Lizzie Riches was born in London in 1950 and grew up near Epping Forest, which is where she first developed a love of natural history. Lizzie went to Camberwell School of Art and to Goldsmiths College, but felt out of kilter with painting styles of the late sixties preferring 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.
Lizzie Riches has exhibited with Portal Gallery since 1976. In 1990 London Transport commissioned a painting as part of the ‘Art in the Underground’ series. Lizzie has had several solo exhibitions with Portal in London and with Portal in Chicago (1988, 90, 92). She also exhibited in ’Portal at the Palais Royal’ in Paris in 1994.
Recent commissions include a series of paintings for P&O’s luxury cruise liner ‘The Aurora’ (2000/2001). In 2001 Websters Wine Publishers commissioned eighteen paintings depicting the character and history of the classic and noble grape varieties for the book by Oz Clarke.
In 2000, Leopold Joseph Private Bank acquired several paintings for their boardroom and during the same year Lizzie undertook an eighty foot mural for a country house in Kent.
Lizzie Riches recent exhibitions include The Portal Painters Exhibition in Tanglewood, Boston, USA and with Portal Gallery at the Edinburgh Festival (2004). Lizzie Riches lives and works in Norfolk and divides her time between commissioned work through the gallery and paintings for exhibitions at Portal. The gallery represents Lizzie Riches work at all the major Art Fairs.