1952 - 2008
Richard Kidd, who died on July 19 aged 56, was successful both as an abstract artist and a children's author and was best known as the creator of the lobster chef Monsieur Thermidor.
Richard Kidd was born in Newcastle upon Tyne. He studied at Newcastle University 1970-74. He was a prizewinner in John Moores 9 1974 and awarded the Abbey Scholarship at the British School in Rome 1975-76. Between 1977 and 1993 he exhibited regularly with the Rowan Gallery London and from 1981 to 1987 he was based in New York. In 2001 he relocated back to the north of England.
Richard's paintings are still travelling and they are in many public collections at home and abroad, including the Arts Council, the British Council and The Museums of Modern Art in Zurich, San Francisco and Rio de Janeiro.