Donald Ritchie

Donald Ritchie CBE is a retired scientist, former Professor of Genetics at the University of Liverpool and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Not formally trained in art, he has painted for many years, principally as a landscape artist and has exhibited widely in the UK, recently with the Royal Scottish Academy, the New English Art Club and the Royal Society of British Artists.

He held a one man show at Shrewsbury School and two of his landscapes are held in UK public collections.

Influences derive from the work of Paul and John Nash, Graham Sutherland and Eric Ravilious among others and his paintings often portray long vistas with rising hills, evidence of the work of human hands on the land and the complex shapes they leave in the fields. The paintings are not intended to be realistic picturesque depictions but rather an impression of a scene that caught the imagination as having a unity of design, shape and colour.

Talking about the paintings currently on show at the White Fox Gallery, Donald said “These scenes all had an instantaneous impact on me that created the painting. It is not the scene itself but the combination and unity of the constituent elements in terms of shapes and colours. Having passed these places on many subsequent occasions the original impact has not recurred because the elements had changed.”

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