Eric Rimmington has been described by the critic William Packer as 'both one of the country's most distinguished exponents in the field of still life, and one of the most particular and distinctive'.
Born in 1926, his painting career began in the late 1940s with a large mural commission at the Trafalgar Institute in his home town Portsmouth, on account of which the building has recently been listed by English Heritage. In 1950 he was selected for the Young Contemporaries and went on to exhibit regularly in Yorkshire and the Midlands while teaching Fine Art at Scarborough, Bradford, Birmingham and Wolverhampton. In the early 1980s, after a sabbatical in the U.S.A., Rimmington moved to London to pursue his studio work full-time.
This marked the beginning of a concentrated visual exploration of objects 'within hands' reach' which continues to this day. From an ostensibly modest range of items on a tabletop, shelf or studio floor Rimmington's paintings draw out endlessly varied dramatic possibilities. Always thought-provoking and often light-hearted and witty, his work also suggests an extended conversation with painters of the classical tradition and with the artist's own practice in other genres, particularly seascape.
Eric Rimmington was awarded the ING Discerning Eye Purchase Prize in 2006. Among major collectors has been Raymond Blanc whose choice of decor for the Grand Salle and the Conservatory at his Manoir Aux Quat'Saisons was inspired by the Rimmington paintings bought for them.
He is represented in numerous other private collections in Europe, North America, Australia and the Far East; in public galleries in Bradford, Reading and Scarborough; in the Museum of London, Imperial War Museum, University of Wisconsin and the Gulbenkian Foundation.
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