Liz Rideal is an artist, writer, and Professor of Fine Art at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London. Working across a variety of media including photography, printmaking, and painting, Rideal explores themes of drapery, portraiture and pilgrimage in her work.
Rideal’s work has been shown in numerous exhibitions across Europe and America, and her work is held in public collections including Tate, Victoria & Albert Museum, British Museum, The National Portrait Gallery, and The Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada. A prolific writer, Rideal is well known for publications including Mirror/Mirror: Self-portraits by Women Artists, National Portrait Gallery, London and How to Read Painting, Bloomsbury, London, and Rizzoli, NY, 2014, and 2015.
In 2005 Dovecot Studios approached Rideal to collaborate on a tapestry inspired by a series of photo-booth images of textiles and human hands. Commissioned by The Contemporary Art Society on behalf of the textile collection of Castle Museum Nottingham, the resulting work, Tapis Volant was incredibly detailed and led to a further collaboration with Rideal the following year titled Verdure.