RICHARDS, Anthony [Tony] Frank

1936 - ?

Born at Bristol on 11 November 1936, his mother's maiden name was Morgan. Winning a state scholarship to study at Weston-Super-Mare Art College, now UC Weston College, remaining for a year, obtaining an intermediate pass in 1952 and progressing to study for a National Diploma at Taunton, now Somerset College of Arts. After his National Service 1956-1958 Tony studied on a bursary which he won for drawing, at the Royal College of Art then trained as a graphic designer with Henri Kay Henrion (1919-1990) before taking a position as senior designer with ICI Central Publicity. In 1969 he accepted a position at the Open University as Design Manager responsible for designing and producing their printed media before moving in 1977 to Leicester Polytechnic as leader of the Graphic Design, Illustration, Broadcast Graphics and Animation Courses moving on to the University of Leicester to develop the staff courses in Art and Design at Nene College, Northampton. As part of staff development, Tony studied part-time for two MA's, a MEd and is a Fellow of the Chartered Society of Designers. During his working life Tony has always painted and is a figurative painter working almost exclusively from life, working in a wide range of media, including oil, watercolour and pastel and is primarily interested in the way subtle nuances of light affect a subject which he observes in and around Suffolk and on his travels. Drawing underpins all of his work which allows his painting to develop by shaping the elements in tone and colour simultaneously, with the final painting an outcome of constantly refining and adjusting his work. He married in Surrey in 1985 Heather M. Williams and works from his studio at 9 Somerville Lea, Aldeburgh, Suffolk. A member of the Knodishall Life Drawing Group





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