Ray Richardson

Born in 1964, he 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 an 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.


Selected recent solo and group exhibitions

2016      You Caught Me Smilin' Again, Zedes Art gallery, Brussels

              The Outer Limits, Galerie Clairefontaine, Luxembourg

              London Soul, Beaux Art Gallery, London

2015      REALITY: Modern and Contemporary British Painting, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

2014      REALITY: Modern and Contemporary British Painting, Sainsbury’s Centre for Visual Arts,


2012      Everything Is Everything, Beaux Arts London, London

2009      With A Little Pinch Of London, Advanced Graphics, London

2001      Impressions of the 20th Century: Fine Art Prints from the V&A Collection, V&A, London

Selected Press

Turps Banana Our Side of the Water - Marcus Harvey on Ray Richardson

James Ellroy's response was that most art was shit except for Ray Richardson's

The Times Giles Sutherland

Celebration and joy in a gritty close-up of imperfection

Mayfair Times Sinead Cranna

Richardson goes raw

Big Issue North Preview: Reality – Modern and Contemporary British Painting

Major twentieth century artists, each showing the stuff of real life, form a new exhibition in Liverpool. Richard Smirke talks to the curator who turned a pipe dream into Reality

Wall Street International Fresh start
Culture 24 Ben Miller

Writing in the catalogue for this dynasty of pithy portraits, Jack Auerbach suggests Ray Richardson - a purveyor of a “proud and pugnacious” London with “big skies and secret deals” – could claim membership of an esteemed lineage.

News shopper Nikki Jarvis

Man's best friend stars in artist Ray Richardson's new exhibition London's Top Dog

The Independent Iain Gale

Richardson's concern is not, like Howson, the grandiose, Hogarthian set-piece allegory - but an Impressionist-like storybook narrative redolent of the cinema of David Lynch and at times, Jean-Luc Godard.