Albert Richards (1919 − 1945)

Albert Richards was born in Liverpool. He studied at the local art school, in 1939 he was awarded a scholarship to study at the Royal College of Art in London. Within three months he was called up for national service. Richards trained first as a sapper (a military engineer), later as a paratrooper, and in 1944 was appointed an Official War Artist. The War Artists Advisory Committee commissioned works to record war in all its aspects; the majority were commissioned from established artists, whilst some came from civilians or members of the forces who were amateurs. Richards first came to the attention of the committee as painter from the second category, and because of the freshness and vitality of the work he produced unofficially the committee acquired a number of works. Following his appointment as an Official War Artist Richards worked mostly in watercolour as speed was of the essence. Ten months after his appointment, he drove his Jeep into a minefield and was killed. At only 25 tears old he was the youngest of the War Artists to be killed.

Further reading:
The Death of a Rose Paintings and Drawings by Captain Albert Richards, The Arts Council of Great Britain, London 1978

Glossary

  • Watercolour

    A paint composed of water-soluble pigment, which has been ground in gum, usually gum Arabic. When made opaque with white, watercolour is generally called gouache. Colours are usually applied and spread with brushes and water, but other tools can also be used. Most watercolour painting is done on paper, but other absorbent grounds can also be employed. The term also denotes a work of art executed in this medium.

Work Themes (2)

Past exhibitions

MY CHOICE WORKS SELECTED BY PAULA REGO FROM THE BRITISH COUNCIL COLLECTION

  • 2011
    • Portugal, Coimbra, Univesidade de Coimbra, Casa de Caldeiras
    • Portugal, Edp Foundation
    • Portugal, Cascais, Casa Das Historias

FALL OUT: WAR AND CONFLICT IN THE BRITISH COUNCIL COLLECTION

  • 2010
    • UK, Canterbury, Sidney Cooper Gallery
    • UK, London, Whitechapel Art Gallery

THRESHOLDS

  • 2012
    • Macedonia, Skopje, Museum Of Contemporary Art
    • Malta, Valletta, St James Cavalier Centre For Creativity
  • 2010
    • UK, London, Whitechapel Art Gallery

FROM DESTRUCTION TO ABSTRACTION BRITISH ART IN THE 1940S AND 1950S

  • 2008
    • Syria, Damascus, University Of Damascus

DRAWING DISTINCTIONS

  • 2003
    • Poland, Lodz, Museum Sztuki
  • 2001
    • UK, Nottingham, Castle Museum And Art Gallery
    • UK, Milton Keynes, Milton Keynes Gallery
    • Russia, Nizhny Novgorod, Museum Of Fine Arts
    • Russia, Moscow, Pushkin Museum Of Fine Arts
  • 2000
    • Russia, St Petersburg, The Hermitage
    • Canada, Yukon Art Gallery
    • Canada, Prairie Art Gallery
    • Canada, Winnipeg Art Gallery
  • 1999
    • Canada, Timmins Museum And N E C
    • Canada, Arcadia University Art Gallery
  • 1998
    • Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, National Art Gallery
    • Malaysia, Penang, Penang State Museum And Art Gallery
  • 1997
    • USA, Phoenix, Arizona State University Art Museum
    • USA, Berkeley, University Art Museum

EXHIBITION ROAD PAINTERS AT THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF ART

  • 1988
    • UK, London, Royal College Of Art

THE ROSE OF DEATH PAINTINGS AND DRAWINGS BY CAPTAIN ALBERT RICHARDS

  • 1978
    • UK, Colchester, The Minories
    • UK, Portsmouth, Porstmouth City Art Gallery
    • UK, Kendal, Abbot Hall Art Gallery
    • Wales, Newport, Newport Art Gallery & Museum
    • UK, Hull, Ferens Art Gallery
    • UK, Liverpool, Walker Art Gallery
    • UK, London, Imperial War Museum

CAPTAIN ALBERT RICHARDS WAR ARTIST (1919-1945)

  • 1966
    • UK, Wallasey, Wallasey Festival Of Arts
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