Born in Christchurch in 1917, John Ritchie studied at Canterbury School of Art, graduating in 1940 and then exhibiting at the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts from 1944. He served in the army in World War II recording his experiences in watercolour. He taught art and secondary level and in 1956 was appointed head of the Art Department at Auckland Teachers College. In 1965 he was awarded a QEII Arts Council Grant and with family travelled and studied in Japan. He retired from teaching in 1977.
We have records of art auction sales by John Ritchie from 1989 and in total 53 works by the artist have been offered for sale, of which 41 (77%) were sold. The highest price recorded for the artist is $7,800 for Grain Carriers, Egypt sold by Lawson~Menzies (now trading as Menzies) in April 2007. No works have been offered for sale this year, and the last sale we have recorded for the artist was in 2023. Works by John Ritchie are held by the Auckland Art Gallery.
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