1937 - 2004

John Ridgewell

Born at Halstead, Essex on 26 December 1937, son of Herbert Charles Ridgewell, a boot & shoe retailer, and his wife Mabel née Lee. He received his schooling at St Andrew's Primary School in Halstead, and moved to the Grammar School in Earls Colne and studied at Colchester School of Art 1954-1958 then at Royal College of Art 1958-1961 sharing his time there with David Hockney and Robin B Kitaj (1932-2007). He married at Halstead in 1960 Marion J. Sutton, and having graduated from the Royal Academy, in 1961 John took a position at Scarborough School of Art renting a house in Cloughton Newlands before moving to Elm Tree House, Hunmanby in 1962 where they remained until 1966. In 1966 John decided to concentrate on his own painting and they decided to move to Maltings Barn, Great Waldingfield, Suffolk where their son James was born in 1968. After spending time in Dorset where young James attended Bryanston school, then at their holiday home in Lastingham, Yorkshire, in 1984 they returned to Suffolk living at Campion Hill near Wissington, Nayland before moving again in 1993, this time to Half Moone House in Stoke-by-Nayland. A printmaker and a painter in oil of English landscapes which were meticulously depicted with an occasional unusual feature. His mixed shows included New Art Centre; Piccadilly Gallery and the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition with solo shows including Austen Hayes Gallery, York from 1963, Grape Lane Gallery, York 1990, Upper Grosvenor Gallery; Fisher Fine Art, London also locally at the Phoenix Gallery, Lavenham, also in Gothenberg, Salzburg, Toronto, Dublin and Luxemburg but later concentrated on commission work. He lived at Bury St Edmund's, Suffolk where he died in September 2004.

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