John Richter was born in London in 1940, studied at Cambridge and Chelsea Schools of Art, and has exhibited in the UK, Europe and the USA.
I’m a professional artist, painting mostly in oils with three basic themes:
1. Boats, Harbour, Sea and Sky. These relate to Wells-next-the-Sea, a small harbour town on the North Norfolk Coast where I live and work. London, by extension, Boats, Bridges, River and Sky.
2. Flowers. Between the cottage and studio. I walk through fields and along a sea bank. These are the wild flowers seen along the way.
3. People. Groups of people abstracted from numerous sources – markets, bus stops, shoppers.
Etcetera – I also work in water-colour, illustrate books, make wood engravings.
BOATS, HARBOUR, SEA AND SKY
Wells-next-the-Sea is a small harbour town on the North Norfolk coast. It has been the source of my inspiration. The forms have become abstracted but the message remains. How could I represent the flowing tides and the boats heading out, past the marshes and dunes, into the open sea? The little sailboat is a metaphor for the soul leaving the protection of the land for the experiences of life; its dangers, excitement and opportunities.
LONDON is portrayed through a similar vision – water, boats, bridges & sky.
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LONDON & THAMES
Walking from my cottage, across a couple of fields and a length of seabank arriving at the studio and gathering a few flowers along the way. This led to painting them; in a direct objective way, sharing their natural beauty. The summer flowers are gorgeous but so are the dried winter seeds & pods.
Groups of people from travelling and many sources – such as markets, bus stops, shoppers…
A lifetime of painting and so much more – water-colours, prints from lino-cuts & wood engraving, and illustrations for books.