Born in 1944, Barbara Richardson studied at Chelsea School of Art from 1975 to1979 and gained a BA (Hons) in Fine Art. At Chelsea she was awarded the Christopher Head Scholarship and represented the college at the Royal Society of Portrait Painters.
Since then she has won many other awards (listed below) and, in addition to numerous exhibitions at private galleries, has shown at the Portrait Award Exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, Royal Academy of Art Summer Exhibitions, New English Art Club, Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Royal Institute of Painters in Oil, Royal Society of British Artists, Royal Watercolour Society, The London Group, Singer & Friedlander / Sunday Times Art competition and the Discerning Eye.
Richardson was elected a full member of the Royal Society of British Artists in 1998.
The Gordon Hulson Memorial Prize 2012
Keepers Choice, RBA Exhibition 2011
The de Laszlo Medal 2007
UBS Prize 2004
Davison Award for Best Group of Paintings 2003
Edward Wesson Award for Watercolour 1999
Davison Award for Oil Painting 1996