Ceri Giraldus Richards 1903–1971 , artist, was born into a Welsh speaking, highly cultured, working class family in Dunvant , near Swansea. Music and poetry were important in his family life and were manifest in his later work : the poetry of Dylan Thomas was often represented in his painting and drawing. He became an accomplished pianist.
He was educated at Swansea College of Art later winning a scholarship to The Royal College of Art after which he was largely based in London.Ceri Richards was a prize winner at the 1962 Venice Biennale.
His work is found in many prestigious collections worldwide from the Metropolitan Museum , New York, to the National Museum of Wales.
Henry Moore, his one time tutor, described Ceri Richards as “the finest draughtsman of his generation and an artist of unique creative and imaginative gifts and achievements”
Mel Gooding is an art historian, curator and writer. He is uniquely able to talk about Ceri Richards being related by marriage. He is a well known author who has published widely and whose work include books and monographs from Surrealist Games to Gillian Ayres [biography ] to Song of the Earth : European artists and the Landscape.
After graduating MA [English] from the University of Sussex he taught at the Sidney Webb College of Education and lectured in English at the London Polytechnic. Later he became the Senior Research Fellow at Edinburgh College of Art. He was made Professor at Wimbledon School of Art in 2006.
He is a member of the International Association of Art Critics.
Mel Gooding in his role as curator of numerous prestigious exhibitions was responsible for the Ceri Richards Graphics at the National Museum of Wales 1979-80.