Entitled Enclose, Riddell has produced a series of charcoal studies, works on paper and oil paintings motivated by his lifelong fascination with the horse. At differing moments the imagery shifts focus from the anatomical to the mythical to the stage dramatic. Each scene presents an intimacy particular to portraiture while the handling of brush and paint bring life and light to a subject notoriously difficult to master. All the more remarkable when you learn that the horses are drawn from the artist’s memory.
Since 2003 research interests concerning the thoroughbred horse led Riddell to a 12 month residency at the world renowned Kildangan Stud in Monasterevin, Co. Kildare.
Current work draws from this research providing an opportunity to re-examine and re-evaluate work that was carried out during this period. The outcome is a series of works, a combination of staged and ambiguous imagery, that are more reflective than observed in their nature. Through drawing and painting the work is suggestive in its interpretation of the horse and confinement in which these animals exist.
Oil on paper 29.7 x 50.8 cm 2013
Oil on canvas 20 x 30.3 cm 2014
Oil on paper 18 x 20 cm 2014
Charcoal on paper 45.5 x 57 cm 2015