• Travis Rice - The Art of Flight

    Professional Snowboarder Travis Rice with a big old powder turn while filming for The Art of Flight snowboard film.

  • New York Skyline

    A large canvas created for a 2011 exhibition in New York at the Agora Gallery.

  • The Saulire

    The Saulire - A fantastic and beautiful mountain in the heart of The Three Valleys.

  • Playing Piano

    Freeing your imagination through the freedom of music.

  • Aysgarth Falls

    Aysgarth Falls - Watercolour painted on location in the Yorkshire Dales following the JMW Turner Trail.

  • Dobson and Murray Wedding
    Dobson and Murray Wedding

    Wedding Commissions - A painting is the perfect Wedding Gift.

  • Sequence

    Parkour Sequence - Amazing athletes playing on mans creations.

York Based British painter Richard Stuttle isolates the intense, fleeting beauty of extreme sports in superbly crisp, spectacular and often-vertiginous oil compositions. From pristine slopes in the French Alps, where he spends winters painting and snowboarding, to gritty city streets where he follows skateboarders and parkour practitioners, Stuttle alternates between nearly photographic hyperrealism and a vividly lit and stylised aesthetic evocative of Expressionist woodblock prints.

Both approaches suggest passionate reverence for athletes. When meticulously detailed, his paintings pay tribute to the perfected physical and mental conditioning of contemporary athletes in a manner similar to classical Greek sculpture. In the comparatively more dramatic urban scenes, the silhouetted sportsmen become mysterious creatures more akin to superheroes.

In both cases, Stuttle foregrounds the sublime rush of sports like skiing and surfing, transferring their surge of adrenaline to gripping tableaux. Figures are perfectly composed yet simultaneously on the verge of losing control.