Harold Riley attended Salford Grammar School and in 1951 won a scholarship to the Slade School of Fine Art, University College, London. After a one-year postgraduate course at the Slade he won a travel scholarship to Italy, followed by a British Council Scholarship to study in Spain and went on to study in Florence and Spain before returning to Salford, where he has lived ever since. Riley has been awarded honorary doctorates by the universities of Salford, Manchester, London and Florence and completed his National Service as an Officer in 1957. In 1960 Riley returned to Salford, where he now lives and works.
Featured image: Harold Riley - Landscape with power stations - image courtesy of Christies