Richard Chrisp (b. 1944), Gisborne, New Zealand.
After studying French and Italian at Victoria University, Chrisp worked as a journalist and theatre critic for the Information and Press Department in Wellington. He then spent the next five years travelling throughout Europe, where he attended summer school classes at the École des Beaux Arts in Paris.
On returning to New Zealand, Chrisp began painting more seriously – exhibiting regularly at the Hauraki House Gallery with “Group 9” under his mentor and tutor Agnes Wood; and in 1984 held his first solo show. Since then he has steadily exhibited both in New Zealand and abroad. Prizes include the 1987 Royal Commonwealth Society Open Section Art Award and the 1990 Michael Maffar Award.
Working predominantly in watercolour, Chrisp has a beautifully fluid and spontaneous brush stroke that gives his paintings a dynamic quality. Soft washes and delicate lines allow the viewer to sense the changing moods of the environment. He has been strongly influenced by the work of Matisse, Dufy and Cezanne.