Richard Sorrell is a painter of invented figurative paintings – ‘people doing things’. His distinctive pictures are reinventions of reality, based on a lifetime of drawing and painting and looking at life. For some years he worked mainly as a landscape, portrait and still life painter, and as a painter of aerial views, mainly of grand houses.

He was President of the Royal Watercolour Society from 2006-9, and is also a member of the New English Art Club, the Royal Society of British Artists and the Art Workers Guild. He has had many solo and group shows in Britain and USA. His work is represented in the V&A Museum, Museum of London and the collection of the National Trust, and in many private collections.

Richard Sorrell lives with his wife Sue in the far west of Cornwall.



Richard Sorrell was born in 1948, the son of Alan Sorrell, the historical draughtsman and painter, and Elizabeth Sorrell, the watercolourist.

He studied at the Royal Academy Schools (Post Graduate Course), having also attended Walthamstow Art School (Pre-Diploma) and Kingston College of Art (Dip AD)

He was elected to the Royal Watercolour Society in 1975, served as Vice President of that society 2002 - 05, and was elected President 2006 - 09.

He was an Executive Committee member of the New English Art Club 1995 - 2006 and 2009-10, and is also a member of the Royal Society of British Artists (by whom he was awarded the De Laslo Medal in 2002). He is a member of the Small Paintings Group, the Art Workers Guild and the Chelsea Arts Club.

Richard Sorrell has also served as an executive committee member of the National Artists Association. He was a Governor of the Mall Galleries from 2000-06.

2013 Published ‘Alan Sorrell, The Life and Works of a Neo-Romantic Artist’ edited by Richard Sorrell and Sacha Llewellyn. ISBN: 978-1-908326-37-9


1971 - present         Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions

1975 - present        Royal Watercolour Society Exhibitions

1985 - present        Royal Society of British Artists (featured artist 1993)

1995 - present        New English Art Club

2009 - present       Small Pictures Group

1975                        DLI Museum and Art Gallery, Durham

1978                        Beecroft Art Gallery, Southend on Sea

1980                       Hayward Gallery, Lutyens Exhibition

1981 - 93                 Agnews

1992                       Cadogan Gallery

1994/6                    Lynn Strover Gallery, Cambridge

1996                       The Old Workshop Gallery, Norfolk

1996                       Kentmere House Gallery, York

1996 - present       LLewellyn Alexander Gallery

1996 - 2008          Manor House Gallery, Chipping Norton

1997                       Leamington Spa Art Gallery (with Edmund Fairfax-Lucy)

1997 - 09               Langham Fine Art

1997 - present       Thompson's Gallery, Stow on the Wold and Marylebone

                               Woodgates Gallery, East Bergholt

                               Brian Sinfield Gallery

2002/3                  Guildford Arts (Mill Gallery)

1985 - present       Art in Action

2002 - 06              Sheen Gallery

2003                      Alresford Gallery

2003 & 2007        Alpha House Gallery, Sherbourne Dorset

2003 - present     Galleries Sternberg, Chicago

2008                     Chappel Galleries, Essex

2009                     Rainyday Gallery, Penzance

2010 - present      Fosse Gallery, Stow on the Wold

2010                      Rowley Fine Art , Winchester

2010 - 12               Petleys Gallery

2015                     Works on Paper Fair

2016                     Artichoke Gallery, Ticehurst, E Sussex

2017                     Wolfson College, Cambridge

2018                     Bankside Gallery, London (solo)


Victoria and Albert Museum: aerial view of Channel Tunnel workings at Shakespeare cliff, with supporting material and drawings

The National Trust: aerial views of Blickling, Ickworth, Uppark and paintings of Calke Abbey, Flatford

Mill, Oakhurst Cottage,Surrey

The Museum of London

The Faringdon Collection

Norwich City Council

The Courtauld Institute

Godalming Museum

Beecroft Art Gallery, Southend on Sea

Basildon Arts Trust

In 2001 Richard Sorrell presented a picture of her Centenary parade to HM Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.