Random Art Strategies was invented by Bourne in 2009 and its idea was for the general public to become involved with different paintings by participating in art through Bourne's innovative random creations.
The first of these paintings titled 'Abseiling Into A Sea Of Colour' saw Bourne choosing numbers and colours at random and didn't involve any other contributors but it did invoke the first steps into a strategy of random art. Nevertheless the thought processes behind the painting saw it win the 2007 Caravaggio Award and is one of the few pieces Bourne has produced in oil much preferring the medium of acrylic overall.
'Abseiling Into A Sea Of Colour' Oil on Canvas 2007. Bourne's combinational transition between op art territory and the first attempts toward random art would lay the foundations for 'Random Art Strategies' in 2009 and the monumental Art Biennale award winning 'Live Life Connections'.
By early 2009 Bourne was introduced to the celebrated English artist Moich Abrahams (now 81) who has been with the illustrious London Group since 1975. 'I love your work' exclaimed Moich, 'Far more commercial and accessible than my Miro styled work. But... you should make the paintings bigger', you need to sock it to the people. imagine it on the wall behind their settees'.
That was the trigger for Bourne and he decided to produce the first painting of the year introducing members of the general public at random to choose a colour and a number from two different bags. The first venture into 'Random Art Strategies' with the public participating and taking on the advice of Moich Abrahams and painting much larger canvases.
'I think Moich was expecting me to increase size from 60cm square to about a metre square so he got a shock when the first one I painted was 2.5 metre square.' recounted Richard.
This ensuing piece titled ''A Row Between Next Door Neighbours Can Prove Fatal' was pivotal in the exploration of canvas space and Bourne's development as an artist and took four months to complete. So the following piece in the summer of 2009 saw Bourne win the prestigious International Art Biennale Award for his 2.25 metre square painting 'Live Life Connections'. This was a truly innovative idea and incorporated 68 people from Malta onto a 2.25 metre square canvas with each person randomly choosing their own square and colour from two hats. The work also included three elements of Maltese cultural emblems incorporated into the painting to showcase the broad colours of Malta as a whole and the piece is a tribute to the islands.
On the left Richard Bourne receives the 2009 International Art Biennale Award from Dame Françoise Tempra at the Manoel Theatre in Valletta. The winning painting 'Live Life Connections' can be seen in the background in part.