Biography for Richard Bawden RWS, NEAC, RE (1936)

Richard is a painter, printmaker and designer although known predominantly as a printmaker and watercolour artist. His work has a strong design quality and a real feeling of craftsmanship. Inspired perhaps by just one shape against another or a pattern in his home, he is drawn to his immediate world around him, albeit his living room with a cat or three on the sofa or a corner of his garden - always translating what he sees into a rich and and exciting picture containing a dry element of humour.

Born in 1936, the son of the well-known artist, Edward Bawden, R.A. Richard studied painting, printmaking and graphic design at Chelsea, St Martin's and the Royal College of Art. His paintings are drawn from life and often depict scenes of domesticity: his house, sofas, chairs, windows, cats, his garden and its birds. He is attracted by atmosphere, oddity, pattern and the austere. Focussing on these, he draws the viewer into his delightful universe.

Based in Suffolk, Richard has had over fifty one man exhibitions at home and abroad; including a major retrospective at Gainsborough's House in Suffolk. He has work in Royal, public and private collections, and has taught drawing and printmaking at several London and provincial art schools.

Richard is a Council member of the Royal Watercolour Society (RWS), an elected member of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers (RE), a member of the New English Art Club (NEAC), and a former Chairman of the Gainsborough House Print Workshop in Sudbury.

Richard is a regular exhibitor at Hayletts Gallery.

Public Collections

  • Victoria & Albert Museum
  • The Tate Gallery
  • Pictures for Hospitals
  • The Queen's Collection at Windsor
  • Ashmolean
  • Government Art Collection