Born in 1951 - United States
Born in USA, Richard Harper worked several years in California before moving in Paris. Now, he lives in Normandie (France) secluded in Perche. Richard studied painting at the Los Angeles Art Center College of Design. He shares his life with his partner, Karen who creates artistic books. Richard Harper is focused on his painting and the human body is the center of his work even if he keeps a strong interest for the landscape painting.
Since the early 1980’s Richard Harper’s work has been focused on exploring the limits of realist painting. Attempting to hone representation down to its essentials he chose to restrict himself to the figure. Since then the human form has been central to his work and stands as not only a representation of the human being itself but of humanity and the experience of being.
In 1990, after several years of painting the nude in a single panel format, he began creating multiple panel compositions as an attempt to go beyond the traditional use of the figure and open up a more expansive interpretation of the work. By taking hyper detailed objective realism and juxtaposing it next to it’s polar opposite, minimalist non-objective painting, he is questioning how one looks at painting in terms of representational space, surface, and illusion.
His works involve multi-layering of several very thin translucent coats of paint. On the figures it takes on the mechanics of constructing each layer of the skin itself and requires several months of painting. From conception to completion a painting may encompass several years of gestation.
His goal is to create a work where the narrative aspects of traditional realist painting is minimalised. He sees his paintings more related to icons in the Christian Orthodox sense of the word. They are not as much to be looked at, as to be looked through.
2010 Galerie L’atelier d’Icare, le Mans, France
2009 Galerie La Bohême, Deauville, France
2008 Galerie Alain Blondel, Paris, France
1998 Bruce R Lewin Gallery, New York, USA
1991 Galerie Alain Blondel, Paris, France
1988 Galerie Alain Blondel, Paris, France (catalogue)
2012 Galerie L'Œil du Prince, Paris, France
2012 Galerie Maison d’Horbé, La Perrière, France
2011 Galerie Les Filets d’Helo, La Perrière, France
2011 G8 de l’Art, Galerie La Bohême, Deauville, France
2011 Galerie Alain Blondel, Paris, France
2010 Galerie Maison d’Horbé, La Perrière, France
2009 Galerie Alain Blondel, Paris, France
2009 Nude Art Today, Espace Commines, Paris, France
2008 Hôtel des Arts, Rémalard, France
2007 Galerie Maison d’Horbé, La Perrière, France
2007 Schlumberger Gallery, Santa Rosa,California, USA
2006 B C Space Gallery, Laguna Beach, California, USA
2005 Galerie Paty Métiers Arts, Nogent-le-Rotrou, France
2005 TALENT 2005 Emerging Artists, Allen Stone Gallery, New York, USA
2005 Galerie Alain Blondel, Paris, France
2004 Galerie Maison d’Horbé, La Perrière, France
2003 Schlumberger Gallery, Santa Rosa,California, USA
1999 Chateau de la Pellonnière, le Pin la Garenne, France
1998 Bruce R Lewin Gallery, New York, NY, USA
1997 Bruce R Lewin Gallery, New York, NY, USA
1996 LE CORPS DANS TOUS SES ETATS, Paris, France (catalogue)
1996 SALON DE MARS, Galerie Alain Blondel, Paris, France
1995 FIAC, Galerie Alain Blondel, Paris, France
1995 SALON D’ART CONTEMPORAIN, STRASBOURG, Galerie Alain Blondel
1995 SALON DE MARS, Galerie Alain Blondel, Paris, France
1994 FIAC, Galerie Alain Blondel, Paris, France
1993 Galerie Alain Blondel, Paris, France
1993 ART ATTACK, Galerie Montenay, Paris, France
1992 Galerie Alain Blondel, Paris, France
1990 FIAC, Galerie Alain Blondel, Paris, France
1990 SALON COMPARISONS, Paris, France
1989 AMERICAN ARTISTS IN FRANCE, Musée d’Avranche, France
1998 GALERIE Lafayette, Nice, France
1998 SALON DU DESSIN ET DE LA PEINTURE À L’EAU, Paris, France
1988 INTERNATIONAL GALLERY INVITATIONAL, New York, USA
1987 FIAC, Galerie Alain Blondel, Paris, France
1987 FIGURATION CRITIQUE, Paris, France
1987 SALON D’AUTOMNE, Rambouillet, France
1987 SALON DE PETIT FORMAT, Couvin, Belgium
1987 ARTS ET MUSIC ECHANGE, Paris, France
MEDIA & REVIEWS
2012 PORTRAIT ART TODAY, Patou editions, France
2010 ART DU NU/NUDE ART TODAY II, Patou editions, France
2009 ART DU NU/NUDE ART TODAY, Patou editions, France
2009 MU Magazine, p. 43-66, Spain, 'Pinturas recientes'
2008 AZART, no.36, décembre / janvier, p. 48 à 56 'Le corps et ses mystères'
2008 ESPAÇO & DESIGN, no. 61, p. 26, 27
2008 STAR PORTRAITS, 20 April, TV5 , France
1997 UNIVERS DES ARTS, juillet, p. 32, 34, France
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