Gerhard Ritter

Website: portraitsinoil.com.au

Blogsite: ritterart.blogspot.com.au              

Email: grit@iprimus.com.au

Bio

Since August 2003 I have changed my artistic emphasis from sculpture to focus almost exclusively on realist portrait work.

I began by teaching myself to paint in oil. In the nine years since then I have exhausted the subject matter available in my family and for me portraiture has become not just a pursuit – but a passion.

In recent years I have risen to the challenge of watercolour portraits.  My increasing interest in watercolour has led me to establish the South Australian Watercolour Society this year.  In the short time since its inauguration our Society has reached a paid up membership of more than 65 with a continuing stream of interest

President South Australian Watercolour Society Inc (Current), Fellow & former Director, Royal South Australian Society of Arts Inc Vice President ArtsNorth (formerly Elizabeth Art Society)Member Port Community Arts                                                            

Recent Awards

Campbelltown Rotary SA1st  Prize 2010, merit and people’s choice 2011

Port  Adelaide 2nd Prize 2010/11, 1st Prize 2008/9, 2nd 2007/8, Equal 1st 2005/6

Clare Commendation 2010, 1st Prize sculpture 2007

Walkerville 2nd Prize 2010 & people’s choice

St Peters Cathedral Art Show 1st Prize overall 2011 & 2008

Port Community Art Show, 1st prize 2011 & 2010, 3rd prize 2012(twice) also merit awards and people’s choice

Kapunda Art Society 1st Prize 2011, merit award 2009

Shirley Hannan Portrait Prize – Finalist 2008

Bald Archy - Finalist exhibition 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

Gawler Art Award 1st Prize 2012,2008, 2005; 1ST Prize w/c 2007

Solar Art Prize 2013 1st Prize Oil and Acrylic