4 - 28 April
We are delighted to be showing, for the first time, new paintings by this critically-acclaimed, award-winning painter. Richard Twose's paintings combine allegory, symbolism and his ongoing fascination with the human form in motion. His work has an energetic and dynamic movement with his handling of paint that captures a moment in time. This is a small collection of his latest paintings that he has been working on over the winter months coming into spring. The show will hang in Room Two of the gallery, alongside the George Dannatt exhibition in Room One.
oil on board
122 x 75cm
Richard Twose,born in Devon in 1963, studied at the University of Creative Arts, Farnham from 1986 to 1989. After graduating he based himself in London and became a jewellery designer selling his collections worldwide to stores such as Barneys in New York, Harrods and Harvey Nichols. He designed bespoke collections for Ally Capellino, Margaret Howell and Paul Smith as well as designing one-off pieces for clients including Sting, Joan Collins, Theo Fennell and Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones. During this period Richard was a visiting lecturer at the University of Brighton and Camberwell Art College, However in 2000, looking for new challenges, Richard moved to Somerset.to concentrate on painting. From 2009 his work was exhibited at galleries in Bristol and Bath. In 2011 he won the Victoria Prize at Bath’s Victoria Gallery and was invited to become a member of the Bath Society of Artists.
In 2014 Richard was awarded second prize at the BP Portrait Award in the National Portrait Gallery. Ben Luke in the London Evening Standard described Richard’s painting as having an elusive, poetic quality. Since winning the award Richard has been interviewed by the critic Edward Lucie-Smith and was chosen by Jonathan Yeo to feature in a CNN Arts documentary “Ones to Watch”. One of his portraits was exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery, the Royal Scottish Academy and Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens.
In 2015 he appeared in a film that accompanied the National Gallery and the Amsterdam Rijksmuseum’s major exhibition ‘Rembrandt, the Late Works’ where he demonstrated Rembrandt’s painting techniques. In 2018 this series was broadcast on ITV under the title 'Great Art'. Available on the ITV Hub.
In autumn 2015 Richard was NOA Artist in Residence at the Royal College of Art. He began painting full time in his studio in a remote barn in Somerset. Portrait commissions in 2015 included Alice Prochaska, Principal of Somerville College, Oxford and Viscountess Rosie Grimston; the latest in an unbroken collection of family portraits that goes back to 1452.
In 2016 Richard spent time with Gifford's Circus drawing circus performers during rehearsals, he went on to work closely with a group of acrobatic from CircoMedia, Bristol and observed and drew dancers during rehearsals for The Odyssey - Mark Bruce Contemporary Dance Company.
In 2017 Richard's portrait of Ken Loach was selected for the BP Portrait Award and he was also commissioned by Oxford University to paint Ken Loach. This portrait was exhibited in the Bodleian Library and will hang permanently in the Examinations Halls. Richard also exhibited at Catto Gallery, London - Solo Exhibition A Flicker In The Continuum and the catalogue introduction was written by Edward Lucie Smith.
Richard was Artist In Residence at Elisabeth Frink's studio at Woolland House, Dorset during 2019.