Size: 11.75"W x 15.5"H x 1"D
Year Created: 2016
Ready to Hang
I opened my first studio in Chicago in 1983 after traveling through Europe. I had just finished art school and spent 6 months traveling from Ireland to Greece. Seeing the artwork I'd been studying in art history was eye opening. I was especially moved by the frescos. The fact that the pigment and surface were fused together due to the thermosetting properties of plaster intrigued me. There was no distinction between surface and color. I had been working with oils and continued to do so, but I began to experiment with plaster. I also traveled as often as I could. Almost everywhere I went I would encounter some form of fresco. What really moved me were the remnants of fresco left behind by ancient cultures. Time had given the surfaces a patina that I found compelling. When I discovered Hydrocal I realized I could make framed, light weight frescos that still retained the surface qualities of plaster. All the paintings here are frescos. Thanks for taking the time to look at them.
Richard Longhi has been making art in Chicago since 1983. He studied Fine Art at the U of I, Chicago and Writing and Philosophy at the U of Mo, Columbia. He is an intrepid explorer and is particularly interested in the art of ancient cultures. He has traveled extensively in Europe, Mexico, Central America and South America, Native American Hopi and Navajo lands and First Nations lands in Canada. His early work was mostly oil paint on canvas but in 1989 he began to experiment with fresco and secco techniques. He also toyed with alternative photographic transfer techniques. His imagery is informed by Jungian Psychology of Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious. He is influenced by explorations in archeology, philosophy and physics, studying Fractals, Strange Attractors, String, Chaos and Emergence theories. Early imagery continues to appear in his most current work. Richard has been in numerous one-man shows and exhibits. His work is in both private and corporate collections.