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