Ritchie was born on the west coast of Scotland and studied painting and illustration in Glasgow before settling in Edinburgh. Ritchie established Ritchie Collins Gallery in 2010 in Leith. His work is influenced by the Scottish coast and wild countryside. Celtic art, myths and Scottish folklore are a constant source of inspiration. Vibrant colour simple form and a creative use of texture are woven together to give the original paintings their unique magical quality.
“All the things I paint come from dreams or memories of places I’ve been. What is important to me is trying to capture the true feelings of a place in time, rather than the reality.”
Each painting tells a story and endless details to lose yourself in, something new to explore with every glance. Ritchie’s work appeals to all ages and he is enjoying a growing demand for his work. He is now exhibits in the UK and as far a field as New Zealand. His work is also in many private collections.
Ritchie has illustrated two children books, which were adapted for a musical in Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2009. He also has had many solo shows and shared exhibitions in the past years.
Ritchie is constantly challenging his creativity and exploring new ideas. Many of his latest paintings are sold before they get finished.
“I don’t think artists have a choice when it comes to expressing themselves, it just comes bursting out from the core of you. Painting for me is like a visual diary, with everyday experiences and thoughts channelled into my paintings, keeping work fresh and always moving.”
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