The latest show at Lincoln City’s Chessman Gallery takes viewers on a personal journey in pastel and pencil through the varied life of artist and illustrator Richard Laycock.
“People & Places in Pastel & Pencil” will open with a reception from 5 to 7 pm this Friday, June 14, offering light refreshments and the chance to see works inspired by Laycock’s childhood in Yorkshire, England; his time on a family farm near Eugene; and his current home at the Oregon Coast.
In capturing the reality of earth, sky and water in a picture, Laycock invites the viewer to walk down that country lane, to hear the crashing waves, to find shade under the tree.
Laycock holds a National Diploma in Design from Huddersfield College of Art in England. He was the art director at Leo Burnett Advertising and the creative director with Copping & Laycock Creative Consultants, both in London. He then moved to the US and was the creative director with Applause Group, Los Angeles. He went on to build Storyboards, Inc., which became the largest storyboard company on the West Coast, representing 50 extremely talented artists. He illustrated the Territorial Seed Catalog Covers for more than 12 years and is a member of the Oregon Society of Artists, Northwest Pastel Society and the Artists’ Studio Association in Lincoln City.
Laycock has been drawn to pencil since his art school days, loving the way pencil reduces the subject to shape and light. He enjoyed the challenge of pencil for some time, whilst owning Storyboards Inc. Then, after selling his company, he wanted to explore the challenge of pastels and to revel in a whole new world of color.
“There are endless vignettes to capture in the ever-changing conditions of Western Oregon, which are strikingly similar to the Yorkshire countryside of my English youth,” he said. “It is beautiful farmland and forest, bordered by the Pacific Ocean and the Cascade Range. I love my adopted home and hope you can see that in the way I express it on paper.”
“People & Places in Pastel & Pencil” will be on display through July 8, available to view from 10 am to 4 pm daily except Tuesdays at the Chessman Gallery, located inside the Lincoln City Cultural Center at 540 NE Hwy. 101.