Laurence Riddell was born in Belfast in 1960. In 1988 he graduated with a BA (Hons) degree in Fine Art from the University of Ulster. He is currently lecturing in drawing and painting on the BA in Visual Arts Practice at the Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT). He was an artist in residence in Kildangan Stud, 2003-2004, which culminated in a solo exhibition Provenance at the Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge, Co. Kildare, 2005. Riddell draws inspiration from traditional equestrian imagery where he examines the relationship between man and horse. Recent research, developed through collaboration with The University College Dublin Veterinary Department and The Irish Equine Centre in Co. Kildare, informs current artwork. Riddell’s work has already achieved international acclaim, covered in the Financial Times and compared to Bacon and Degas in The Irish Times. His last exhibition at the Oliver Sears Gallery in 2014 completely sold out. His work is included in many private collections. Laurence Riddell currently resides in Dublin.