Biography

Tom Ritson

Tom Ritson Artist

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

Later family moved north, where he grew up in an architecturally influential Modern Movement house. These physical surroundings created strong design foundations and ultimately a guiding reference point.

Toms life has focused heavily in several areas of design: Architecture, textiles, pattern-drafting & furniture design. Undertaking various private solo art exhibitions along the way, first becoming an exhibiting artist aged twenty-five.

After living and working all over the world, Tom is now based on the edge of the Lake District where he is able to focus on making art whilst also working in architecture by day.

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.