A new exhibit called “People & Places In Pastel & Pencil,” by Richard Laycock, will be opening today (Friday) at the Chessman Gallery, located inside the Lincoln City Cultural Center at 540 NE Highway 101 in Lincoln City.
Laycock’s artwork follows his personal journey in pastel and pencil from his boyhood home of Yorkshire, England, through his time on a family farm near Eugene, to his present day on the Oregon coast. In capturing the reality of earth, sky and water in a picture, he invites the viewer to walk down that country lane, to hear the crashing waves, to find shade under the tree.
This exhibit will open with a reception today, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Chessman Gallery. It will be on display through July 8.
Laycock holds a national diploma in design from Huddersfield College of Art in England. He was the art director at Leo Burnett Advertising in London and the creative director with Copping & Laycock Creative Consultants in London. He then moved to the U.S. and was the creative director with Applause Group, Los Angeles, and then went on to build his own storyboard company in Venice, Calif. Storyboards, Inc. became the largest on the West Coast, representing 50 talented artists. Laycock 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, Lincoln City.
Laycock has enjoyed creating with pencil since his art school days, loving the way it reduces the subject to shape and light, which color often masks. Later in his career, 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,” Laycock 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 can also view Laycock’s work online at www.richardlaycockstudio.com.