• 20th Century British Art auction at Christies

    Sale 5886

    20th Century British Art

    16 December 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 143

    Ray Richardson (b. 1964)

    Slow Drag

    Price Realised  


    Ray Richardson (b. 1964)
    Slow Drag
    signed 'Richardson' (lower left), signed again, inscribed and dated 'R. Richardson/SLOW DRAG/1988' (on the reverse), signed again twice 'R. Richardson/R. Richardson' (on the stretcher)
    oil on canvas
    68 x 56 in. (172.7 x 142.3 cm.)

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    Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner in the 1980s.

    Pre-Lot Text

    RAY RICHARDSON (b. 1964)

    Ray Richardson was born in South East London in 1964 and attended St Martin's School of Art and Goldsmith's College of Art, graduating in the same year as Damien Hirst. Richardson's combination of technical skill and the truly contemporary nature of his work led him to win the British Council Award in 1989 and the BP Portrait Award in 1990. His fascination with contemporary culture is clearly evident in the affection he demonstrates for his superficially thuggish subjects, with each painting revealing a personal identity and narrative for the characters portrayed.


    The Independant, 7 June 1988.


    London, National Portrait Gallery, John Player Special Portrait Award, 1988 (not numbered).