Biography

Tom Ritson

Tom Ritson Artist

British Artist Tom Ritson was born in Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire in 1986.

His family later moved north, growing up in an architecturally influential Modern Movement house. These physicle surroundings created strong design foundations and ultimately a guiding reference point.

Leaving home aged sixteen, his working life has focused heavily on textiles, pattern-making and furniture design. Undertaking various private solo art exhibitions along the way.

After living and working all over the world, Tom returned to Cumbria in 2020 to focus on his abstract painting and photography work – based from his studio on the edge of the Lake District.

Influences

Modern Movement

Brackenfell

Tom’s childhood home Brackenfell was designed by Sir Leslie Martin and Sadie Speight for Alastair Morton in 1937.

Alastair Morton was Design Director for Edinburgh Weavers – a research unit established by his father to pioneer fabric design in keeping with contemporary architecture and interior decoration.

Sadie Speight designed the interiors of Brackenfell, commisioning interior works from artists such as Ben Nicholson and Barbara Hepworth – Artists who have contributed to the history of abstraction.

Sir Leslie Martin strongly influenced the course of post-war British architecture. Later leading the design team for London’s Royal Festival Hall in 1948.