IN 2015, AFTER AN AWARD-WINNING CAREER MAKING TELEVISION COMMERCIALS, RICHARD QUIT ADVERTISING AND DEVOTED HIMSELF FULL-TIME TO HIS FIRST LOVE: THE FINE ART OF PAINTING.
RICHARD’S ART EXPLORES THE BEAUTY AND COMPLEXITY OF ORDINARY OBJECTS, THINGS WE LOOK AT EVERYDAY BUT RARELY SEE. INCREASING OR DECREASING SCALE AND ISOLATING, MAKING THEM ARRESTINGLY HARD TO IGNORE.
RICHARD PAINTS IN A STUDIO IN HIS 18TH CENTURY HOME IN NORTHERN WESTCHESTER, NY.
When we look at the personality of inanimate objects set against the natural world that surrounds them, we find ourselves in a global museum. These objects, though, are not presented before us as in a sculpture garden, but as we use them without really seeing them we are more likely flying past them at 65 miles an hour. These objects of porcelain, metal, wood, and hard plastics are quite perfect in that their form follows their function. They are fantastically powerful, bizarrely complex yet simultaneously simple. They surround us in our world, working within the bounds of physics in complete silence. Sometimes they are so small we never really see them and sometimes they tower over us, beautiful in the perfection of their function. “Powerline” looks at one such object. The greatest influences in my work are Duchamp, Okeef, Warhol, Jasper Johns, Juan Gris and Max Ernst, Ray Bradbury, and Arthur Conan Doyle.