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Richard Sorrell PPRWS RBA NEAC

Richard Sorrell is a painter of invented figurative paintings – 'people doing things'.
His distinctive pictures are reinventions of reality, based on a lifetime of drawing and painting and looking at life. For some years he worked mainly as a landscape, portrait and still life painter, and as a painter of aerial views, mainly of grand houses.

He was President of the Royal Watercolour Society from 2006-9, and is also a member of the New English Art Club, the Royal Society of British Artists and the Art Workers Guild.

Richard Sorrell was born in 1948, the son of Alan Sorrell, the historical draughtsman and painter, and Elizabeth Sorrell, the watercolourist.
He studied at the Royal Academy Schools (Post Graduate Course), having also attended Walthamstow Art School (Pre-Diploma) and Kingston College of Art (Dip AD)

He was elected to the Royal Watercolour Society in 1975, served as Vice President of that society 2002 - 05, and was elected President 2006 - 09. 
He was an Executive Committee member of the New English Art Club 1995 - 2006 and 2009-10, and is also a member of the Royal Society of British Artists (by whom he was awarded the De Laslo Medal in 2002). He is a member of the Small Paintings Group, the Art Workers Guild and the Chelsea Arts Club. 

Richard Sorrell has also served as an executive committee member of the National Artists Association. He was a Governor of the Mall Galleries from 2000-06.


2013 Published ‘Alan Sorrell, The Life and Works of a Neo-Romantic Artist’ edited by Richard Sorrell and Sacha Llewellyn. ISBN: 978-1-908326-37-9

1971 - present Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions 
1975 - present Royal Watercolour Society Exhibitions
1985 - present Royal Society of British Artists (featured artist 1993)
1995 - present New English Art Club 
2009 - present Small Pictures Group
1975 DLI Museum and Art Gallery, Durham
1978 Beecroft Art Gallery, Southend on Sea
1980 Hayward Gallery, Lutyens Exhibition
1981 - 93 Agnews
1992 Cadogan Gallery
1994/6 Lynn Strover Gallery, Cambridge
1996 The Old Workshop Gallery, Norfolk
1996 Kentmere House Gallery, York
1996 - present LLewellyn Alexander Gallery 
1996 – 2008 Manor House Gallery, Chipping Norton 
1997 Leamington Spa Art Gallery (with Edmund Fairfax-Lucy)
1997 - 09 Langham Fine Art
1997 - present Thompson's Gallery, Stow on the Wold and Marylebone 
Woodgates Gallery, East Bergholt
Brian Sinfield Gallery
2002/3 Guildford Arts (Mill Gallery)
1985 – present Art in Action
2002 - 06 Sheen Gallery
2003 Alresford Gallery
2003 & 2007 Alpha House Gallery, Sherbourne Dorset
2003 - present Galleries Sternberg, Chicago
2008 Chappel Galleries, Essex
2009 Rainyday Gallery, Penzance
2010 - present Fosse Gallery, Stow on the Wold
2010 Rowley Fine Art , Winchester
2010 -12 Petleys Gallery
2015 Works on Paper Fair
2016 Artichoke Gallery, Ticehurst, E Sussex
2017 Wolfson College, Cambridge


Victoria and Albert Museum: aerial view of Channel Tunnel workings at Shakespeare cliff, with supporting material and drawings
The National Trust: aerial views of Blickling, Ickworth, Uppark and paintings of Calke Abbey, Flatford Mill, Oakhurst Cottage, Surrey
The Museum of London
The Faringdon Collection
Norwich City Council
The Courtauld Institute
Godalming Museum
Beecroft Art Gallery, Southend on Sea
Basildon Arts Trust

In 2001 Richard Sorrell presented a picture of her Centenary parade to HM Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.

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