Sketch Books

A Good Day to Dance. by Ricky Romain (oil and ink on paper 46cm x 44cm Private Collection
Absurd Trilogy by Ricky Romain (oil on paper 19cm x 19cm 2011)

My sketchbooks often reveal how my ideas and pre-occupations are intrinsic to my mark-making. New thoughts interplay with old obsessions, thus creating dynamic challenges during the process of composition for larger work.

I am interested in the idea of puppets (outside the usual context of childrens’ story-telling) and all the associated metaphors of string-pulling, etc.

The effigies that we create may well reveal insights about our feelings of helplessness in the midst of global turmoil?

As all my figures are symbols of humanity, rather than portraits of actual people, they could all be considered to be puppets in that sense. Dwelling on the puppet motif helps me to express ideas of feudalism, as well as master/servant relationships, the vulnerability of trafficked peoples, and the manipulation of some fundamentalist religious teachers.

‘I wanna hold your hand’ Indian ink and pastel on paper drawing by Ricky Romain
‘I wanna hold your hand’ no 2. Indian ink and pastel on paper drawing by Ricky Romain
‘Whispers and handshakes’ Indian ink and pastel on paper drawing by Ricky Romain
The Magician Indian Ink and pastel and oil pastel on paper 25cm x25cm by Ricky Romain
The sadness at Phils passing Indian Ink and oil bars on paper. 42cm x25cm by Ricky Romain
drawings during the ‘lockdown’ Indian ink on hand made paper by Ricky Romain
drawings during the ‘lockdown’ Indian ink on paper by Ricky Romain
drawings during the ‘lockdown’ Indian ink on canvas paper by Ricky Romain
‘I wanna hold your hand’ by Ricky Romain oil ind Indian ink on gesso on unsteched canvas

‘I Wanna Hold Your Hand’by Ricky Romain oil and Indian ink on unstreched canvas left panel


