A landscape painter specialising in native trees and woodland, Richard seeks to capture the character and atmosphere of particular places in all weathers and seasons.

He is an invited member of The Arborealists, a national group of artists whose work focuses on trees. The Arborealists recently released a film in partnership with woodland ecologist George Peterken about Lady Park Wood and our work there in 2016.

Richard is resident artist with Herefordshire Wildlife Trust and is currently working on a second project, Treescapes of Herefordshire.

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Drawing in Lady Park Wood - October 2017

Richard says about his work:
I have always loved our native trees and woodland. Trees are extraordinary living beings, each with their own presence and character, and it lifts my spirits to be among them. My work focuses on specific places, mostly in the border country near my Herefordshire studio.

My aim is to convey the joy of being among trees, and to capture moments when a scene is transformed by particular conditions of light and weather. Working outdoors throughout the year, I find deep pleasure in solitude, concentrated study and encounters with wildlife. I make sketches, notes and take many photos, but it is often the non-visual sensations and experiences that become most significant back in the studio. A single outdoor day generates several weeks of experimental studio work, and many paintings end up on the bonfire!

I am acutely aware of how much woodland we have lost and continue to lose to development, pollution, disease and neglect, and I hope my work might in some way inspire others to value and protect what we still have. As well as supporting Herefordshire Wildlife Trust I am a member of the Woodland Trust and signatory to their Tree Charter.
Richard studied fine art at Hereford College of Arts and the University of Gloucestershire (Cheltenham School of Art), graduating with first class honours in 2008. His studio is at the Print Shed.

Richard exhibits in England and Wales in public and commercial galleries, and has been represented locally by the Apple Store Gallery since its inception in 2005.

The contemplative element within Richard’s approach reflects his Christian faith, and he has explored religious themes more explicitly. In 2010 he was artist-in-residence in the St Weonards Benefice during Lent and in 2012 he contributed to the Stations of the Cross exhibition in Discoed. In 2013 Richard was invited to create a new work for Risen! Art of the Crucifixion & Eastertide shown at the Piano Nobile in London followed by Monnow Valley Arts and featuring the well known Methodist Modern Art Collection. Richard’s watercolour, The Empty Tomb, was purchased by this Collection.


Shortlisted for international Adrian Henri Prize for poetry in art, 2013
Winner of student award - Miniworks Exhibition, The Courtyard, Hereford 2007
Winner of student award - Artistree Open Exhibition, Ledbury 2005
National finalist - Edexcel Achievement Awards 2002

Lady Park Wood - collaboration between the renowned woodland ecologist, George Peterken, and The Arborealists

The Observer, The New Review, 31st Dec 2017 p.28 Bark with Plenty of Bite by Rachel Cooke including image of Richard’s watercolour ‘Hazel Whipped by Autumn Wind’
Woodland Trust publication, I’m Standing Up for our Ancients, Oct 2017, all illustrations are of Richard Bavin’s paintings
The Arborealists: The Art of Trees 2017, Plato-Beale Productions - catalogue with double page on my work
Welsh Border Life, Aug 2017, Inspired by the Country: Woodland Paintings by Richard Bavin by Matthew Pike
The Arborealists: The Art of the Tree; 2016, Sansom & Company - double page with images on my art practice

Methodist Modern Art Collection

The Arborealists
Hon. President of Herefordshire Painting Club - plein air painters

Solo & Joint Shows
Lea & Paget’s Wood - Aug 2017, Apple Store Gallery, Hereford
Exploring Herefordshire - Aug 2015, Apple Store Gallery, Hereford
Brecon Beacons: sleet, snow and sunshine - Aug 2013, Apple Store Gallery, Hereford (with Maggie Banks)
Painting the Landscape - Jul-Aug 2013, Artists Studio, Monnow Valley Arts, Herefordshire (solo)
Orchard’s Seasons - Oct 2011, invited joint show, Apple Store Gallery
Spirit of Place - Jul 2011, The Bleddfa Centre, Powys (solo)
A Herefordshire Wood - Sep 2008, Apple Store Gallery (featured artist)
Trees & Water - Jul-Aug 2005, Apple Store Gallery (featured artist)

Selected Group Shows
Side by Side (The Arborealists & St Ives Society of Artists) - Sep-Nov 2018, St Ives
h.Art Open Studios - annual, Sep, The Print Shed with public art events
Artist Showcase - Sep 2018, Canwood Gallery, Herefordshire
The Arborealists - Jul-Aug 2018, John Davies Gallery, Moreton-in-Marsh
The Arborealists - Jul-Sep 2018, Black Swan Arts, Frome
The Arborealists in Lady Park Wood - May-Sep 2018, Monmouth Museum
The Arborealists - Dec-Jan 2018, Art Bermondsey Project Space, London
The Arborealists - Jul 2017, Les Dortoirs des Moins, Poitiers
Into the Woods - Jul 2017, Chapel Gallery, Bromyard
Ewyas Harold Festival of Arts - May 2017, Ewyas Harold, guest artist
The Arborealists - Apr-May 2017, Nature in Art, Twigworth
Picturing Faith - Jan-Apr 2017, Methodist Modern Art Collection @ Canterbury Cathedral
Forty Days, Forty Artists - Mar - Apr 2017, Discoed, mid Wales
y gallery caerffili - Dec 2016 - my work featured in Christmas Show
The Arborealists - Aug 2016, Westonbirt Arboretum
Crickhowell Open - Summer 2016 & 2014, Oriel CRiC, Crickhowell
The Arborealists - Apr-Jun 2016, St Barbe, Lymington
Under Welsh Skies - Feb-Mar 2014, invited show, Oriel CRiC, Crickhowell
Adrian Henri Prize: poetry in art - Apr 2013, Twenty Twenty Gallery, Much Wenlock, 30 artists shortlisted from 253 entries
Risen! - Mar-Apr 2013, Piano Nobile, London followed by
Art of Crucifixion & Eastertide - Monnow Valley Arts, Herefordshire, featuring Methodist Church Collection of Modern Christian Art e.g. Patrick Heron and Graham Sutherland alongside 15 invited contemporary artists
Stations of the Cross - Lent 2012, invited group show, Discoed
Orchard Odyssey - Apr 2011 invited show, Apple Store Gallery
Heritage Orchards - Sep 2010 invited show, Apple Store Gallery
Treescapes - Jan-Apr 2010 six artists, Barker Gallery, Pontypool
The Wickton Creative - Sep 2009, 2010 invited show, Stoke Prior
This Fragile Earth - Jul-Aug 2009 invited show, Monmouth
h.Art Open Exhibition - Sep 2005 selected showcase exhibition, Hereford
The Thin Line - Oct-Dec 2004 selected show, Barker Gallery, Pontypool
Framed Work for the Future - Nov 2003 showcase, Pittville Gallery, Cheltenham
Emerging Young Artists - Feb 2003 national selected exhibition, Birmingham

Herefordshire Wildlife Trust - currently artist-in residence
Nature in Art - April 2015 & May 2012, 1 week residencies by invitation
Drawing the Light - Mar 2010, St Weonards Benefice, Herefordshire
Experimental Drawing - Jul 2007, Bleddfa Centre, Powys
Creative Roots - Jun 2006, Bleddfa Centre, Powys
Art & The Spirit - Jul 2005, Bleddfa Centre, Powys
Art in the Woods - Sep 2004, devised and project managed woodland art trail featuring 50 artists at Queenswood Arboretum
Outdoor Labyrinth - 1ç000, led community project to raise funds and create a full-sized replica of the medieval labyrinth in Chartres Cathedral, Lower Hutt, New Zealand