Ceri Richards - Leaves of Grass

Artist Biography


Ceri Richards was born in south Wales and studied at Swansea School of Art, then Royal College of Art 1924-7. His interests ranged widely – working in stained glass, lithography and costume design as well as painting – and he taught at many institutions including Slade School and Royal College of Art. Picasso was a major early influence and Richards was also linked with Surrealism in the 1930s, though colour became increasingly important in his later paintings.

Richards’ work was shown in many major galleries, notably the Marlborough Gallery in London, and is held in important public collections. These include the Tate Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, National Museum of Wales and many others. Major retrospectives included The Tate Gallery in 1981 and Cardiff National Museum and Art Gallery in 2002.

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