Ron RichmondOscar Wilde wrote in The Picture of Dorian Gray, “All art is at once surface and symbol”.
The actual layer of paint on canvas or board is the surface, which fact can never be ignored. The mere marks, lines, brushstrokes that make up the surface are also symbols. They may, if only purely abstract and formal in presentation, still symbolize to the eye, mind, or heart ideas and meanings only realized by the subconscious yearnings for archetypes. Archetypes begin as personal and present themselves to the collective, the individual to the common.
If those marks begin to represent something recognizable, regardless of subject, they still symbolize the object, never actually becoming it. A paradox lies in the fact that no matter how exact an object is represented, it is still an illusionistic symbol of something else.
A good work should be surface and symbol, cognitive and spiritual, freedom and restraint.
These are the things I think about when I paint.
Ron Richmond’s work employs symbolism both in subject matter and in form. His paintings explore the relationship of opposites: light and darkness, the living and the decaying, order and chaos, sin and redemption, the ethereal and the concrete.
Richmond has exhibited his paintings in galleries and museums in major cities throughout the United States such as New York, Washington D.C., Atlanta, and San Francisco; and in London. His work is collected by museums; corporations such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Continental Airlines, Credit Suisse and Omni Hotels; as well as by many private individuals.
He was awarded second place in the still life category in the 2006 Art Renewal Center Salon, a prestigious international online exhibition. He is looking forward to a solo exhibition at the Miclheson Museum of Art in Marshall, Texas in the winter of 2010.
Richmond received M.F.A. and B.F.A. degrees from Brigham Young University.
He has worked as a professional artist for 17 years. He was born in Denver, Colorado and currently lives in Mt. Pleasant, Utah.