Born and brought up in London, Rob always had a passion for art since being a young child and was continually drawing. Leaving school at the age of 15 with no qualifications, Rob became an apprentice to a London tattooist. After a short time, his artistic ability was soon recognised by the tattooist, and so he was given the task to renew all their designs and to sketch out all the bespoke work customers were wanting. He also was involved in the actor Tim Roth’s first film, by drawing removable tattoos on the actor. During this time Rob was still drawing and painting as a hobby. Rob’s career and direction in life turned around after becoming a committed Christian, and he left the tattoo studio after being there 11 years.
After leaving the tattoo studio Rob moved his art from “skin to canvas” - starting with a solo exhibition in Richmond, London. Rob has received no formal training and is completely self-taught. Working continually with his passion and refining his skill over many years, his work has become much admired leading to a successful career, with galleries and clients eager to purchase all that Rob can paint.
Rob paints in oil and is inspired and attracted to light and reflections, with an exquisite attention to tone and detail. His work possesses an appeal which is timeless, with the use of blending traditional old master’s techniques with a contemporary setting and feel, with harmony of colour, shadow and composition. This gives his paintings an individuality, merging both contemporary and traditional styles.
Rob’s work has been well established internationally, and paintings are represented in over 45 countries worldwide. He has received the following awards:
Florida Miniature Art Society: Award for Interior or Still Life 2012
Hilliard Society of Miniaturists: The President’s Choice, Still Life 2011
Hilliard Society of Miniaturists: Work purchased by them for their permanent collection.
The Royal Miniature Art Society: Award presented by Rupert Maas (Antique Roadshow’s art critic)
The Royal Miniature Art Society (Mall Galleries): Joyce Rowsell Award of Excellence, Still Life 2011
The Royal Miniature Art Society (Mall Galleries): Best collection of five or more miniature works, 2011
The Royal Miniature Art Society (Mall Galleries): President’s Special Commendation 2010
Llewellyn Alexander Gallery, London: For Outstanding Miniature Painting 2010.
Rob and his family relocated from London to Herefordshire in 2003.
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Purchasing a Rob Ritchie Painting
This can be done by contacting us direct via email. Any original painting shown on this website may not necessarily be still available but we endeavour to update it as much as possible.
Posting paintings internationally is not a problem and we have done this many times. Please let us know through email firstname.lastname@example.org
or facebook “Rob Ritchie Art
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Commissioning a Rob Ritchie Painting
Rob is very happy to chat about your thoughts on a painting that you may have in mind, or one you may have seen but has already been sold & you are interested in commissioning something similar. Rob’s work sells very quickly and the painting you like may have already been purchased, or you may be waiting a very long time for something to become available. Commissions take priority so it’s a way of jumping the queue!
We will first tell you the price on any commission depending on the size and complexity, and the choice of frames we have. After a chat with Rob he will do a simple pencil sketch, and will post or email it to you for you to see to make sure that this is what you are after before going ahead with the painting, at which stage the size & price would be confirmed.
Please contact us if you have any queries.