London (Garrick), 2008
Archival pigment print2009
About the work
Place: Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, 100 Parliament Street
Consistently working in series, Riddy’s photographs are meditations on the individuality and poetry of certain places. His subject matter is wide-ranging from photographs of Denmark Hill in Camberwell, South London, where his parents used to live, to images of Renaissance or Modernist architecture in France and Italy. Riddy uses urban spaces to reflect on aspects and qualities such as time, atmosphere, spatial illusion and cultural histories. Like John Ruskin (1819–1900), the Victorian art critic to whom Riddy dedicated Praeterita, a series of 28 images, Riddy sees in each empty individual image the traces of human presence, or the evidence that we leave of our lives.
About the artist
John Riddy was born in Northampton in 1959. He studied Fine Art at Chelsea School of Art (1979–84) and began working with Frith Street Gallery (London) in 1993. He received the London Arts Board Artist’s Award in 1997 and attended the British School at Rome on a Rome Scholarship and Sargent Fellowship in 1998–99. Riddy undertook artist residences at ARCO Madrid and Durham Cathedral in 1999, and won the Pollock Krasner Foundation Award in 2000. In 2003, he was commissioned with artist Rachel Whiteread to produce Room 101 for the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.
John Riddy (1959 - )
- London (Garrick), 2008
- Archival pigment print
- height: 72 cm, width: 93 cm (image)
- Purchased from Frith Street Gallery, May 2009
- signed, dated and inscribed verso on backboard
- Frith Street Gallery, London
- GAC number