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Richard Bawden NEAC RE RWS

About

Artist Statement

Richard Bawden is a painter and printmaker. He is also a designer, whose work includes book illustration, posters, murals, mosaics, textiles, engraved glass, furniture and cast iron seats (for which he cut the patterns himself). His paintings are drawn from life, and as a printmaker he works predominantly in etching and lino. He is attracted by atmosphere, oddity, pattern and the strangely austere, which he finds in the world around him. Richard lives in Suffolk, and is frequently drawn to the Suffolk Coast to paint and to create prints.

Method of Working

All Richard’s work starts with drawing: quickly in a sketchbook, a carefully considered watercolour, an imaginative design for a print or often ‘just a scribble’ of a cat. His method of working is not always a logical sequence to realize an idea from within his imagination: much time is spent thinking through how to capture the spirit of the work he is creating. For painting, he usually draws a grey line with a dip pen, over which he lays colour; always paying attention to detail whether it is architectural, boats, plants or an interior. His linocuts are very disciplined with everything worked out before he takes up his Stanley knife to start cutting. Etching is complex; a freely drawn line, aquatint and deeply bitten areas on the plate, creating atmosphere with contrasts and texture. When printing he mixes all his own inks from jars of coloured pigment.

 

Biographical Details

1985 Moved to Suffolk and married Hattie (Harriet Rose). Working full time as a painter and printmaker. Painted murals in four Suffolk restaurants, designed cast iron furniture and completed engraved glass commissions for two Essex churches.
1963-85 Commissions for illustrations, posters & graphic work, part time teaching, a frequent exhibitor at the RA Summer show and many exhibitions of his own work
1963 Married Jean Stanley; two children (Philip 1964, Louise 1965)
1950-1962 Educated at Bryanston School, Chelsea School of Art, St Martin’s and the Royal College of Art (Graphic Design and Printmaking)

Other Society Memberships

Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers (elected 1981), Royal Watercolour Society (elected 1995), Gainsborough's House Print Workshop (chair 1983-1991)

Scholarships, Awards & Prizes

Four printmaking prizes at Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers Spring exhibitions

Past Exhibitions

2016 Fry Art Gallery - 80th birthday retrospective 
2013 Bircham Gallery, Holt. Special exhibition for their 25th anniversary. Also regular exhibitions over the previous 25 years
2000 & 2010 Fry Art Gallery
2007, 2005 Chappel Gallery
1996 Gainsborough’s House. 60th birthday exhibition with Richard Batterham
1991, 94 Galerie Latteman, Darmstadt
1980 Germany Heidelberg

Publications

Contributor to RWS & RE books: 'The Watercolour Expert' (2004); 'Watercolour Masters - Then and Now' (2006); 'Printmaker’s Secrets' (2009); 'Watercolour Secrets' (2014)
‘Richard Bawden: His Life and Work’ (Malcolm Yorke, Fleece Press, 2016) ISBN 9780993498503 & 9780993498510