© the artist's estate. Photo credit: Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre
Geoff Rigden (1943–2016)
Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre
Artist working in a variety of media, including abstract paintings and constructions with found objects. He was born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, and studied at Somerset College of Art, 1960–3, and Royal College of Art, 1963–6. Was artist-in-residence at Cyprus College of Art, 1979, and a visiting lecturer at Winchester School of Art and Canterbury College of Art in 1982. He was a prizewinner at John Moores Liverpool Exhibition in 1965, and at Tolly Cobbold Exhibition in 1977.
Other group shows included second Summer Show at Serpentine Gallery in 1979, Hayward Annual in 1980–2, British Artists at Cyprus School of Art, at Woodlands Art Gallery in 1983, Whitechapel Open in 1989, and John Moores, 2002. Had solo shows at Studio, Greenwich, and Spacex Gallery, Exeter, in 1981, Francis Graham-Dixon, 1993, and Cross Street Gallery, 2000. Rigden’s brightly coloured pictures were said to owe something to his love of music, notably jazz, having singular rhythmic qualities. Gained Greater London Arts Association Awards in 1979–82. Arts Council holds his work. Lived in London.
Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)