A newly launched website is the virtual gallery for a large proportion of work done by Grantham artist and graphic designer Richard Coppin.
Richard has collated a large body of his work created over the decades to include drawings, logo designs, poetry and novels. He hopes people visiting the website will be interested in investing in his artwork and writings, but he also says the site is an amazing memoir reminding him of the prolific career he has carved out for himself over half a century.
Growing up in Balderton, the 58-year-old was never trained as an artist or illustrator. A natural with a pen or pencil in his hand, he soon realised he could make a living out of something he loved to do.
After a spell in Canada, Richard returned to the UK and developed his own graphic design business. With his wife Andrea, Richard also publishes the Grantham Now magazine which has won a Journal Business Award as well as other awards.
The father of three, who lives in Westerdale Road, Grantham, says he is proud of his latest venture. The website was produced for him by Peggy Broadley of Nanatech. He said: “I am very proud of the website. Peggy has done a magnificent job. It works very well. It is simple and easy to navigate.
He added: “It is not until you look back at what you have produced that you realise there is quite a lot of work there. It works well as a depository to keep all the work in one place.
“I hope to attract investors, people who want to invest in an original work of art.”
The chances are you are familiar with Richard’s work even if you don’t know it. He has designed logos for numerous companies and organisations in the Grantham area and has worked on brochures, designs and illustrations for them over the years. Among these are the Grantham Museum, Helen’s Flowers and the leisure centre.
Amongst his work which is clearly on view in the town are the information boards put up in various locations throughout Grantham including, St Peter’s Hill. The Conduit and St Wulfram’s Church a few years ago. He drew the Guildhall for the board in St Peter’s Hill which depicted the building in the 1960s when it sustained damage in a storm. The illustration took him six days to complete.
Another string to Richard’s bow is his writing. He has written poetry, novels and children’s books. His novel The Curse of Beckett’s Wood is available on Amazon Kindle bookstore. Richard recounts how as an 11-year-old he wrote book, Jules verne style, about the adventures of a giant steam-powered flying machine, and he illustrated it throughout. He said: “To write a story that others could be fascinated by became an alchemist’s dream for me, where the base metal was the alphabet and the emotions they could unleash the purest gold. My novel; ‘The Curse of Beckett’s Wood’ released on to the Kindle Bookstore in July 2014 is spun with such emotive word forces; the result of polishing and developing another gift over many years.”
Richard is working on another two novels he hopes to publish in 2017. They are The Girl and Read all About It.
To see Richard’s volume of work go to www.richardcoppin.co.uk.