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Richard Harper

Born in: 1951

United States

Biography
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.
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  • Painting

  • Painting Abstract

  • Painting Nude

  • Painting Landscape

  • Painting Oil

  • American Artist

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Richard Harper, A Distant Light, Painting

Richard Harper

A Distant Light, 2016
13 x 13 inch
Painting

$1,767

Richard Harper, Le vent soufflait de l'est, Painting

Richard Harper

Le vent soufflait de l'est, 2009
13 x 8.7 inch
Painting

$1,767

Richard Harper, Les nuages étaient blues, Painting

Richard Harper

Les nuages étaient blues, 2009
13 x 8.7 inch
Painting

$1,767

Richard Harper, Katrina, Painting

Richard Harper

Katrina, 2009
6.3 x 13.4 inch
Painting

$2,827

Richard Harper, Kralovna, Painting

Richard Harper

Kralovna, 2009
13.4 x 10.2 inch
Painting

$2,827

Richard Harper, Léa, Painting

Richard Harper

Léa, 2010
8.3 x 16.1 inch
Painting

$2,827

Richard Harper, Un Après-midi Solitaire, Painting

Richard Harper

Un Après-midi Solitaire, 2016
59.1 x 39.4 inch
Painting

$6,244

Richard Harper, Marie-Eve, Painting

Richard Harper

Marie-Eve, 2005
36.2 x 28.7 inch
Painting

$17,671

Richard Harper, De l'autre côté de la vallée, Painting

Richard Harper

De l'autre côté de la vallée, 2009
47.2 x 47.2 inch
Painting

$6,244

Richard Harper, Magdalene, Painting

Richard Harper

Magdalene, 2014
28.7 x 20.5 inch
Painting

$16,493

Richard Harper, Victoria, Painting

Richard Harper

Victoria, 2008
40.6 x 27.2 inch
Painting

$19,438

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Richard Harper, Christelle, Painting

Richard Harper

Christelle, 2008
17.3 x 37 x 2 inch
Painting

$21,205

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