Lizzie Riches was born in East London and grew up near Epping Forest, where she first developed a love of natural history. Lizzie went to Camberwell School of Art and to Goldsmiths, but felt out of sympathy with the painting styles of the times and preferred to develop her own visual language. Riches lived for many years in rural Suffolk, however it was not the landscape that inspired her, but the birds, animals, plants and insects that she found there. Her interests have widened to exotic flora and fauna and she is particularly fascinated by the relationship between human civilisation and the natural world.
Portal Painters first exhibited Lizzie Riches work in 1976 and she has exhibited with them ever since, Lizzie has had solo exhibitions in Chicago and Paris.
In 1990 London Transport commissioned a painting as part of the ‘Art in the Underground’ series. Recent commissions include sixteen paintings for P&O’s luxury cruise liner ‘Aurora’ many of which show her current passion for painting people. A series of eighteen paintings depicting the character and history of the classic and noble grape varieties were commissioned by Websters Wine Publishers for ‘Grapes & Wines’ by Oz Clarke.
In 2000, Leopold Joseph Private Bank acquired and commissioned several paintings for their boardroom. In the same year Lizzie undertook an eighty foot mural for a country house in Kent.
In the summer of 2012 Lizzie undertook a series of eighteen paintings for an exhibition in the National Trust property Blickling Hall in Norfolk. The exhibition was in the world famous seventeenth century library and reflected the history of the family and gardens.
A recent series of portrait ‘anomalies’ with people portrayed in Elizabethan and Jacobean clothes with a contemporary element have proved very popular.
Lizzie Riches often undertakes commissioned paintings, usually portraits executed in her own imaginative style.
Riches paintings are in The Sainsbury, Standard Chartered and Prudential Collections and in 2016 Lizzie was commissioned to undertake a number of paintings for the Restaurant and Bar area of the recently refurbished Queen Mary, these were loosely in the style of Doris Zinkheisen who had painted the original murals.
Lizzie Riches exhibits exclusively with Portal Painters at the major London Art Fairs: The London Art Fair in January, The Affordable Art Fair in Battersea in March and The British Art Fair at The Saatchi Gallery in September.