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In memoriam
© the artist. Photo credit: Wellcome Collection

In memoriam 2001

Richard Ennis (b.1958)

Wellcome Collection

Painter, draughtsman and teacher producing highly stylised figure paintings, with claustrophobic, disturbing and humorous elements, which drew on his imagination, dreams and life events. As a child he was fascinated by his nurse mother’s anatomy and physiology books from which he would copy, and Ennis remained a compulsive sketcher. Born in Clitheroe, Lancashire, he did a foundation art course at Burnley College of Art and Technology, 1977; graduated with honours from Bristol Polytechnic, 1978–81; then completed a postgraduate teaching certificate at Reading University, 1982–3, after which he taught, from 1991 at Reading Blue Coat School, Sonning-on-Thames. Mixed shows included Stowells Trophy Competition, RA, 1981; RWA from 1981; Summer Exhibition at Anthony Hepworth, Bath, 1991; and The Jelly Leg’d Chicken, Reading, from 1994–5.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)


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