Richard Eurich's Yorkshire

curated by Caroline Krzesinska


Although much of Richard Eurich’s life was spent around the Hampshire coast, his early years were in Bradford and Ilkley. He returned to Yorkshire throughout his life, drawn not merely by existing family connections, but surely by one of the most dramatic and visually rich areas of the country. Here, he would revel in the wildness of its fells and moors, paint the small fishing communities along its North Sea coast, or re-imagine the street life and festivals of his Bradford childhood. 

Richard’s extraordinary recall of place and mood would mean that he could draw on and re-work many of the themes and ideas present in these Yorkshire pictures throughout his long career.  There is also an evergreen quality, a candour about his painting that directly engages the viewer: you are drawn in to the meticulous details of a busy industrial scene, or by the quiet drama of a high Pennine view until you are experiencing the same fascination for each pictorial element as he has been, as if for the first time.




Artists routinely say that their paintings speak for themselves, but Richard’s memoir As the Twig is Bent, his diary entries and scribbled notations have also offered rich insights into his life in Yorkshire and the subjects he chose to paint.  The online Catalogue Raisonné has of course been the single most important source for developing this Curated by exhibition, bringing to my attention paintings unknown to me, together with the invaluable resource of Richard’s sketches and drawings. Other publications referred to include the exhibition catalogues, Richard Eurich RA: A Retrospective Exhibition (1979-80); The Edge of all the Land: Richard Eurich 1903-1992 (1994); Richard Eurich (1903 – 1992) Visionary Artist: (2003), and the book The Art of Richard Eurich by Andrew Lambirth (2020). Finally, my warm thanks to Philippa Bambach and Paul Carter for inviting me to curate this exhibition and for their enthusiastic and patient support.

Caroline Krzesinska 2023


About the Curator

Caroline Krzesinska is a freelance exhibitions curator with a background in art history. She joined Bradford Art Galleries & Museums in 1977 and curated the exhibition Richard Eurich RA: A Retrospective Exhibition in 1979. She developed a warm working relationship with Richard, and together they realised the exhibition framework and selection of works. She was also responsible for the acquisition of a number of Eurich paintings for the collection. Since leaving Bradford, she has been a creative director for Sheffield Museums Trust and managed the county wide Art in Yorkshire Supported by Tate programme and other projects for York Museums Trust and Hull City of Culture. She is currently a volunteer co-ordinator for the Research Group at Wentworth Woodhouse.



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