Lostprophet Star Steps off the Stage to Unveil His Art; MUSICIAN REKINDLES LOVE FOR PAINTING TO ACCLAIM
Byline: RACHAEL MISSTEAR West Wales Editor firstname.lastname@example.org
HE'S carved out a career in an internationally successful rock band but Richard Oliver has never wanted to trade on that status to gain recognition for his artwork.
The keyboard player from Pontypridd band Lostprophets is among a handful of successful musicians who have also won acclaim as artists.
And the painter has submitted three new works for the current Winter Group Show at the Attic Gallery in Swansea's Maritime Quarter.
Oliver has been painting for years - well before the band were formed back in the early 1990s.
He follows the likes of distinguished rockers such as David Bowie, Bob Dylan and Ronnie Wood in exhibiting his paintings.
Oliver, who was born and raised in Pontypridd but now lives in Los Angeles, was shortlisted from hundreds of artists for the Welsh Artist of the Year 2012 Award in June.
He attended art college, had exhibited numerous times and was establishing himself as a notable painter before he joined his band.
The 36-year-old holds an honorary degree in fine art from the University Of West England and a masters in fine art from Cardiff Metropolitan University.
His work has also been shown at other galleries in Wales as well as at The Known Gallery in Los Angeles.
This is on top of album sales of around 3.5 million with Lostprophets.
Attic Gallery director David Roe said his talent was immediately apparent.
"Richard Oliver joined us shortly after leaving art college. We immediately recognised he was a talented painter and helped develop his career by giving him solo exhibitions and establishing an audience for his work," he said.
"By chance, he replaced a member of Lostprophets in 2001 shortly before they were discovered and signed up to Columbia records.
"They became a major touring band and have to date released five CDs. Unfortunately, his world tours meant that he had to stop painting. …