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Join us for the Weird Weekender drinks reception - Friday 27th October! October 21, 2017 12:39

Weird Weekender

Friday 27th October - Drinks Reception & Print Soirée

You are invited to join us at the fabulous Laura Lea Design gallery in Leytonstone on Friday 27th October!  We will be hosting a drinks reception from 6pm til late to celebrate the dark side of the artist collective at Laura Lea's gallery. 

There will be a special trick or treat Lucky Dip, where guests will have the chance to bag a mini original piece of my art!  I will also be showing a range of my favourite prints which will be available to purchase at the event. I am excited to be joined by new artists to the gallery, Michelle Mildenhall and Matt Mackmann with their exquisite artwork.

'You are invited to enter the weird and wonderful world of Richard Berner and friends at our gallery in leytonstone this Halloween weekend.  Richard's unique illustrations and portraiture subverts and raises a veil on normality with intricate grotesquely funny stories.' 

The gallery can be found right next to Leytonstone tube station.  It will be open throughout the weekend and work will be available to buy online. Full address:

Laura Lea Design
1 Church Lane
Leytonstone, London
E11 1HE

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Hope to see you there!

Rich :)


New 'Pier of Lost Souls' print edition available now! October 15, 2017 19:41

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'Pier of Lost Souls' was one of my first ever print runs, released a couple of years ago!  Back by popular demand, I am doing a brand new Limited Edition of 50, larger in size and lovingly hand finished with iridescent copper paint to highlight details and give a shiny rust effect.

The piece re-imagines the crumbling remains of Brighton's West Pier in all it's dark majesty.

Check out the new prints here

Rich :)

New 'Bowie' print release tomorrow! (Thursday 5th October) October 04, 2017 11:06


Excited to announce the upcoming release of my new 'Bowie' portrait prints tomorrow (Thursday 5th October) with Art Republic. The giclee prints will be 50cm x 50cm in size on luxurious Somerset Paper in a Limited Edition of just 25.  

David Bowie was a creative genius and my dad's hero.  His music was a big influence as I grew up, giving this piece special meaning to me.

The image was created with gouache and watercolour on paper, using bold brush strokes and vibrant colour to portray the iconic musician. Then professionally photographed and colour matched to give the prints the best possible likeness to the original painting.


Rich :)

Maidstone Art Market - Saturday 30th September September 26, 2017 13:52

Come say hello if you're in the Maidstone area this Saturday! I will be taking part in the annual Art Market 9am - 4pm at Market Mall (ME16 8LW).  It will be great to chance to meet and buy from work artists face to face and there is a great line-up confirmed for the event!  

I will be showing a collection of some of my favourite prints and new originals and will have some special offers on artwork for the day only!

Hope to see you there,

Rich x

Next show: Roy's People Art Fair, London July 31, 2017 07:24

Roy's People Art Fair - 14th-17th September 2017

Candid Arts Trust  |  3-5 Torrens St  |  London  |  EC1V 1NQ

Richard Berner will be showing a selection of his work at the very first Roy's People Art Fair this September.  The fair aims to give artists an alternative platform to present their work whilst also creating a unique art fair experience for visitors, allowing them to interact with the artists and buy work directly from them. 60 carefully selected artists will be showing their work.

Richard has created a range of original pieces and prints for the fair demonstrating both his surreal, fine detail illustrative work alongside his more expressive and colourful paintings. 

Click here to get your free tickets for the event.richard-berner-no-strings-roys-people-ad


Art Republic Yard Sale, Brighton June 05, 2016 11:00

Richard Berner at the art yard sale

On 5th June 2016, Richard took part in the Art Yard Sale in  Jubilee Square, Brighton.  A great event presented by Art Republic. Richard showcased a selection of exclusive and affordable original art, illustrations and hand finished prints alongside 30 other leading contemporary artists.

See more Richard Berner artwork here

Full line-up of artists at the event: Pure Evil, Eelus, Ben Eine, Sara Pope, Richard Berner, Vee Bee, Copyright, Gemma Compton, RYCA, the Strange Case Company, Maria Rivans, Bonnie and Clyde, Mike Edwards, Lucy Sparrow, Magda Archer, Carne Griffiths, The Thomas Brothers, Seb Lester, Martin Vareness-Cooke, Static, Rob Wass, Aroe, Joe Webb, Shuby, Graham Carter, Louise McNaught

Hare and Hounds - Brighton Exhibition 2016 April 11, 2016 11:00

Richard's work was chosen to feature as part of the Hare and Hounds, 2 week Brighton Exhibition in April 2016.  The Exhibition was a great success, show-casing a range of artwork and illustrations by local talent. 
In the photo: Berner's 'Proud Trooper,' 'The Pier of Lost Souls' and 'Minions of the Pavilion.' 
See more of Richard Berner's art here

Children's Book Released! 'Sheepy and the Riddle of the Occurrence' March 31, 2016 12:00


After a year in the making, the first children's book to be illustrated by Richard has been published! The book, 'Sheepy and the Riddle of the Occurrence' is a collaboration with Henrietta Williams and is the first glimpse in to the... World of Sheepy 

... a mystical, magical world, full of adventure and crazy creatures! In this story, an unlikely band of heroes, led by a ball of fluff named Sheepy, go on a gallant quest to find answers for their Chief. With danger lurking round every corner, it is their close friendship and teamwork that turns out to be their greatest defence.

