Richard Bull Bio

Artist, designer, publisher of fine tomes, Richard’s work always amazes, from his mind bending oils, to his beautiful books. A graduate of the Chelsea School of Art and founder of Yacht Associates, Richard is an award winning designer who has been prolific in the field of art direction for the music industry. His oils include the series ‘Waves I seem to Recall’ and ‘Waves I will Never Know’.

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What’s your connection to the sea? What drew you to the sea and why surfing?
Summers through the 70’s and early 80’s were spent in an l caravan at the Witterings on the South Coast – A fickle wave, but it can surprise.
Surf boards we’re the stuff of fables on that stretch of coastine, so if something floated, we’d try and surf it, usually an inflatable with ‘Not for use in the sea’ printed on it.
Soon as the law let me drive my younger brother and I would head west out of London, 400+ mile trips weekend after weekend, Thursday’s weather after the 9 o’clock news and quick call to Surfline on Friday and plans were hatched.
The why’s and wherefores of surfing come down to just getting so hooked life resolved around it, I used to step into the sea and the land and all it’s complications where left behind me. I used to call it ‘Going to Church’.

When and why did you get into Art?
Only thing that ever made sense to me really, again as a child it was always where I knew I’d end up, all my ‘O’ & ‘A’ levels read “Art, Design, Design Technology’ etc.
the proceeding time at Chelsea School of Art I protracted to 5 years – I knew what I was doing and where I’d be all the way through.

What piece of your work are you most proud of?
I’m not sure I’ve created it yet, maybe I never will? – but that’s the driving force. Keep learning. Looking back thus far, I guess the recent ‘Voyager’ work is not far from my thoughts, it’s a work that’s sending me down my current path – so for that I’m fond of it. Retrospectively the music industry work that made it into the Taschen books or that found some acclaim in those periodicals like Arena, I-D, Creative Review etc. It gave credence to that particular work’s aims. They we’re heady times too – the industries pockets were still deep which helped the fantastical come alive.

Who do you most admire?
Close to home, I had pioneering grandparents – wild west stuff in Ecuador after WWI on one side and ‘dig in for the blitz spirit’ on the other in WWII. Folks made of the kind of stuff that’s been lost to modern life. As for surf hero’s – Occy’s always been up there for me, his comeback was like some kind of uber reinforcement that he was worthy, loved he achieved that – ‘a Cinderella story’. Other guys… I guess it’s the ones I’ve met that were ‘real’. Nat Young was super nice. I visited Skip Frye and Hank Warner at Harrys in PB about 20 years ago – genuinely sound humans those two.

What would be your dream session? 
When I was a teenager I figured I surf Pipe one day, then I paddled out a Blacks and got pounded, so I adjusted my perspective a click or two.
I wouldn’t mind re-living a few solo surfs at Punta Mita, not a soul out, just me and the locals diving for abalone. Before the highway went in and the Four Seasons
spoilt the view. What would I surf? 9ft triple stringer, hardly any rocker and 50/50 rails, slip, slide, slip, slide. A perspective adjusted.