These paintings by Richard Slimon deal with the poetic nature of abstraction. They share an affinity with the abstract dynamics in music, with line used in counterpoint to vivid color, and lyricism residing within formality. But being visual, these works are directly concerned with the flat, fluid space of painting, and metaphorically are derived from the observable world: the muted planes of landscape, the contrasting angles of architecture and, underlying all, shadows from the human condition. Such hints of reality serve as a tether for Slimon’s visual invention and emotional expression.
Richard Slimon earned a BFA degree in painting from the St. Louis School of Fine Art at Washington University. After receiving a graduate fellowship from the University of Wichita, he served briefly as Acting Director of the Wichita Art Museum. He then became a teaching fellow at the university while earning his MFA degree in painting. His teaching experiences include an Artist-in-Residency at the University of Iowa, Iowa City. He is Professor Emeritus at Emporia State University, where he taught drawing and painting for many years.
Richard Slimon's work is included in private, corporate, university and museum collections throughout the country. His many awards include a purchase from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. He has had twenty-five one-man shows and has participated in numerous invitational and competitive exhibitions.