Size: 46"W x 48"H x 2"D
Year Created: 2016
Ready to Hang
This is the largest painting in my most recent series of paintings about light reflecting off water. Every year for the past twenty years I've spent a long weekend in a canoe, floating down the river with a group of friends I've known for over twenty years. All but one of these friends are professional photographers, so I rarely take photographs on these trips; their shots from the river are so beautiful I don't feel the need to even bring a camera. But the reflections of light off the water are so powerful and tenacious, all I need do is close my eyes and I can see the reflections. I've tried to capture some of this natural beauty in this new series. I hope you like it.
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.