Richard Bolton

Urban Cities and Landscape Painter

Richard Bolton is a renowned watercolourist and landscape painter based in New Zealand. He is mainly known for his stunning depictions of urban cities, including Venice, Paris, and London, which he paints with a romantic and dreamy quality.
Bolton’s watercolour paintings are notable for their use of light and shade, which creates a sense of depth and atmosphere. He captures each city’s unique character and charm, from the winding canals of Venice to the grand architecture of Paris and the bustling building of the Thames River of London.
His most famous work, “Venice Market Square”, portrays the iconic city during the afternoon. The painting features the vibrant colours of the sky and the soft reflections on the water, which create a tranquil and peaceful mood. Bolton’s light and shade add depth and dimension to the painting, making it almost lifelike.
In “London Cityscapes & Thames River paintings,” Bolton portrays the iconic city in the early morning light along the scenes of the banks of the River Thames with the backdrop of major landmark buildings of London. The paintings capture the energy and excitement of how London awakes each day.
Richard Bolton’s watercolour paintings of urban cities are a testament to his artistic skill and ability to capture each city’s unique character and atmosphere. His romantic and dreamy style has made him a sought-after artist, and his works continue to inspire and captivate viewers worldwide.

Richard Bolton settled in New Zealand in 2004 with his New Zealand-born wife after working as a professional watercolour artist in the United Kingdom. As well as being inspired by the local scenes around Cambridge Shire, where he has worked and lived, he has travelled all over the World to paint, including in Australia, China, Taiwan, Israel, Europe and New Zealand. Many people are familiar with his work through book publications and magazine articles on painting in watercolour. His books have been published in the U.K., U.S.A. and China, with translations into other languages. He has exhibited widely throughout the U.K. and has won awards at the Royal Institute of Watercolourists in London. He is now living and working from his studio in Geraldine.


watercolour painting London river Thame viewDISCOVERING THE RIVER THAMES Immerse yourself in the captivating allure of Richard Bolton’s original watercolour painting, capturing the essence of London’s iconic Thames River. This masterpiece is a testament to Bolton’s skill in portraying the timeless beauty of the city’s waterscape. The painting has been meticulously conservation mounted by the esteemed ICAS framing gallery workshop, featuring a silver gilt slip mount. The Champayne silver contemporary frame elegantly encases the artwork safeguarded behind UV museum glass.
Bolton’s London Thames painting reverberates with the echoes of watercolour artists from the past, drawing intriguing parallels to luminaries like James Mcneill Whistler. Just as Whistler’s watercolours encapsulated the soul of London’s urban landscape, Bolton’s work captures the same essence, albeit through a contemporary lens. The interplay of light, the dance of reflections, and the city’s dynamic character unite these artists across time.
The original watercolour painting, 72cm x 53cm, commands attention and invites viewers into the heart of the city’s waterscape. Bolton’s work stands as a luminous tribute to London’s enduring beauty, meticulously preserved and showcased through the artistry of the ICAS framing gallery workshop.
As Bolton’s brushwork joins the legacy of watercolourists like Whistler, it adds a modern thread to the tapestry of London-inspired art. Just as Whistler’s work reflected the spirit of his era, Bolton’s painting resonates with the pulse of contemporary London, a tribute to the city’s timeless charm.

Joseph Mallord William Turner (April 1775- 1851) was an English Romantic landscape painter, watercolourist and printmaker whose style can be said to have the foundation for Impressionism. He spent much of his life near the River Thames and did many paintings of ships and waterside scenes in watercolour and oils. His famous painting The ‘Fighting Temeraire’ 1838

James McNeill Whistler (July 1834-1903), an American artist, spent most of his life in Victorian London. Throughout the 1860s and 1870s, Whistler was drawn to the bustling and rapidly changing urban neighbourhood surrounding Battersea Bridge – and, of course, to the River Thames that meanders through the heart of London.

During his stays in London, Claude Monet (November 1840- 1926) painted a series of impressionist oil paintings of the Palace of Westminster, home of the British Parliament, Thames River, in 1899 and early 1900 – 1901. 

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My Sculptures have allowed me to meet members of The Royal Family, which has always been an exciting and enjoyable experience.


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