Having been inspired by the Naturalist movement in 19th Century European art, Keith Ricehens tries to create striking images sometimes with a narrative sub-text which hopefully fascinate and remain with the viewer.
Keith paints mainly in oil or watercolour, preferring to work in a studio using reference photographs he has taken along with notes and sketches made on location. Sometimes using video to capture an atmosphere or a movement which can be interpreted and incorporated into my paintings. Keith also uses a computer as an aid to compositional, colour and tonal decisions.
1950 Born in Yeovil, Somerset
1968-72 Somerset College of Art, Taunton South West Regional Diploma in Art and Design (with credit)
Licentiateship of the Society of Industrial Designers - LSIA
Later Membership of the Chartered Society of Designers - MCSD
1972- Present Freelance Illustrator and Artist Working for major publishers, advertising agencies, design companies etc. Clients include – Saatchi, J.W Thompson, Harper Collins, Viking Penguin, Pan
Books, I.P.C. Magazines, The Reader’s Digest, The BBC.
My work is also in private collections including – Alan Ayckbourn, John Wells, Sir Adam Ridley and Margaret Rapacioli.
2008 Elected as an Associate Member of the RSMA.
1975 – 78 Association of Illustrators Annual Exhibition
2001 Royal Society of Marine Artists
2002 Royal Society of Marine Artists
2003 Royal Society of Marine Artists Bunkamura Gallery - Tokyo
2004 Royal Society of Marine Artists
2005 Royal Society of Marine Artists
2006 Royal Society of Marine Artists
2007 Royal Society of Marine Artists
2008 Royal Society of Marine Artists
2008 Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours
Keith is open to take commissions of seascapes, landscapes and portraits. As a result of his background in illustration, Keith is accustomed to working with demanding briefs, and is happy to replicate earlier works. The artist typically completes works in the studio, refering to sketches, photographs and notes produced on location. Typically at least one week is required to complete a commission, but if multiple sittings or greater complexity is required this period might be longer.