Anji Richards

Anji Richards studied at the London College of Fashion, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and the London College of Printing.

She has exhibited work at the Mall Gallery, Brixton Art Gallery, Tate Library, R.K. Burt, Bettie Morton Gallery, Camberwell Arts Festival, The RAC Club London, Chelsea Arts Club and La Galleria, Pall Mall.

She was shortlisted for this years BP Portrait award.

Her work is in several private collections in different countries including Australia, Jamaica, New York, Spain and France.

“As a black female artist I think it is important to show representation from a black perspective.

I constantly hear and read about how the darker your skin is the more stigma is attached to it.

With this recent series of paintings I’ve been studying myself and looking at skin tone in particular. The four panels entitled Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter, look at the misconception by many that black skin does not tan like white skin. It refers to the ranges of tone my skin can become throughout the seasons and how I embrace this.

With other works I’ve also tried to look at how light reflects on black skin.”