Take a second look at Eric Ritchie

Art lovers have a second chance to see Coldingham-based artist Eric Ritchie's work at the Doubtfire Gallery in Edinburgh.

Thursday, 16th March 2017, 11:31 am
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 10:45 am
PIC PHIL WILKINSON [email protected] www.philwilkinson.net 01316186373 - 07740444373 EN PICS - Mag pics Portraits of 80 year old artist Eric Ritchie at his home in Coldingham

In 2015 he had his first solo exhibition after a gap of 35 years, although he never stopped painting during that time and demand for his work never wavered.

In this second exhibition, the effervescent octogenarian shows a mix of remarkable archive work along with some newly produced pieces.

A graduate from Edinburgh College of Art in the 1950s, Eric famously collaborated with Leonard Rosoman on the sell-out Diaghilev exhibition, which gained him fans from the theatrical and film world.

His work has been influenced by Miro, Klee, Picasso but there is a depth, humanity and humour in his art.

Coldingham features often in Ritchie’s paintings and some of his most appealing work stems from time spent on his brothers-in-law’s fishing boats. He has a strong sense of community and sees himself as a man who works with paint – that has even included painting the fishing boats’ registration numbers onto their bows! He recently contributed visual and creative material in the successful drive to save the St Abb’s lifeboat.

The exhibition runs until April 8. More information from www.doubtfiregallery.com.