Richard Nott trained as a fashion designer and worked with Valentino in Rome before co-founding the fashion company Workers for Freedom. In 2000, leaving the world of fashion behind, he was able to fulfil a lifelong ambition to become a painter.
Working in the fashion industry all his life Nott developed a respect for, and enjoyment of, all aspects of clothing. Wanting to retain this led to a continuing series of paintings inspired by clothing held in museums and private collections around the world.
Recently the work developed a figurative direction. Dealing with concealment, confrontation and disguise Nott has produced paintings populated by figures and animals.
Nott plans to spend half of each year working on and developing each of these two strands.
Works from various shows and commissions hang in private houses internationally.
2013, 2012, 2013 - Brighton Festival Artists Open House
2009 Paintings of Clothing, one one six gallery, Tenterden, Kent
2007 Kimonos, Couture and other clothing, Browse and Darby, Cork Street, London
2004 Pandora Maxwell, portrait, The Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Mall Galleries, London
2004 Fantasy Garden, paintings, Harrods, London
2003 Clothing 2003, paintings, Corporate Connoisseurs, London
2003 Flowers in Black, paintings, South East Open Studios, Kent
1990 British Designer of the Year, British Fashion Council
1985–98 Established fashion company Workers for Freedom with Graham Fraser.
1975–85 Principal Lecturer, Fashion & Textiles Kingston University
1972–75 Design Assistant Sig. Valentino, Valentino Couture, Rome
1970 1st Class BA Hons. Degree Fashion, Kingston School of Art
Clothing – produced in the first part of 2013 this group of paintings juxtapose iconic historic garments with decorative elements from other garments, combining cultures and different periods in time. As always the paintings of clothing are not about the wearer but do reflect human presence. Figurative – the paintings combine compositional elements that are suggested to the artist in periods of distraction, reverie and reflection.