Richard Bawden Biography

Richard Bawden




Richard Bawden is a painter, printmaker and designer working predominantly in lino, etching and watercolour. His work has a graphic, linear quality and a strong sense of craftsmanship, which translates naturally into many forms. These have included book illustration, murals for restaurants, etched glass church windows and doors, a poster for London Transport, mosaics and furniture.

Richard Bawden was born on March 18, 1936, in Braintree, Essex, England. He is the son of the well-known artist, Edward Bawden, R.A. (1903-1989) Richard studied painting, printmaking and graphic design at Chelsea, St Martin's and the Royal College of Art, the fourth member of his family to attend the Royal College of Art.

His artworks are drawn from life and often depict scenes of domesticity: his house, sofas, chairs, windows, cats, his garden and its birds. He is attracted by atmosphere, oddity, pattern and the austere. Focusing on these, he draws the viewer into his delightful universe.Based in Suffolk, Richard has had over fifty one man exhibitions at home and abroad; including a major retrospective at Gainsborough's House in Suffolk. He has work in Royal, public and private collections, and has taught drawing and printmaking at several London and provincial art schools.

Bawden is a Council member of the Royal Watercolour Society (RWS), an elected member of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers (RE), a member of the New English Art Club (NEAC), and a former Chairman of the Gainsborough House Print Workshop in Sudbury, England.