Ricky has been an artist for nearly 45 years. He initially began exploring his Jewish identity, using imagery from traditional Jewish texts as inspiration during this time his work was selected along with Ben Shahn, Picasso, Chagall, and Frances Bacon, to be included in The Bible In 20century Art published by Pagoda Press.
He works with pigments and glazes that he mixes himself. Latterly he uses Indian ink, paint and gesso-primed canvases to create a surface that can be scratched into.*
For the last nineteen years he has become preoccupied with humanitarian causes, exploring imagery connected to contemporary human rights issues, exhibiting in many galleries throughout the South West, nationally and internationally. His work has also been exhibited at the chambers of notable human rights barristers (Tooks Chambers – chambers of Michael Mansfield QC, and Matrix Chambers, London) and at the International Secretariat of Amnesty International, and at the European Council of Human Rights building in Strasburg.
He recently received Arts Council funding for a collaborative exhibition of paintings film and text collaborating with filmmaker Robert Golden and Heather Fallows entitled Marking Injustice- A Painter’s Way Of Coping
Ricky is a classically trained sitar player and performs throughout the South West and nationally.
Ricky’s work has been the focus for a number of educational and community projects, locally and nationally, often working with Heather Fallows. It has also been used in numerous academic publications.
Heather Fallows is a free-lance artist who works with a variety of materials, and ‘found’ objects. She is interested in the origin of language and the genesis of its meaning and formulation, and often uses her own poetry, and poetry from the cannon of world literature, to inspire her work. She often focuses on human rights issues to create assemblages and text inspired works. She has also created a number of commissioned original hand-made books.
Heather has recently worked with DAISI (Devon Arts In Schools Initiative) as a lead artist for ‘ArtEffect: supporting young people’s emotional health and wellbeing’.
Heather usually acts as curator/administrator for Ricky Romain’s exhibitions and projects, selecting work, designing the exhibition layout, and publicity material, creating text, and organising accompanying events.
For many years Heather Fallows and Ricky Romain ran their own art gallery in Axminster, supported by Dartington College, showing single exhibitions of their own and other artists’ work. They have worked on a series of educational and community projects, throughout the country, often using Human Rights issues to inform participants’ artwork.