Ian Ridley | ArtGallery.co.uk
In 2011 Ian held a successful month long solo exhibition at the Botanical Gardens in Birmingham and one of his paintings has been selected as Best in Show at the Quinton Arts festival in Birmingham in both 2011 and 2012 and again in 2015. Examples of his work and details were chosen to be featured in the American ICA publication “International Contemporary Artists” and in 2012 his work was featured in the national “the Artist” magazine. . In September 2014 one of his paintings gained a runners up award in an international “Artist of the Year” competition sponsored and judged by Winsor and Newton. In March 2015 he was invited to exhibit for a month for a second time in acrylics at Malvern Theatre ( a live gallery of artgallery.co.uk ) and one of his 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 his paintings gained 3rd prize in an international art competition judged by Daler Rowney. In 2017 Daler and Rowney awarded one of his watercolours 2nd prize in Artistinfo’s annual “Artist of the Year “ international competition and one of his acrylics has been accepted onto a worldwide internet exhibition.
First and foremost Ian is a landscape artist with a passion for trees generally and winter trees in particular. Stripped of their foliage, he sees their trunks and branches as wonderful forms, patterns, shapes and textures and he finds constant inspiration from his daily walks in the Worcestershire countryside. Whilst photographs sometimes provide loose compositions, many of his paintings are imaginative places with detail being drawn from continual observation and memory. Hence he is not restricted to a specific scene and many paintings, being initially based on a loose wash with little or no drawing, evolve during the process. His work varies from traditional to semi-abstract featuring the use of both texture and light. In Feb 2013 he was elected to be a member of the prestigious Birmingham Watercolour Society and has been involved over the last few years in the “apictureforhealth” charity in Worcestershire. He has been accepted to exhibit and demonstrate at the annual Patchings Art Festival near Nottingham and whilst he is a regular tutor at the Centre of England Arts Centre he also does demonstrations and runs workshops for art societies throughout the Midlands.
Ian's love for landscapes and for winter trees in particular can be summarized by a quote from a poem by Roy Campbell : “ I love to see when leaves depart, The clear anatomy arrive, Winter, the paragon of art”
Artworks by Ian Ridley