BIOGRAPHY

Biography

Tom Ritson

Tom was born in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, 1986. Later moving north to the Lake District as a child, where he was fortunate enough to grow up in an architecturally influential Modern Movement house. Surrounded by architecture and the beauty of the Lakes allowed for strong art & design foundations to grow. Undertaking various private solo art & photography exhibitions over the years, his working life has focused heavily in several areas of design whilst undertaking work as a commercial photographer since 2010. Living and working all over the world, Tom returned again to Cumbria in 2020.

Influences

Modern Movement

Pictured below is Tom’s childhood home Brackenfell. Designed by Sir Leslie Martin and Sadie Speight for Alastair Morton in 1937. Alastair Morton was Design Director of 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, commissioning interior works from artists such as Ben Nicholson and Barbara Hepworth. 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.

Brackenfell