Ray Richardson

Born in 1964 - United Kingdom

BIOGRAPHY

Born in 1964, Ray Richardson lives and works in Woolwich (S.E. London).

Ray Richardson paints everyday life scenes based from his own experience: his native area of South-East London, travel memories or personal concerns expressed through his emblematic double, an English Bull Terrier. Mixing humour, drama and social critic, his painting tells vignettes of life, from childhood to adulthood, which often echo to soul music.

Richardson shapes this material by combining “the traditional stuff of painting with the cinematic ways of looking at things”: close-up, use of shadow and elongated horizontal formats. Nicknamed the “Martin Scorsese of figurative painting”, his painted snapshots immortalise urban pantomime.

His sophisticated compositions refer to both pictorial tradition (Hogarth, Hopper British littoral landscapes, abstract expressionism) and contemporary cultures (American street photography, film noir movies, James Ellroy novels, mods subculture). His narrative painting depicts a whole social panorama with its own culture.

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EXHIBITIONS

SOLO SHOWS

2014
"The Jack Lord", Ben Oakley Gallery, London
"I Get Along", Boycott Gallery, Brussels
2012
"Keep The Faith", The Drawing Schools, Eton College
"Everything Is Everything", Beaux Arts London, London
"Homecookin'", Boycott Gallery, Brussels
"London’s Top Dog", Ben Oakley Gallery, London
2011
"Londons No. One", Ben Oakley Gallery, London
"L'ironie du Sort", Boycott Gallery, Brussels
2009
"Southern Comfort", Boycott Gallery, Brussels
"Music For Pleasure", Galerie Alain Blondel, Paris
"With A Little Pinch Of London", Advanced Graphics, London
2006
"Leftfield", Eleven Fine Art, London
"Rare Prints", Advanced Graphics, London
"A to Z", Boycott Gallery, Brussels
2005
"Ordinary People", New Arts Gallery, Connecticut
"An English Phenomenon", Mendenhall Sobieski Gallery, Los Angeles
"Not A Lot To Do", Boycott Gallery, Brussels
"Lazy Sunday", Gallagher and Turner, Newcastle upon Tyne
2004
"Days Like These", Fabien Fryns Gallery, Marbella
"Storyville", Advanced Graphics, London
2003
"Short Stories", Galerie Alain Blondel, Paris
"Views From My Island", Boycott Gallery, Brussels
"Absolute Richardson", Gallagher and Turner, Newcastle upon Tyne
2002
"All Around The World", Fabien Fryns Gallery, Marbella
"A London Film", Advanced Graphics, London
2001
"Out Of Town", Boycott Gallery, Brussels
2000
"London Calling", Boycott Gallery, Brussels
"Jigsaw Puzzle", Galerie Alain Blondel, Paris
1999
"MFSB", Beaux Arts Gallery, London
1998
"Tender Moments", Boycott Gallery, Brussels
"The Circus Comes To Town", Galerie Alain Blondel, Paris
"In Search Of A New Land", Mendenhall Gallery, Los Angeles
"The Morcambe And Wise Show", Glasgow Print Studio
1996
"One Man On A Trip", Beaux Arts Gallery, London
"The Luckiest Man In Two Shoes", Galerie Alain Blondel, Paris
Miami Art Fair, Beaux Arts Gallery
1995
"The Last Laughers", Boycott Gallery, Brussels
1994
"Oostenders", Beaux Arts Gallery, London
Galerie Alain Blondel, Paris
1993
"Eastenders", Hunt Jennings Gallery, London
Beaux Arts Gallery, Bath
1992
"Good Old England", Boycott Gallery, Brussels
"Coals To Newcastle", Glasgow Print Studio
"The Odd Man Out", Galerie Alain Blondel, Paris
Art LA, Los Angeles
Lineart, Ghent, Beaux Arts Gallery
1991
Art LA, Los Angeles
Beaux Arts Gallery, Bath
1990
"The Sporting Life", Galerie 31, Lille
1989
"The Cat In The Hat", Boycott Gallery, Brussels
1985
Greenwich Theatre, London


