Originally part of the British street art scene of the early noughts, Richt, aka Rich Thorne, has been straddling the illustration and painting worlds ever since. Establishing himself painting walls and exhibiting his work worldwide, he was featured in Tristan Manco’s influential Street Sketchbook, leading on to commercial work as an illustrator and art director for Aardman and the BBC.
Richt’s recent experiments have seen him progress further still. His collaborations, including the epic ‘Spider Mandem’ collectible figure with Trap Toys, denote an irreverence for authority and a tongue-in-cheek sense of heroism, alongside other recurring themes further explored in his current work.
Abstracting the graffiti aesthetic and combining it with his love for the 60s and 70s comic book artists, Richt’s refined lines and bold palettes reference the work of greats such as Jack Kirby.
Most recently he has traveled to the States and Europe painting large-scale murals, including work with Hawaiian street art czars Pow! Wow! in DC. Richt currently works from his studio in Bristol, UK.