The book is available to purchase online here or from all the best bookshops!


Viva Brighton - Cover Design November 01, 2015 00:00


Richard was asked to illustrate the November 2015, 'Creatures' issue of Viva Brighton magazine to tie in with the Exotic Creatures exhibition at the Brighton museum.  The exhibition was centred around the animals that used to be given to the English royals from other countries as gifts.

Richard's cover image is a play on cartoonist James Gillray's interpretation of the Prince Regent, but twisted up, replacing his head with that of a giraffe and holding a lead to his mini pet Prince George!

The issue features a 2 page spread and interview with Richard about his artwork.

See more Brighton based illustrations - Beasts of Brighton

National Drawing Competition August 30, 2015 14:38

National Express selected Richard to help launch and judge their new children's drawing competition.  Entrants were asked to draw their favourite holiday destination for the chance to see their design recreated and enlarged on the side of a National Express Coach as well as a cash prize.  The competition deadline has now passed and the winner will be announced in the coming weeks!  (Full Article Below)





Brighton artist calls on kids to ‘Colour the Coach’

Richard Berner with his coach design

A Brighton artist has been hand-selected by one of the biggest names in UK transport to launch an exciting new national children’s drawing competition offering kids the chance to get their designs seen by thousands of holidaymakers.

Local illustrator Richard Berner has been chosen by National Express to launch its ‘Colour the Coach’ competition, and he is calling on local children to pick up paper and pen to have the chance to see their design splashed across the side of a National Express airport service.

Pint-sized Picassos from locations all over the nation, including children in Sussex, are being asked to unleash their imaginations and draw a picture of their ideal holiday.

The best pictures will be created into a one-off livery and featured on one of National Express’s iconic white airport-bound coaches, at a time of year when tens of thousands of people will be travelling to the airport on holiday – ensuring maximum exposure of the masterpieces.

Each winner will also be handed a £50 cheque - enough to get their own summer holiday off to a flying start.

Richard will be judging entries from Brighton and the south of England. He kicked off the competition by designing his own one-off rendition of a National Express coach to help inspire entrants.

Professional artist, Richard, aged 30, whose work ranges from children’s book illustrations to intricate and surreal paintings takes his inspiration from the people and places of Brighton. His work, which is available online and in local art shops, includes fantastical prints of some of the town’s most famous landmarks.

He said that when it comes to picking a winner he will be looking for something out of the ordinary.

He said: “I’m so thrilled to have been selected by National Express to launch its summer drawing competition and can’t wait see all the talent Sussex has to offer. Drawing and being creative is lots of fun, I always take a sketchbook with me on my holidays. My favourite place to go on holiday is Nanuku, a beautiful tiny island in Fiji, you can walk all the way round it in half an hour and the Fijian people are lovely!”

He added: “Kids are naturally creative and I'm excited to see all the great ideas they come up with when drawing the holiday of their dreams. It’s such an exciting opportunity for kids to have their drawings seen by thousands of people and it is going to be amazing seeing the winning design on a moving canvas”

The local winner will see their picture boldly displayed on one of 56 daily services that take tens of thousands of holidaymakers from Brighton Coach Station in Pool Valley to the UK’s major airports including Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted, each year.

National Express UK Coach Managing Director Tom Stables said: “We are calling on children in Brighton to conjure up all their creativity to design an entry that wows us and inspires passengers heading away for the summer break. It would be so exciting for a local youngster to see their design roll past on a coach everyday for everyone to see.”

‘Colour the Coach’ is open to children aged 5-15 and entrants should simply draw their ideal holiday on an A4 sheet of paper using whatever drawing materials they want.

Entrants have until Monday July 27, 2015, to unlock their inner Rembrandts and send in an entry to National Express.

Entries to the competition must be landscape designs on A4 paper and need to be sent to National Express Coach Art Competition, National Express House, Mill Lane, Birmingham, B5 6DD or send a scan to

 Richard’s artwork ranges from surreal paintings to children's book illustrations and can be seen in the Art Republic gallery in Bond Street or on his website:

'Beasts of Brighton' Launch June 17, 2015 22:39

Exciting times at Berner Designs with the launch of the new site along with the new series of prints, the 'Beasts of Brighton' collection! Putting a unique twist on all things Brighton. From the Palace Pier to the infamous Royal Pavilion to the the beautiful Bandstand, each landmark was intricately illustrated and reimagined to capture the spirit of the great city.

Click the link below to check it out...

Beasts of Brighton