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Marcel Richter : Paintings 2007 to the Present

Saturday, April 23 - Saturday May 14, 2016

Deeply textured abstract paintings by internationally-exhibiting artist Marcel Richter. Mr. Richter lives and works in Maryland and has shown his work and has performed around the globe from Sydney, Australia, to Istanbul, Turkey.

See the artist's introduction to this exhibition on YouTube
See the Times Observer article on this exhibition: Part 1, Part 2

Artist's statement
I am fascinated by the concept that paint laid down on canvas or paper in a non-representational pattern can engender powerful emotions like joy, wonder, and awe in the viewer. I believe that, when this occurs, a painting must have a meaning beyond itself, and it must represent a kind of heightened energy state with which the viewer resonates at some level.

When I paint, I am also trying to capture this kind of heightened energy state. This "energy" is difficult to define and describe, yet I am certain that it exists. As I've strained to will an energetic charge onto a canvas, I've often found paint self-organize in remarkable and wonderful ways. There is something very mysterious, almost mystical to me in the act of painting.

As I explore the energetic potential of different media and combinations of media, I also explore different facets of abstraction: Abstract painting is traditionally divided into two categories: Abstraction that is still in some measure representational, where objects are distilled to their essence, and, on the other hand, abstraction that is completely non-representational and self-referential. My body of work straddles these two kinds of abstraction, but falls mostly into an area between them: I believe a painting can represent or mean something beyond itself, without divulging what that meaning is - often even to the painter him- or herself.

I hope that my works reflect and transmit, even to a small degree, the exhilaration and joy I feel when I create them."

Artist's website

Ice, 26 x 20, oil on paper
Antioch, 14 x 18, oil on canvas