“My practice consists of making drawn and painted portraits of my family, friends, self-portraits and nudes. I prefer to work directly from life, rather than photographs so that I can involve every sitter in the making process. Over the course of each painting, conversations differ and our moods create a range of tensions which feed into each portrait, influencing my painting process. I want my paintings to convey something subtle about the encounters I have with my sitters, as though looking at one was like you had wandered into a space where this person just happened to be.”

Richard Kitson paints, draws and makes etchings in his studio in Barnsley. He also teaches A level art at the local sixth form college and private tuition in his studio. The human face and figure have been Richard’s most dominant pre-occupations over the years but occasionally he paints landscapes, objects and interiors as well as sketching from old master paintings in art galleries to see them better and learn more about them.

Richard has spent the best part of twenty years flitting between music and visual art pursuits and has an established reputation as a folk/blues singer-songwriter and guitarist in his native South Yorkshire having recorded several albums of original material. Never one to be rushed into making the big decisions, in his mid-thirties it became apparent to Kitson that his artistic endeavours were naturally taking precedence over his music and he took the plunge into pursuing art full time alongside his teaching.

In 2018 Kitson will put on his first solo exhibition at The Cooper Gallery in Barnsley.

CV & Education


University of Huddersfield 2012-2014 Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)

University of Leeds 2003 – 2006, BA (hons) Fine Art

Barnsley College 2001 – 2002, BTEC Higher National Diploma in Art Foundation Studies.

Penistone Grammar School 1999 - 2001, A Levels in Art, English Literature and Religious Studies


Group Exhibitions

2012: Here There Everywhere, Huttons Buildings, Sheffield.

2011: Making a Mark, HIVE Gallery, Barnsley

2008: Contrast, HIVE Gallery, Barnsley

2007: The Workers, Leeds Student Union, Leeds

2006: Details, North Light Gallery, Huddersfield


Selected Group Exhibitions

2011: Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Competition and Exhibition, Kings Place Gallery, London

2010: Cork Street Open, London

2005: Leeds Open Art, Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds

2004: Leeds Open Art, Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds

2004: South Yorkshire Open Art, Cooper Gallery, Barnsley

2002: South Yorkshire Open Art, Cooper Gallery, Barnsley

2001: South Yorkshire Open Art, Cooper Gallery, Barnsley

1998: Young Artists Britain, Hampton Court Palace, London


Awards and Residencies

2002: South Yorkshire Open “Young Artist of the Year”.

2001: Morris Original Work Cup.