Sofia Resting, Pastel, 55 x 30 cm


Tatiana Reclining, Pastel, 70 x 42 cm


Ryk Pryke

The majority of my artwork is drawn directly from life, but I also enjoy working with creative photographers. When drawing from a life model with fixed length poses, I express myself through composition, mark making, colour choice, tone and line.

Creating artwork from reference photos offers me a longer period to study detail and interpret the figure or portrait. Whether working from a model or with photographs, the aim is always to find a harmony in my work between expression and accurate representation of the subject.

I use a broad colour pallet in my artwork and combine gestural mark-making with detailed line and tone observations. I predominantly work in soft pastel and compressed charcoal but also use inks, acrylics and gouache in my mixed media pieces.

Although I am largely self-taught, I have also had the pleasure of attending workshops held by two contemporary figure drawing artists who I admire greatly:

Caroline Deane – Hampstead School of Art - 2017

Crawfurd Adamson – The Beacon, Hastings - 2015

I joined the Colchester Art Society in 2018 and had work shown in their last two annual winter exhibitions (2018 & 2019) and their summer exhibition (2018) held at The Minories Art Gallery in Colchester.

Instagram: @rykprykeart