Richard Wathen, ‘Ludo’, 2010, Phillips

Signature: signed, titled and dated "Richard Wathen 'Ludo' 2010" on the reverse

Max Wigram Gallery, London
Acquired from the above by the present owner

About Richard Wathen

Though Richard Wathen paints a range of figures—including adolescents, nude women, old men, and, occasionally, animals—he contends that all of his works are autobiographical, saying, “I consider all of the portraits to be self-portraits.” Each of his paintings begins with a memory, which he often embodies in the figure of a human being, making autobiographical references with his choices of clothing, gender, coloring, and accoutrements. Wathen combines these personal references with art-historical ones, his works evoking the style of master portraitists like Thomas Gainsborough, but with an eerie, sometimes sinister twist.

British, b. 1971, London, United Kingdom, based in Norfolk, United Kingdom

Fair History on Artsy

Max Wigram Gallery at Armory Show 2013