Richard Nott trained as a fashion designer at Kingston University.
Following that he went to work as design assistant to the designer Valentino in Rome. After three marvellous years in Italy immersed in sunshine, couture, history and pasta Nott moved back to the UK and for the next ten years returned to Kingston University as Principal Lecturer in fashion design. Eventually, wanting to re-enter the fashion industry as an independent designer, Nott co-founded the cult fashion company 'Workers for Freedom' which was awarded British Fashion Council Designer of the Year in 1990. In 2000 Nott sold 'Workers for Freedom' and I was free to fulfil a lifelong ambition and become a painter. Having worked in the fashion industry all his life, Nott haddeveloped a respect and love for texture, shape and pattern. Wanting to incorporate this into his work led to an initial series of paintings inspired by clothing. Gaining access to the reserve collections in the Victoria and Albert museum and the Kensington Palace Court Collection in London, exhibitions in the Museé des Arts Decoratifs in Paris and the royal kaftans held in the Topkapi museum in Istanbul Nott was able to make large paintings of iconic historic garments from different cultures and periods in time.
This work was presented in a one man show at Browse and Darby in Cork Street, London Then, after moving to Kent and ten years of living in and looking after a 15thC National Trust house, Nott moved to the south coast and into an urban environment which prompted a series of paintings involving figures and masks. And, recently, after another move, settling on the South Downs and looking out towards the sea, Nott's work has taken a semi abstract path but still retains the decorative hints of a long career in fashion.