Richard Bolton

Richard Bolton Urban Cities and Landscape painter

Richard’s finest works in watercolour paintings are some of his exquisite artworks of urban City Landscape paintings of London, Cambridge and St Marks, Venice completed during his recent visit to the Most Romantic Cities of the World. Working with the medium that he loves best, showing his mastery of transparency watercolour on handmade paper. We almost witness comparisons to the work of old masters n Turner, Whistler and Monet who were known for their Cities scenes. Here Richard paintings we see a fresh new approach and understanding of what he has learnt from the old masters capturing the passion, the mood and atmosphere as we take a walk along any of his City landscapes listening to the hidden stories told.
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 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. Richard paints a wide variety of subjects.
He is renowned in the East of England for his treatment of lazy waterways and Fenland scenes. He is equally at home painting dry, arid locations as in the Gobi Desert or the Holy Land, to the vast plateaus of the Himalayas. His books have covered landscape painting, drawing, and the pursuit of detail and texture, such as you would find on old weather-worn posts or the rust on the side of an old tractor.
Since being in New Zealand, Richard has won the following Art Awards; 2005 Ashburton Society of Arts – Loan Society Award 2004 Ashburton Society of Arts – Aoraki Polytechnic Award 2004 South Canterbury Arts Society – Merit Award.


watercolour painting London river Thame view HISTORICAL PAINTINGS OF THE ICONIC RIVER THAMES 

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, both in watercolour and in 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 meander through in the heart of 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 the early months of 1900 – 1901 during stays in London. 



Joseph Mallord William Turner (April 1775 -1851), RA, known in his time as William Turner, was an English Romantic painter, printmaker, and watercolourist. He is known for his expressive colourisations, imaginative landscapes, and turbulent, marine paintings. Turner made regular visits to Venice his first in 1819, 1833 & 1835.

Claude Monet (July 1834 – 1903), painted a series of impressionist oil paintings of Venice during his three months trip to Venice in 1908 his famous painting being the Le Grand Venice. This painting captured some of Venice’s iconic buildings in a, particularly flattering autumn light.




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