The Wapping Group of Artists - Est 1939
Michael Richardson

Michael Richardson

Born -1943  - Brought up and educated in Ipswich, Michael attended the Ipswich School of Art studying Sculpture and Fine Art. He continued his studies painting in Paris.

He has had three successful one-man exhibitions in his home town of Ipswich and joined the Wapping Group of Artists in 1997.  This very active Plein Air painting society has its annual exhibition at the Mall Galleries.
Michael’s work has also been exhibited in the RSMA, RBA and RI and at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.

He was recently short listed for the Bath Prize and was an award winner in LONDON LIVES at the Bankside Gallery and won the runner up Prize at Art in the Open 2011, Wexford, the largest Open Air Painting event in Europe. He recently represented the UK in the European Plein Air Masters event in Holland.

As an ex ocean racer, sail maker, boat builder and rigger he is often drawn to marine subjects and his portrayal of boats is backed by his wealth of technical knowledge and experience in this area.

He has travelled extensively, painting and sailing, in Europe, the Caribbean, USA Hawaii, New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia. He now lives in East Kent and paints almost every day, whatever the weather “en plein air.”

He believes that painting “sur le motif” as a modern impressionist is the most fulfilling challenge for a painter’s technique and he never risks tinkering with a  piece later for fear of losing the spontaneity of the on-site response.

Painting in the rain and or snow holds a particular fascination and therefore offers a year long painting season and his constant production is a mirror of all aspects of the changing moods and colours of our environment. He has authored several articles for Art magazines on the subject of Plein Air Painting.

Also Exhibited at:
Enid Lawson Fine Art -Lincoln Joyce – Bankside – Frances Iles - Chelsea Art Society – Affordable Art Fair – Hampshire Art Fair – Kent and Sussex Art Fair -Picturecraft of Holt - Llewellyn Alexander (Not the Royal Academy)– Graham and Oldham – Bath Prize – Pigyard  ( Wexford ) - South East Summer Exhibition – Kent Painter’s Group and many others.