Richard Kitson

I primarily make drawings, paintings and etchings of portraits, nudes, landscapes and objects from life. I am inspired by Rembrandt and Lucian Freud.

My practice consists of making drawn and painted portraits of my family, friends, self-portraits and nudes. I prefer to work from life, rather than photographs so that I can involve each sitter in the making process. Over the course of each painting, conversations differ and our moods create a range of tensions which feed into each portrait, influencing my painting process. I want my paintings to convey something subtle about these encounters, as if looking at one was like wandering into a space where this person just happened to be.

I paint, draw and make etchings in my studio in Barnsley. The human face and figure are my most dominant pre-occupations but I also work from landscapes and objects to create works which contrast and complement my figurative work. I am influenced by artists such as Rembrandt, Lucian Freud, John Constable and David Hockney.

Open days

  • Saturday 4th May
  • Sunday 5th May
  • Monday 6th May (Bank Holiday)

About my studio

My studio is split into painting and printmaking areas. People will see me working on a portrait from life.

  • Visitors to the studio will be able to buy my work
  • I’m happy to undertake commissions – please ask!
  • Workshops and tuition are available

Contact me

Studio location

Room 16
2 Eastgate
Barnsley
S70 2EP

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