Jim Richard: Darn That Dream

Exhibition Dates: March 5 – April 23, 2016
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 5 from 6–8 pm
Gallery Location: 432 Julia Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
Hours: Tuesday–Saturday, 10 am–5 pm
Contact Info: 504.522.1999; arthurrogergallery.com

The Arthur Roger Gallery is pleased to present Darn That Dream, an exhibition of paintings by Jim Richard. At the artist’s invitation, the gallery is also exhibiting work by Cheryl Donegan, Amy Feldman, Wayne Gonzales and Lisa Sanditz. The exhibition will be on view at Arthur Roger Gallery, located at 432 Julia Street, from March 5 – April 23, 2016. The gallery will host an opening reception with the artist in attendance on Saturday, March 5 from 6-8 pm.

Pretty Boy, 2016 | Flashe on canvas | 49 1/2 x 50 1/2 inches

Pretty Boy, 2016 | Flashe on canvas
49 1/2 x 50 1/2 inches

Darn That Dream is Jim Richard’s ninth exhibition with the gallery. Featured are small- to large-scale works rendered in Flashe, oil and gouache, on canvas, linen and paper. The works, created over the last few years, continue the artist’s remarkable series of paintings that depict high style domestic interiors flecked with period furniture, kitsch objects, and works of art usually with a modernist flavor. Also included are paintings that depict gardens or backyards that are inhabited with (and interrupted by) references to modern art.

The artist peruses magazines and other print materials for visual examples of wall treatments, furniture and upholstery. The collected references are fused and then adorned with imagined fine art paintings and sculpture, conceiving elegant yet dissonant interior and exterior spaces.

Pretty Boy, a large-scale Flashe on canvas, features a disproportionately-sized wooden toy elephant designedly stationed in a lush yard environment. The natural wood tones of the elephant distinctly separate it from the background comprised wholly of various values of pink.
Art in the Garden presents a backdrop of flora speckled with hanging works of art in the foreground reminiscent of a mobile
without any strings. The two planes are visually harmonious despite a seemingly reversed depth of field.

Also included in the exhibition are small-scale collages made up of found images superimposed with uncharacteristically organic painted works of art.

Jim Richard received his M.F.A. from the University of Colorado. He has exhibited at the Whitney Museum, the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the New Orleans Museum of Art, and the Museum of the Twentieth Century in Vienna, Austria. In 2004, he was awarded the Joan Mitchell Foundation Award in Painting, and in 2006, the Pollack-Krasner Foundation award. He is in numerous collections including The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Houston, TX; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY; the Collection of Beth Rudin DeWoody; the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA; and the New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA. He is a professor emeritus of Painting at the University of New Orleans.