Ilana Richardson & Guests

May 2016 Open House in Brighton on four weekends in May

Saturdays & Sundays 7 / 8, 14/ 15, 21 / 22, 28/ 29 May from 11am to 5pm

Ilana is delighted to be opening her Studio in Hove again during May as part of the Brighton Festival. She has invited 7 guest artists to exhibit with her. There will be paintings, prints, photograpy, ceramics, textiles and jewellery.

66 Langdale Gardens, Hove BN3 4HH

Yellow Bicycle, Revisited

Ilana had just re-launched a limited edition Giclee Print of Yellow Bicycle, a long loved image image on its 25th anniversary, named Yellow Bicycle, Revisited. It comes in two large sizes, in addition to the existing small version.

Move to Brighton

Ilana is now based in Brighton and will hold her Open House at her studio during the Brighton Festival in May 2016.

Sussex Watercolour Society

Ilana was chosen to become a member of the Sussex Watercolour Society. She has exhibited at the society's exhibitions in Lewes Henfield and is showing at the Henfield in June 16.


A trip to Kerala in Southern India was hugely inspiring. Most themes are very watery and will require a new approach. Particularly inspiring are reflections of palm and banana trees in the network of canals and lakes, with human presence experiences through a lone boat or some washing suspended from palm trees.

Cape Town

A recent trip to South Africe was very exciting. Apart from the lush vegetation and the Cape Dutch architecture, Ilana is particularly inspired by Bo Kapp, the Cape-Malay quarter in Cape Town, with its vividly painted houses and steep cobbled streets.


A wedding invitation brought Ilana to Guatemala. After the wedding right on the shore of the shimmering Lago Petén, Ilana travelled in the tropical North of the country and in the mountainous South West, fringed by dozens of volcanos. Some of the vibrant colours and architecture brought back evocative memories of her journeys through Mexico in the late 90's but there were many new scenes to explore and be inspired by.

Rhodes & Symi

A trip to Rhodes and Symi for some new inspiration was a very successful. Ilana spent the rest of the year painting hot and colourful Greek scenes.


Ilana found Crete both similar and different from other Greek islands. She fell in love with the charming old harbour of Chania and was inspired by the remote, steep mountain villages with vine covered houses and geraniums spilling from old oil drums.


A recent visit to the island of Mykonos in Greece, has brought Ilana back to the Cycladic architectutre she loves. Its been wonderfully inspiring. She has already created a series of small paintings and plans to spend the next few months immersed in Greek light.


Ilana's Moroccan pictures have been very popular - in fact just one original painting is still available, of a fabulous courtyard in Marrakesh.


A couple of trips to France inspired some evocative paintings of the tranquil Ile de Ré with its lovely white houses, blue shutters and its many bicycles, and the Dordogne's honey-coloured houses and vine-covered facades including Vine Terrace and Domme, which now also appear as limited edition prints.


A trip to Israel last year inspired some atmospheric paintings of the chapel on the Mount of Beatitudes, above the sea of Galilee and of the unreal turquoise of the Dead Sea.


A winter trip to Luxor inspired Ilana's paintings of the Nile. The graceful Feluccas gliding up and down the calm waters of the Nile are particularly delightful against the palm groves on the far bank at sunset.