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The Decorative Hermit and the Machine for Drawing

Maquette and drawing

The Decorative Hermit and the Machine for Drawing

Drawing and Hermit's garb

The Decorative Hermit and the Machine for Drawing

Interior of maquette

David Connor/Mark Richards

An inspiring and imaginative designer, David has an enduring interest in the Folly, both as pure decoration in 17th and 18th century gardens and in more functional, and sometimes unsettling, roles such as watchtowers.  The eye-catchers in his CV are diverse and include "Seditionaries" and "Worlds End" for Malcolm McClaren and Vivienne Westwood, and TV studios in Canary Wharf for Janet Street Porter.  He has made two collaborations with Anish Kapoor and his work features in numerous publications. 

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Mark Richards

Drawing from life and nature is the bedrock of Mark's work.  He has a particular interest in reflecting environment and mood through drawing and explores this in diverse contexts.  As a sculptor, he responds directly to specific private and public commissions and has built an international reputation for work that exhibits both cohesive composition and great beauty of form.  His work includes sculptures and portraits of The Royal Family, commemorative statues of The Gordon Highlanders in Aberdeen city centre and, most recently, the renowned hurling legend, Nickey Rackard in Wexford.  

David says of Mark, 'Whether he is drawing on his own, with others or in performance, he transmits so much of what is around him directly onto the paper.  His work is sensitive, courageous and dynamic'