‘I Wanna Hold Your Hand’ by Ricky Romain oil and Indian ink on unstreched canvas right panel
Blake Echoes, by Ricky Romain (2010, pastel on paper, private collection).
Blake Echoes, by Ricky Romain. Pastel on paper (private collection).
Connected, by Ricky Romain (2009, pastel on paper, private collection).
Connected, by Ricky Romain (2009, pastel on paper, private collection).
working drawing
working drawing
Souls on Fire, by Ricky Romain (2006, pastel on paper, private collection).
Souls on Fire, by Ricky Romain (2006, pastel on paper, private collection).
Standing 1, by Ricky Romain (2008, pastel on paper, private collection).
Standing 1, by Ricky Romain (2008, pastel on paper, private collection).
Standing 2, by Ricky Romain (2008, pastel on paper, private collection).
Standing 2, by Ricky Romain (2008, pastel on paper, private collection).
Long Reach and the Daily Images, by Ricky Romain (2009, pastel on paper, private collection).
Long Reach and the Daily Images, by Ricky Romain (2009, pastel on paper, private collection).
Untitled, by Ricky Romain (2009, pastel on paper, private collection).
Untitled, by Ricky Romain (2009, pastel on paper, private collection).
The Old and Unremembered Human Heart, by Ricky Romain (2007, pastel on paper, private collection).
The Old and Unremembered Human Heart, by Ricky Romain (2007, pastel on paper, private collection).
Dancing with the green. by Ricky Romain. (oil and ink on paper 46cm x 44cm.)
Take Care of Your Heart by Ricky Roamin (oil on paper 46cm x 46cm Private Collection)
Drifting to the Centre by Ricky Romain (oil on paper. 46cm x 44cm)
Let-Them-Dream.-oil-on-paper-£350
Whispering in the Morning by Ricky Romain. (oil on paper 46cm x 46cm)
Seeking Direction by Ricky Romain (oil on paper 46cm x 44cm)
Keeping Quite by Ricky Romain (oil on paper 24cm x10cm)
Rhythm Stick by Ricky Romain (oil and ink on paper. 24cm 22cm £350)
Rhythm Stick by Ricky Romain (oil and ink on paper. 24cm 22cm) (private collection)
Here is where the silence is gathered up. by Ricky Romain (oil and pastel on paper 45cm x 45 cm)
‘Outsiders’ by Ricky Romain (oil on paprer 19cm x 19cm)
‘In the land of the blind. by Ricky Romain ( oil and ink on paper. 19cm x 19cm)
Dark Times by Ricky Romain oil on paper 19cm x 19cm (private collection)
Daily Images by Ricky Romain (oil on paper)
Invoking the Golem. by Ricky Romain ( oil on paper. 45cm x 44cm..)
Leaning to the left. by Ricky Romain (oil on paper. 69cm x 25cm Private Collection)
No Dwelling Place. by Ricky Romain (oil and ink on paper)
Uncertain Group. by Ricky Romain (oil and Indian ink on paper 19cm x 19cm.)
Unsure Group.by Ricky Romain (oil and Indian ink on paper. 19cm x 19cm. Private Collection.)
Puppets by Ricky Romain. (2008 oil, ink and pastel on paper. 20cm x 20cm Private Collection.)
Puppets by Ricky Romain. (2008 oil, ink and pastel on paper. 20cm x 20cm Private Collection.)
4 Travellers by Ricky Romain ( 2006. oil ink and pastel on paper. Private Collection)
4 Travellers by Ricky Romain ( 2006. oil ink and pastel on paper. Private Collection)
Lost in Transit 1 by Ricky Romain (oil and Indian ink on canvas, 67cm x 21 cm. Private Collection)
Lost in Transit 2. by Ricky Romain (oil and Indian ink on canvas. 67cm x 21cm. Private Collection)
Lost in Transit 3 by Ricky Romain (oil and Indian ink on canvas. 67cm x 25cm Private Collection)
Lost in Transit 4. by Ricky Romain (oil and Indian ink on canvas. Private Collection)
Leaning to the left. by Ricky Romain (oil on paper. 69cm x 25cm Private Collection)
Cut Outs by Ricky Romain Indian Ink and oil paint on gesso on canvas 2014
Cut Outs by Ricky Romain Indian Ink and oil paint on gesso on canvas 2014 (private collection)
Cut out 2 by Ricky Romain Indian ink on Gesso on canvas 2014
Cut out 2 by Ricky Romain Indian ink on Gesso on canvas 2014
Cut out 3 by Ricky Romain Indian ink on gesso on canvas 2013
Cut out 3 by Ricky Romain Indian ink on gesso on canvas 2013
Cut out 4 by Ricky Romain. Indian ink on Gesso on canvas 2013.
Cut out 4 by Ricky Romain. Indian ink on Gesso on canvas 2013.
Cut out 5 by Ricky Romain. Indian ink on gesso on canvas 2015
Cut out 5 by Ricky Romain. Indian ink on gesso on canvas 2015 private collection)
Cut out 6 by Ricky Romain. Indian ink on Gesso on Canvas 2015.
Cut out 6 by Ricky Romain. Indian ink on Gesso on Canvas 2015.
Tuning by Ricky Romain. oil and Indian Ink on gesso on unstreched canvas. 190cm x 150cm
Tuning by Ricky Romain. oil and Indian Ink on gesso on unstreched canvas. 190cm x 150cm
 detail Tuning by Ricky Romain. oil and Indian Ink on gesso on unstreched canvas.
detail Tuning by Ricky Romain. oil and Indian Ink on gesso on unstreched canvas.
detail 2 Tuning by Ricky Romain. oil and Indian Ink on gesso on unstreched canvas.
detail 2 Tuning by Ricky Romain. oil and Indian Ink on gesso on unstreched canvas.
detail 3 Tuning by Ricky Romain. oil and Indian Ink on gesso on unstreched canvas.
detail 3 Tuning by Ricky Romain. oil and Indian Ink on gesso on unstreched canvas.
drawing from ‘Lost Voices’ by Ricky Romain. Indian ink on gesso on canvas
drawing from ‘Lost Voices’ by Ricky Romain Indian ink on gesso on canvas
drawing from ‘Lost Voices’ by Ricky Romain Indian ink on gesso on canvas
drawing from ‘Lost Voices’ by Ricky Romain indian ink on gesso on canvas
From the meeting with Mathew Emmett by Ricky Romain page from one of my sketch books.
From the meeting with Mathew Emmett by Ricky Romain page from one of my sketch books.

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