Rob Ritchie paints vibrant and beautifully textured fruits in simple yet powerful compositions.
Robert was born in London, and from a very young age, he had an interest in art and was always painting and drawing. His painting remained a hobby until 1993, at age 27, when he decided to make it my full-time career.
Robert has had no formal training and is completely self-taught. He has continually worked at improving and refining his skill in painting over many years, & continue to do so. His painting career started with a solo exhibition in Richmond, London, then went on to sell his work on the famous railings at Green Park, Piccadilly.
After relocating from London to Herefordshire in 2003, he expanded into selling to galleries. Purchases have blossomed and led to a successful career, with galleries eager to stock his work. He spent some time in the field of miniaturism, and exhibitions in London have been received with sell-out shows of these miniature paintings, which has earned some recognition and special awards from London galleries, the Royal Miniature Society, the Hilliard Society of Miniaturists and the Florida Miniature Art Society, with his work being purchased by the Hilliard Society for their permanent collection.
Cor, What a Pear!, 2019. Oil on panel.
"I prefer now to concentrate on painting life-size & am fascinated by light & shade, & the imperfections & timelessness of my studies. My preferred medium is oil, and whilst I specialise in still life, I do enjoy painting flowers, landscapes and the odd portrait as well. I am inspired and attracted to light and reflections, with an ambitious attention to tone and detail. I aim for my work to possess an appeal that is timeless, with the use of blending the traditional old master’s techniques along with a contemporary setting of items and a harmony of colour, shadow and composition. I hope this gives my paintings an individuality, merging both contemporary and traditional styles." -Robert Ritchie
Queen Anne Cherries, 2019. Oil on panel.