GROUP SHOWS

2015
"LinolCut", Paul Stolper Gallery, London
"Kevin Foursands", Ben Oakley Gallery, London
The Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Prize, London
"REALITY: Modern and Contemporary British Painting", Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
2014
"REALITY: Modern and Contemporary British Painting", Sainsbury’s Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich
RA Summer Exhibition - Royal Academy, London
"Kevin Threesauds Room To Let", Ben Oakley Gallery, London
2012
BP Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery, London
"Never Promised Poundland", No Format Gallery, London
2013
"The Dog and Crow", Ben Oakley Gallery, London
"Kevin Threesauds", Ben Oakley Gallery, London
2011
"Little Pictures", Advanced Graphics London, London
2010
"Collectors Prints", Bohun Gallery, Henley on Thames
"Collectors Prints", Bohun Gallery, Henley on Thames
Advanced Graphics London, Caterham School, Surrey
"London Calling", Gallagher and Turner, Newcastle upon
2008
"Discerning Eye", Mall Galleries, London
Painter-Printmakers from Advanced Graphics London, Eton Drawing Schools, Windsor
2007
Prints from Advanced Graphics London, Deutsche Bank, London
2006
"Made in England", Prints from Advanced Graphics London, Original Print Gallery, Dublin
"Prints from Advanced Graphics London", Friend’s Room, Royal Academy of Arts, London
2004
"Buon Natale", Advanced Graphics London
2003
"Hitch", Glasgow Print Studio, Glasgow
"ARTfutures 2003", Contemporary Art Society, London
"Prints from Advanced Graphics London", West Cork Arts Centre, Skibbereen
2002
"England Away" (with Mark Hampson), Gallery Aoyama & Laforet Museum, Tokyo
"Sense and Form", Consument Art 2002, Nuremberg
2001
"Impressions of the 20th Century: Fine Art Prints from the V&A Collection", V&A, London
1999-2010
"New Publications", Advanced Graphics London
1999
"OKUK" (with Mark Hampson), Gallery Aoyama & Laforet Museum, Tokyo
1998
"Short Series: British Contemporaries", Trinity Art Centre, Tunbridge Wells, Kent
"Yellow", Advanced Graphics London
"Contemporary Prints from Advanced Graphics London", Roger Billcliffe Fine Art, Glasgow
Summer Show, Gallagher and Turner, Newcastle upon Tyne
"British Sporting Heroes", National Portrait Gallery, London
1997-2010
London Art Fair, London, Advanced Graphics London
AAF 10, London, Advanced Graphics London
Contemporary Print Show, London, Advanced Graphics London
London Original Print Fair, London, Advanced Graphics London
Art on Paper, London, Advanced Graphics London
Glasgow Art Fair, Glasgow, Advanced Graphics London
20/21 British Art Fair, Advanced Graphics London
The Print Fair, New York, Advanced Graphics London
Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London
1997
Chicago Art Fair, Beaux Arts
"30 Years of Printmaking", Berkeley Square Gallery, London
"Animals in Art", Blue Cross Charity touring exhibition, London; Brighton; Preston
1996
Kunstler Sonderbund, Berlin, Galerie Alain Blondel
1995-1997
"Artists Of Fame & Promise", London, Beaux Arts Gallery
1994
"Beaux-Arts Collections", Beaux Arts Gallery, London
1993
RA Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London
1993-1995
Salon de Mars, Paris, Galerie Alain Blondel
Lineart, Ghent, Beaux Arts Gallery
FIAC, Paris, Galerie Alain Blondel
1991-1998
Contemporary Art Fair, London, Beaux Arts Gallery
1990
BP Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery, London
1988
"John Player Portrait Award", National Portrait Gallery, London

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