Artful Interiors | Susan Ryder

Happy Thursday! It is truly happy for me as I have stumbled upon a gold mine of sorts. I have recently discovered the work of British painter Susan Ryder (many of you are probably  familiar with her paintings but she’s a wonderful surprise to me). She specializes in both portrait painting and interiors, as you will see in a minute. She has the best eye for interior design, I’ve never seen more beautiful renderings (and in oil, no less!). Oil can be such a tricky medium when capturing minutiae but her paintings can range both in scale (large scenes as well as sublime miniatures) and mood. She has painted romantic gardens and lush Victorian interiors, with the British manor house being one of her favorite settings.

Susan Ryder - Tutt'Art@ (14)

Susan Ryder was born in 1944 and started painting at a very early age, encouraged by her father Robert Ryder VC, a royal Navy Officer and recipient of the Victoria Cross (the highest award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded by the British and Commonwealth forces). Her style was inspired by the work of post-modernist artists like Édouard Vuillard, whose gentle interior scenes and sunlit gardens have had a lasting impression on Ryder’s painting. Her impressive career spans over half a century. She had her first Royal Academy exhibit at the age of 18, she became the member of the New English Art Club, as well as the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, where she served as president between 2002-2008.


The Card Table, Coudray 


The Drum Table

Her portrait subjects are vastly diverse, with  the most notable ones being HRH the Princess of Wales and HM the Queen. In 1981, the Prince of Wales commission Ryder to paint Diana’s portrait in her wedding dress while in 1995, the Royal Automobile Club commissioned a portrait of the Queen.

HRH The Princess of Wales

HRH the Princess of Wales

Completed over the course of five sittings in the Yellow Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace, the Queen’s portrait is currently displayed at the Royal Automobile Club in Pall Mall, London.


HM the Queen 

The interesting part is that Ryder’s most successful work is in interior painting. Her exhibits are almost entirely sold-out but you can commission new work through her website here. Bellow are  some of the most striking interiors she’s painted (most of them already sold to private collectors). Enjoy!


The Claret Jug


Drinking Out, Eating In

Susan Ryder - Tutt'Art@ (12)


Grand Salon, Summer with Red Roses

Susan Ryder - Tutt'Art@ (7)


The Terrace, Coudray

Susan Ryder - Tutt'Art@ (23)

Bedroom, Early Morning

Susan Ryder - Tutt'Art@ (21)




Le Petit Salon


Milly Asleep 

Susan Ryder - Tutt'Art@ (5)


The Mill House, Sarlat

Susan Ryder - Tutt'Art@ (13)

The Hall Lamp, Barrow


Hall Autumn Light


Drawing Room with Pink Shawl


Looking Through 


Sunlit Table, Belchester 


Red Wall, Red Roses


The Singing Bird 

Susan Ryder - Tutt'Art@ (10)



(Images are from Susan Ryder’s portfolio as well as from Panter and Hall}

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  1. January 24, 2018 / 12:38 pm

    Those are fantastic! My favorite is of and miss her dearly.

    • Eva Contreras
      January 24, 2018 / 3:53 pm

      She’ll be forever missed… Thank you, Denise!

  2. January 29, 2018 / 6:34 pm

    Oh my- those paintings are lovely! Thanks for sharing!!!

    • Eva Contreras
      January 29, 2018 / 7:28 pm

      Thank you, Marta! It was a happy discovery for me too, I love renderings, especially when they are this good 🙂

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