I paint my pictures in my studio in West Cornwall.

The pictures are inventions, or reinventions of reality, based on a lifetime of looking , and built up from sketches, ideas, and growing out of the process of painting itself. By 'the process of painting' I mean the manipulation of shapes and colours, their alteration to fit in with each other, and the change in the balance, rhythm and meaning of the picture that this entails.

Perhaps because they are inventions, the pictures show a kind of reality that is unfamiliar to many people. They are not, for instance, photographic images. They are paintings of things rather than the appearance of things. Sometimes they may appear a little awkward and strange, but it is their awkwardness that gives them the power to communicate, to say things rather than simply to illustrate them.

If you look at my earlier work (which has been archived in this present site) you will see that I have done a large amount of painting and drawing of different kinds.

I started my career as a painter of landscape and still life with a few portraits, and I worked in this way for perhaps 25 years, when I lived in London and Norfolk. I also painted from memory and imagination, and I made something of a speciality of aerial views - mostly of grand houses - for the National Trust and the owners of stately homes.

Over the past 15 - 20 years, the invented paintings have come to the fore, and I have also taken an interest in sculpture and in gardens and planting.   



Richard Sorrell was born in 1948, the son of Alan Sorrell, the historical draughtsman and painter, and Elizabeth Sorrell, the watercolourist.

He studied at the Royal Academy Schools (Post Graduate Course), having also attended Walthamstow Art School (Pre-Diploma) and Kingston College of Art (Dip AD)

He was elected to the Royal Watercolour Society in 1975, served as Vice President of that society 2002 - 05, and was elected President  2006 - 09. You can find a summation of his three years' work as  President of the Royal Watercolour Society here.

He was an Executive Committee member of the New English Art Club 1995 - 2006 and 2009-10, and is also a member of the Royal Society of British Artists (by whom he was awarded the De Laslo Medal in 2002), the Small Paintings Group, The Art Workers Guild and the Chelsea Arts Club. He was a Governor of the Mall Galleries from 2000-06.


Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions  since 1971

Royal Watercolour Society Exhibitions since 1975

Royal Society of British Artists since 1985 (featured artist 1993)

New English Art Club since 1995

Small Pictures Group since 200

1975 DLI Museum and Art Gallery, Durham

1978 Beecroft Art Gallery, Southend on Sea

1980 Hayward Gallery, Lutyens Exhibition

1981 - 93 Agnews

1992 Cadogan Gallery

1994/6 Lynn Strover Gallery, Cambridge

1996 The Old Workshop Gallery, Norfolk

1996 Kentmere House Gallery, York

LLewellyn Alexander Gallery 1996-present

Manor House Gallery, Chipping Norton 1996 - 2008

1997 Leamington Spa Art Gallery (with Edmund Fairfax-Lucy)

1997 - 9 Langham Fine Art

Thompson's Gallery, Stow on the Wold and Marylebone 1997 - present

Woodgates Gallery, East Bergholt

Brian Sinfield Gallery

2002/3 Guildford Arts (Mill Gallery)

Art in Action

2002 - 06 Sheen Gallery

2003 Alresford Gallery

2003 & 2007 Alpha House Gallery, Sherbourne Dorset

2003 - present Galleries Sternberg, Chicago

2008 Chappel Galleries, Essex

2009 Rainyday Gallery, Penzance

2010 - present Fosse Gallery, Stow on the Wold

2010 Rowley Fine Art , Winchester

2010 -12 Petleys Gallery


Victoria and Albert Museum: aerial view of Channel Tunnel workings at Shakespeare cliff, with supporting material and drawings

The National Trust: aerial views of Blickling, Ickworth, Uppark and paintings of Calke Abbey, Flatford Mill, Oakhurst Cottage,Surrey

The Museum of London

 The Faringdon Collection

Norwich City Council

The Courtauld Institute

Godalming Museum

Beecroft art Gallery, Southend on Sea

Basildon Arts Trust

In 2001 Richard Sorrell presented a picture of her Centenary parade to HM Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.