Paintings and Drawings
Richard III by Amanda Edmunds
I was inspired by the events in Leicester when Richard was found. I have since learnt more about him, and also his side of the story. Therefore I felt the need to paint him, using pictures of the Greyfriar's skull, reconstructed head and traditional portraits for reference, adding a little of my own to it to make him appear slightly gracile yet powerful. I hope I have bestowed upon him some grace that he deserves.
Richard III by Evelin Lang
15th century north-west Europe: if I believed in the pre- or after life, I would presume I was living then and there (though I was born and grew up in central Europe).
Since I was 14 (33 years ago), this period of time and space thrilled me through medieval paintings. My Diploma of the “History of clothing in the 15th century north-west Europe” was received in 1985, in the Novi Sad secondary school of Arts and Design. I paint portraits in the past 10 consecutive years, in Johannesburg.
The finding of Richard III remains in Leicester inspired me to paint him, after the forensic facial reconstruction. Having an enormous respect for the people involved in this remarkable archaeological occurrence, I followed the event on the internet and I was stunned by the professionalism and enthusiasm of everyone involved.
Great determination, as driving force behind all attempts is resulting in the most remarkable episodes in history. As the discovery of the resting place of the lost medieval king will be remembered for hundreds of years to come, I salute every individual who got inspired to create an art work, to celebrate this impressive period in the human civilization.
Richard III by Philip Jacques
'One day I found myself doodling on some paper and eventually the drawing became Richard III. I had been closely following my former University's search and discovery of the controversial monarch as I have always been fascinated by his two-year reign. As a child growing up in Leicester, I regularly visited Bosworth Battlefield and always enjoyed drawing knights and soldiers. The controversy and mystery of Richard III has always captured my imagination so I decided to have a go at drawing him...'
Graffiti of Richard III wearing cricket whites on Clarence Street, Leicester in 2013.