery in London, Rochester's Visual Arts Centre, Photoville in Brooklyn, NY and a number of international art fairs.
In 2007 Richard along with photographer Natasha Heidler founded Bleach Box Photography Gallery, a platform that participates in approximately ten worldwide art fairs a year. The aim is to show powerful images created without any digital manipulation. Working with artists, they produce their work from negative in their Cambridge based darkrooms. They source the best materials to produce high-end fine art pieces, and their works are now part of many international collections.
Richard also has four books and has contributed and featured in many high profile publications. Publications Include:
• ‘Man's Ruin’ Published by Richard Heeps with the support of Arts Council England.
• ‘Rolled Out’ Published by Richard Heeps with support of BBM and Arts & Business.
• ‘Thurrock: “A Different Light”' Commissioned by Arts Generate.
• ‘FAST: Feasting on the streets of London’ commissioned by the ICA and published by Portobello Books with text by Kevin Jackson.