Richard's paintings are very unique in that he chars the wood base with a torch, leaving untouched areas of the wood that show through, creating the object and subject of the painting. He then finishes the painting with white pastel to highlight certain areas. Here is more about his work, in his words:
"My work since 1995 has utilized burning. Either rapidly or slowly, everything burns. The stars, planets, rocks, earth, plants and animals, molecules and atoms, quarks and maybe tachyons--everything that springs into tangible existence starts being consumed by the oxidation of time. This idea has informed my work since I first moved from skill building to the "aware expression of idea". I don't know why this is so, it just feels right. (Some say, that I'm really an arsonist at heart and have simply found a polite and productive way to deal with that tendency.) "
|Sea Bones, by Richard Painter, 18 x 60, charred wood with pastel|
|Painter's work as featured in April Issue of Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles|
|Richard with his new work, at Pryor Fine Art|