Richard Kitson


Mastrius Artist Mentor

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MEDIUMS: Oil | Graphite
SPECIALTY: ✔ Technical 

Richard Kitson is a British artist based in Barnsley, South Yorkshire. Richard’s figurative works are painted during live sittings as he likes to involve his sitters in the painting process. Richard’s sitters are most often family members and friends, giving his work an autobiographical theme. Kitson is concerned with painting natural portraits without exaggeration or idealisation, responding to his sitters over weeks and months of observation. During the painting process conversations and moods differ, feeding into the work as it develops. During and since the pandemic, Richard began working from photographic references to enable him to develop his work where live sitting weren’t possible. This practice has been especially useful for Richard when undertaking portrait commissions.

Artwork by Michaela Hoppe
Artwork by Michaela Hoppe
Artwork by Michaela Hoppe
Artwork by Michaela Hoppe
Artwork by Michaela Hoppe
Artwork by Michaela Hoppe


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Specialty: ✔ Technical



Technique Demos


Color & Composition


Providing Art Critiques


Supplies and Tools – what to use, where to save, and where to spend


Studio Setup for Art Production



Studio Time Management

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~ Deb, Emerging Artist


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Artwork by Michaela Hoppe

Richard’s work is underpinned by a training in academic drawing and life drawing. In addition to his figurative works, Richard paints landscape and still life subject matter.

Richard’s landscapes often depict places close to his home that he feels a connection with. Likewise, his still life works depict personal objects collected over several years and presented within his studio environment.

In 2018 Richard participated in Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year where he painted Paralympic athlete Kadeena Cox MBE at the Wallace Collection in London.

2018 also saw the opening of Richard’s first solo exhibition at the Cooper Gallery in Barnsley. Richard’s first international solo exhibition took place during the Spring of 2019 at the Labor Im Chor gallery, part of the Museum and Galerie im Prediger in Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany.

More recently Richard has had work selected for the Royal Society of Portrait Painters exhibition in 2020 and 2023.

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