Ian Ridley

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 and 2012. 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 in the “apictureforhealth” charity in Worcestershire.I gained a runners-up award in 2014 and a 3rd place award in 2015 in the Artistinfo’s yearly competition for the artists on this site.

I have been accepted to exhibit and demonstrate at the annual Patchings Art Festival near Nottingham and besides running an art group in my village I also regularly run workshops for art societies and groups throughout the Midlands.
Prices directly from me vary from around £150 for the smaller paintings to £400.