Ralph Freeman combines his musical and aesthetic influences with the immediacy of watercolour and other materials, to respond to aspects of the landscape. His passion for music, and his work as a composer and jazz pianist informs many aspects of and themes within his painting.
Ralph was born in London in 1945 and studied at St Martin’s and Harrow Schools of Art from 1961 to 1965. He worked as an artist, musician, designer and art director in London and Europe until 1983, when he began his career as a full-time painter. Ralph also composes and continues to perform as a jazz pianist, which informs aspects of his painting. In 1988 he moved to St Ives in Cornwall. He was elected as a member of the Newlyn and the Penwith Societies of Artists and in 1996 was awarded an Arts Council tenancy of No.6 Porthmeor Studios. He formed the St Ives Jazz Club in 1998, which was nominated as Jazz Venue Of The Year 2015. In 2012 he relocated and now works from his London studio. His work has been exhibited in the UK, Germany, Italy, Holland and USA. Selected solo exhibitions Tate St Ives; Freud Museum, London; Camden Arts Centre, London; Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro; Gardner Arts Centre, Sussex; Louise Hallett Gallery, London; Castello di Pomerio, Milan; Artspace, London; Millennium Gallery, St Ives (regular shows 1999 - 2010); Campden Gallery, Chipping Campden; Thackeray Gallery, London (regular shows since 2013). Selected group exhibitions Wordsworth Trust, London; New Mexico Artists for Peace, and Chicago Art Expo, USA; Edinburgh Festival; Falmouth Art Gallery, Newlyn Gallery, Millennium Gallery, and Penwith Galleries, Cornwall; Maidstone Museum; Nunnery Gallery, London; Royal West of England Academy, Bristol; Beatrice Royal Gallery, Bath; Jean Monet Haus, Berlin; Ben Uri Gallery, London. Public collections Freud Museum, London; Yad Vashem, Jerusalem; Falmouth Art Gallery; Yamaha, Alco Corp, Korea.