Ralph Freeman





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RALPH FREEMAN - Another Place to Be, 2015

Born in London, Ralph Freeman studied at St Martin’s and Harrow Schools of Art 1961-1965.

He worked as an artist, musician, designer and art director in London and Europe until 1983, whereafter he painted exclusively. He also composes and continues to perform as a jazz pianist which informs aspects of and themes in his painting.

After moving to St Ives in 1988 he was elected member of the Newlyn and the Penwith Societies of Artists and in 1996 was awarded an Arts Council tenancy of No.6 Porthmeor Studios. He formed the St Ives Jazz Club in 1998, nominated Jazz Venue Of The Year, 2015 in the All Parliamentary Jazz Awards. In 2012 he relocated and now works from his London studio.

His work has been exhibited in the UK, Germany, Italy, Holland and USA.

Selected solo exhibitions
Tate St Ives ; Freud Museum, London; Camden Arts Centre, London; Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro; Gardner Arts Centre, Sussex; Louise Hallett Gallery, London; Castello di Pomerio, Milan; Artspace, London; Millennium Gallery, St Ives (regular shows 1999 - 2010); Campden Gallery, Chipping Campden; and Thackeray Gallery, London (regular shows since 2013).

Selected group exhibitions
Wordsworth Trust, London; New Mexico Artists for Peace, and Chicago Art Expo, U.S.A.; Edinburgh Festival; Falmouth Art Gallery, Newlyn Gallery, Millennium Gallery, and Penwith Galleries, Cornwall; Maidstone Museum; Nunnery Gallery, London; Royal West of England Academy, Bristol; Beatrice Royal Gallery, Bath; Jean Monet Haus, Berlin; Ben Uri Gallery, London.

Public collections
Freud Museum, London; Yad Vashem, Jerusalem; Falmouth Art Gallery; Yamaha, Alco Corp, Korea.

Visiting lectureships
Central St Martin’s College of Art; University College Falmouth; University of Sussex; University of Central England and Bournemouth College of Art.

Commissions have included murals, stage sets, photographic projects and a wide range of cultural, musical, social and corporate multimedia design work. He has been the subject of numerous publications, more recently including The Journal of the History of Modern Art  (G.Morra).