TOM RICHARD : TARGETS AND SPACES BETWEEN
SECOND WEDNESDAY OPENING RECEPTION: 03/13, 6 - 9 P.M.
artICULATE aRTIST tALK: sUNDAY, 03/10 AT 4 P.M.
Tom Richard’s current BRG exhibition, Targets and Spaces Between, is a playful presentation of two bodies of work. Viewers familiar with Richard’s previous work will recognize his signature use of childhood toys and silhouette portraits, though new elements of spontaneity are brought to the work for this exhibition.
“Targets with Toys” is a series of acrylic, watercolor, and ink pieces on paper using images of childhood toys nailed to targets. The targets are painted spontaneously, allowing the paint to drip by glazing the paint in multiple layers. The edges of these shapes and drips are then meticulously traced in ink.
“Spaces Between,” meanwhile, includes works that mimic what sections of the artist’s studio wall work-space “looks like” once the “real” work is removed from the wall. Illusionistic sticky notes, push pin holes, painter’s tape, and marks of paint or graphite are presented to question the concept of the “real”.
Richard has exhibited his paintings in various locations, including solo and group exhibitions in New York City, San Francisco, New Orleans, Chicago and Little Rock. Richard has been chosen by jurors around the country for special recognition in national and regional exhibitions, and recently had solo exhibitions at the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock, AR and the Laredo Center for the Arts in Laredo, TX.
Richard currently lives in Monticello, Arkansas where he is a Professor of Art at the University of Arkansas.
This exhibition is presented alongside the latest works from Christopher Brumfield, Paul Dean, and Leslie Elliottsmith. All works from these four artists are on view, free of charge, during normal gallery hours (12 - 6 p.m., Tue - Sun) through March 27, 2019.