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JOHN RIDGEWELL (1937 - 2004)

A QUIET SURREALIST

Private Views:

Saturday 30 June 11am - 3pm and Saturday 7 July 11am - 3pm

The exhibition continues until 21 July

John Ridgewell (1937-2004), was an Essex native, who studied alongside David Hockney and R.B. Kitaj at the Royal College of Art, before leaving to become a professional artist and occasional tutor. From an early, successful show at the New Arts Centre in 1962 (from which the Government Collection bought Deserted Harbour) Ridgewell exhibited widely during his lifetime. He and his family moved around England, from Yorkshire to Suffolk, via Dorset, his surroundings creeping into and influencing his paintings. From the gestural, heavier treatment of paint in his student days, inspired by the solid clay cliffs of the Yorkshire coast, his works became lighter in terms of colour, but more intensely intricate in their subject matter. Their delicacy was built up with brushes and a palette knife, and one can see the marks of his working in the paint itself....

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Illustrated left:

Doors to nos. 8 and 7, Richmond, 1984, oil on canvas, 91 x 71.5 cm

The Gallery is open during exhibitions from Thur - Sat, 10am - 3pm and at other times by appointment