Very pleased to announce that the guys from OMD have acquired the 'Canvas Music' to their top 3 song 'Souvenir' after meeting Richard in Frankfurt. Co-writer Paul Humphreys thought it was 'really cool' and fellow artist Martin Cooper 'really loved the concept and thought processes' behind the idea.

OMD's Snap UP Souvenir

Music Artists

With over 30 music artists represented at the exhibition including Depeche Mode, Coldplay, U2 Madonna, Eric Clapton,  John Lennon, Amy Winehouse, Radiohead, Snow Patrol, Yello, Shirley Bassey, Squeeze, Radiohead, The Doors, Kylie etc we were delighted that 3 of the artists turned up to view  their paintings including Karel Fialka.

Kylie For Sale !

News: Spring 2020 - new concept is available ! ​Portraits of artists like Rihanna, tennis stars Roger Federer and Serena Williams, founders Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg and many more !

The home of 'Canvas Music' - Where Art and Music meet!

'Canvas Music' Comes Alive!

After six years of work the exhibition of the 'Canvas Music' concept was unveiled to the public on September 1st, 2015 at the Ministry Halls in Gozo viewing Richard's interpretations of songs by music artists based on his unique system of six formulas. Some great press ensued including The Times and The Independent and the reaction was outstanding from an extremely acknowledgeable audience. Thanks to curator Simon Sultan Harkins for a wonderful job done.

Welcome to the website of the award winning artist Richard Bourne. Find out more about his unique 'Canvas Music' style of abstract contemporary art where he invented a system to paint any song ever written. You can also find out about his exhibitions, commissions and current news.

Contact Simon Sultana Hawkins at for any matters relating to Richard Bourne or Canvas Music.

Muse obtain 'Time Is Running Out'

Exhibition Extension

The current exhibition has been extended and transferred to the Ghajnsielem Tower for a further two weeks until 19th October due to demand & pleasingly it will include an extra 8 pieces of work including further 'Canvas Music' by Depeche Mode, U2, Nik Kershaw, Yazoo, Radiohead, Muse, Winter Moods, Airport Impressions & Amy Winehouse. 

Our first Canvas Music sale piece of 2019 is Kylie Minogue's hit single "Can't Get You Out Of My Head". Written by Cathy Dennis and Rob Davis, it is up for grabs at the end of March and a new one for us as it will probably be available on Ebay. Email us for more info at

News: June 2016. There still are original paintings from the 'Canvas Music' exhibition that are available to purchase.  Please contact us for more information at or through our European Art Representative Simon Sultana Harkins.

Muse main man Matt Bellamy has taken possession of the Canvas Music painting of 'Time Is Running Out'. The guys offered the best seats in the house to Richard and the show at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne was fantastic. Here is Richard pictured with tour manager Greg.

News: Mar 2019 - Kylie Minogue's song "Can't Get You Out Of My Head"  written by Cathy Dennis and Rob Davis goes on sale.

Richard Bourne Art

Depeche Mode Exhibition

What started out as a Depeche Mode exhibition 6 years ago expanded to such an extent that over 70 paintings of songs by over 50 music artists were available for this first 'Canvas Music' exhibition. The opening in September showcased the first 22 of these works and after two weeks another 12 pieces were added and when the exhibition was extended a further 8 pieces were unveiled to the public. Over 40 works by over 30 different artists were unveiled for the first time.  A listing of those available can be found on the gallery page.

News:  Jan 2019 - The new cover of the Depeche Mode book 'Violator - The Ultimate A&R Guide' features a Bourne Canvas Music painting of the song ''Enjoy The Silence". More information can be found on the books page.