Mike Ritch

Mike Ritch’s work investigates man’s changing relationship to the natural world.

More specifically, Ritch explores our contradictory and conflicted relationship with

the other animals and our continuing fascination with them. Though he is known

primarily for his paintings his work reflects an interest in a diverse range of media

including oils, watercolors, collage, printmaking, and sculpture.

 

Ritch’s inspiration often begins with a vague idea from a flashbulb memory of an

experience, a news article, or perhaps a photograph or video he has seen online.

He creates the image with an open mind allowing the painting to lead the way. In

his work distortion and an emphasis on the properties of the material serve as

a manifestation of the idea and as a record of the act of creating. The fluid and

unpredictable nature of paint lends an element of chance to the process and appeals

to his sense of art making as an act of discovery.

 

Ritch has exhibited extensively throughout the Bay Area and nationally. He

currently lives and works in San Francisco.

 

Curriculum Vitae: Download

 

Education


San Francisco Art Institute

BFA Painting

2003


Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts

Exchange Program

2002


USC

BA Psychology

2000


selected exhibitions


Tigers of the Sea mural

2013 ongoing public installation


Sadie Lune’s Biological Clock

2011


Talking Heads

Santa Fe, New Mexico

2008


Behemoth with Joshua Hagler

San Francisco, CA

2007


San Francisco, CA

2007


Solo Exhibition

San Francisco, CA

2007


San Francisco, CA

2007


San Francisco

2007


San Francisco, CA

2005


Winter Print Show

2002


Bay Area 8

2002