Ian Ridley

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I am a professional landscape artist living and working in rural Worcestershire.
My work varies from traditional to semi-abstract featuring the use of both texture and light. Many of my landscapes feature winter trees drawing my inspiration from the Worcestershire countryside where I live and the work of Roland Hilder.
I draw very little in preparation for a painting and many of my paintings are imaginative, drawing from memories and using the suggestions incorporated in initial washes.  This approach suits my own personality and allows me to be both creative and expressive within a fairly limited subject area.
I have had paintings selected for several years in the Royal Birmingham Society of Artist’s Prize Exhibition in June and have sold to collectors in Europe, Japan and the USA. In 2011 I held a successful month long solo exhibition at the Botanical Gardens in Birmingham and one of my paintings was selected as Best in Show at the Quinton Arts festival in Birmingham in both 2011, 2012 and 2015. Examples of my work and details were chosen to be featured in the American ICA publication “International Contemporary Artists” and in 2012 my work was featured in the national “the Artist” magazine

In Feb 2013 I was elected to be a member of the prestigious Birmingham Watercolour Society and have been involved over the last few years in the “apictureforhealth” charity in Worcestershire.   In September 2014 one of my paintings gained a runners up award in an international “Artist of the Year” competition sponsored and judged by Winsor and Newton.

In  March 2015 I was invited to exhibit for a month for a second time in acrylics at Malvern Theatre and one of my paintings gained a highly commended award in the “Artist” magazine’s Artist of the Year competition at the Patchings Art Festival held in June. Another of my paintings gained 3rd prize in an international art competition judged by Daler Rowney.

In 2017 Daler and Rowney awarded one of my watercolours 2nd prize in Artistinfo’s annual  “Artist of the Year “ international competition and one of my acrylics has been accepted onto a worldwide internet exhibition.

I have been accepted to exhibit and demonstrate at the annual Patchings Art Festival near Nottingham and whilst I am a regular tutor at the Centre of England Arts Centre I also do demonstrations and run workshops for art societies throughout the Midlands.

Prices directly from me vary from around £150 for the smaller paintings to £400.

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