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Richard McKown

Art by Richard McKown

 

Biography:

When Richard McKown was eleven he persuaded Judy Osburn to teach him painting. During high school, Jackie Faulkner, made sure he attended the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute, The Rhode Island School of Designís pre-college program and saw to it that he do his undergraduate work at the Kansas City Art Institute.  He received a fellowship from Yale University, and that experience set him on a path trying to reconcile all of his various interests and love of art. He lived in central France for four years working as an artist.  During that time his work focused almost entirely on sculptor. Sculpture led him to Boston University for his masterís degree.

Richardís painting is about taking the richness of all the visual information thatís available in front of you and compressing it into a painting. Trying to synthesize the human expression of classical art with the directness of ideas in abstract color-field painting.  For him, painting is a collaborative process with the model, someone willing to show up and sit still, and wear the same clothes again and again, and see the painting come together and fall apart, have the pose change, and be willing to do this for three or four months, to be a model one must really want to see the painting be made. This work is about weaving the figure into the two dimensional surface of the painting, about the collection of experience with the model over time, and trying to find the painting language to express the emotional complexity of this experience.


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