Jim Richard's (born 1943, Port Arthur, TX) deft mixing of high and low cultural imagery looks to invisible spaces, often playfully considering the role of art within such quotidian concerns. Since the early 1990s, when he shifted from painting in acrylic to painting in oil, Richard's work has engaged the push-pull between Modernism and its environs. Now, working in the velvety matte surface of Flashe vinyl paints, Richard takes the conventions of paint-by-numbers into outdoor gardens while continuing to explore indoor environments.
Jim Richard received a BFA from Lamar State College of Technology, Beaumont, TX (1965) and an MFA from the University of Colorado (1968). He has exhibited his work internationally for the last 25 years, including most recently solo exhibitions at Inman Gallery, Houston, TX (2018, 2013, 2010 and 2004); Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA (2016 and 2008); the New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA (2012); and Jeff Bailey Gallery, New York, NY (2011). Richard received a Pollack-Krasner Foundation Award (2006) and a Joan Mitchell Foundation Award (2004). His work is in the collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; and the New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA, among others.
Jim Richard lives and works in New Orleans, LA.