Chrissie Richards in yellow coat and hat standing outside shed in Brightlingsea

Chrissie Richards (b.1961) is a visual artist and creative coach. She was born in Essex, she lives and works in Brightlingsea on the Essex coast.

Chrissie is particularly interested in the intersection of past, present and future and how all our experiences are stitched together to make us who we are. Memory and experience are recalled and expressed by leaving a visual history of how the work was made. Her work is often multi layered and highly textured which represents the rich tapestry of her life and experience.

A strong belief in the importance and value of creativity underpins her practice. The work is firmly rooted in the formal qualities of art making with a particular emphasis on composition and colour.

Following ten years of art making and exhibiting, Chrissie formalised her education by studying at Colchester School of Art, she is expected to graduate in 2024 with a first class honours BA Fine Art degree.

Chrissie has been running art workshops since 2019 both in person and online.

Chrissie is an artist in residence at Brightlingsea Lido.

Notable exhibitions include: 

2024 – The Art Hut Brightlingsea – Through the Window – Solo Exhibition

2023 – Henry Moore Foundation – Conversation to Creation

2022 – St Albans Museum – The Art of Grieving

2021 & 2020 – Holt Festival, Holt, Norfolk –  John Hurt Art Prize – shortlisted  

2020 – The Gibberd Gallery, Harlow Open 2020  – winner Best in show 

2018 & 2017 – Mall Galleries, London – Society of Women Artists

Awards and Grants

In 2020 Chrissie was awarded Best in Show at the Gibberd Gallery’s annual Open Exhibition for ‘Just the Three of Us’.

mixed media painting winner Gibberd Gallery open 2020

‘Just the three of us’

mixed media on board

20 x 20 cm – 2020

Recent work

Recently I have been exploring more abstract compositions, from a starting point of observation I identify motifs, shapes and colours which I turn into collage elements. I then play around with compositions before turning these into paintings.

collage inspired by coastal motifs, blue yellow white and red shapes
abstract coastal painting
abstract painting of a coastal scene red white and blue
abstract painting of a coastal scene red white and blue

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