Ian Ritchie OBE RA - The Owl + The Pussycat
Ink on Paper
A6 (10x15cm) Original Artwork
Signed on Verso
I begin developing my art, architecture, and industrial designs through language: poetry, prose, and the occasional aphorism, influenced by subjects ranging from physics and neuroscience to remote landscapes and history. The scientists, artists, actors, and musicians I am lucky enough to call friends lead me to explore and enjoy every wider field of learning, stretching my imagination further.
At the stage when I can sense the emerging project, I attempt to translate the concepts visually. Pencil, pen, biro — all instruments that mark are valid. But the greatest pleasure comes when I draw with a Japanese brush soaked in Sumi black ink.
The drawing — a few simple lines of architectural calligraphy – attempts to synthesise and reveal the essential from the words in a way that is immediately tangible as an object or space. I then produce these drawings as etchings in the London studio of the artist and printmaker Norman Ackroyd RA – a good friend who taught me to see the rainbow in black.
My late friend John Hoyland RA introduced me to the life and language of colour, which resulted in the monoprints I create in Barbara Rae RA’s Edinburgh studio. Her friendship and generosity allows me to feel colour while she encourages me to think less.
During recent years I have also been producing figurative works which are reproduced as etchings for the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition, and as Christmas cards.
My art is held in public collections including the Royal Academy of Arts, Reina Sofia Museum of Modern Art, Madrid, Lodz Gallery, Poland, the Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin, and the Royal Collection Trust / Queen Elizabeth II. I have published several books on architecture and one book of poetry.
I am an elected member of the Royal Academy of Arts, and the Akademie der Künste in Berlin, and lead ritchie*studio, an award-winning architecture and design practice renowned for glass architecture, material-technical innovation, and intelligent environmental and sustainable design https://www.ritchie.studio/
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