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Lived/Active: Texas/Oregon / France/Poland      Known for: landscape, cityscape, still life, portraits harbor and canal scene painting

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Jean Richard was born in Lwow, Poland to a Polish father and French mother on January 7, 1914. His birth name was Ryszard Onyszkiewicz. He relocated to Paris during the Second World War. Following the war, he painted his way around the whole of the continent for 16 years.
In 1956, Richard moved to the United States and established himself in New York. Running low on funds, he bartered paintings from bundles of his completed canvases brought over from Europe, in exchange for living expenses and items to furnish his apartment.
Richard moved to Dallas, Texas in 1962. Over the next four years, Richard taught and sold paintings from his studio there and toured Texas, Mexico and South America, exhibiting his works and searching for inspiration. He also undertook at least one working trip to Europe during this time.
In 1966, after a showing of his work in Lubbock, Richard was impressed by the people and environs of West Texas and again relocated – this time to Lubbock where he established his residence and opened a studio. For the next several years, he continued teaching, painting and traveling in Mexico and the southwestern United States. During this time, Richard also made at least two working trips to Europe.
About 1972/1974, the artist moved for the last time to Portland, Oregon where once again, he opened a studio and painted and taught. After a final trip to Europe in the late 1970's, Jean Richard died October 6, 1984 in Clackamas County, Oregon, USA.
Richard’s formal training began when he was accepted to Warsaw’s Academy of Fine Arts Painting Faculty where, through a combination of the latest teaching methods and the study of old masters, impressionism, modernism and fauvism, he began to develop his own style of painting. He continued his studies at École des Beaux-Arts following his move to Paris and during the 16-year period following the war, sources state he was also associated with the Spanish Royal Academy of Fine Arts and the Royal Academy of Arts in London.
His mediums were oil and watercolor; styles were Impressionism and Post-Impressionism and subjects were landscapes, cityscapes, seascapes, still life, portraits and harbor and canal scenes
Writing in the September 1965 issue of the Parisian art magazine Revue Moderne, critic Renee Carvalho described Richard’s style of painting: “the artist seems to have progressed from a near classicism, in which he was very thoroughly educated, towards a powerful and very personal post impressionism. His oils and water colors bring out the light in the air and revive the different scenes in Paris and our provinces, also in New York, in Texas and in Mexico.”

Gallerie International (Solo Show) - Madison Avenue, NYC, USA (Jan. 10, 1962 - Dallas Morning News)
National Arts Club - Gramercy Park South, NYC, USA (Jan. 10, 1962 - Dallas Morning News)
Second (1959) International Salon of the Association of Journalists, Writers and Artists - Vichy, FR (Sep. 26, Sep. 30 & Oct. 5, 1966 - Lubbock Avalanche Journal)
Ninth (1966) International Salon of the Association of Journalists, Writers and Artists - Vichy, FR (June 11, 1966 - Dallas Morning News & Sep. 26, Sep. 30 & Oct. 5, 1966 - Lubbock Avalanche Journal)
Diamond M Foundation Gallery (Joint Exhibition w/ Manuel Acosta, Peter Hurd, Emily Guthrie Smith & John Meigs) - Snyder, TX, USA (Dec. 4, 1966 - Abilene Reporter News & Dec. 11, 1966 - Lubbock Avalanche Journal)
West Texas Museum (Solo Show) - Lubbock, TX, USA (Nov. 3, 1968 - Lubbock Avalanche Journal, Nov. 5, 1968 - Big Spring Daily Herald, Nov. 10, Nov. 11 & Dec. 1, 1968 - Lubbock Avalanche Journal)
Other Exhibition Locations:
Dallas, TX, USA
Philadelphia, PA, USA
Buffalo, NY, USA
Barcelona, ES
Madrid, ES
Seville, ES
Paris, FR
Mexico, D.F., MX
Montevideo, UR
Buenos Aires, AR
1956 (?) Chevalier Culturel et Artistique of France (Oct. 5, 1966 & Jan. 14, 1967 - Lubbock Avalanche Journal)
1959 Grand Prix - Second International Salon of the Association of Journalists, Writers and Artists - Vichy, FR (oct. 5, Sep. 26 & Sep. 30, 1966 - Lubbock Avalanche Journal)
1966 Grand Prix, "University Avenue in Mexico City" - Ninth International Salon of the Association of Journalists, Writers and Artists - Vichy, FR (June 11, 1966 - Dallas Morning News)
1969/70 Bronze Medal, "Sunset in Delphi" - Palais des Beaux Arts de la Ville de Paris, Paris, FR (Apr. 5, 1970 - Lubbock Avalanche Journal)
1970 Silver Medal - Academie Francaise of the City of Paris, Department of the Seine - Paris FR (Apr. 5, 1970 - Lubbock Avalanche Journal)
1970 Grand Prix de New York, "Composition Poetique" (Feb. 14, 1971 – Lubbock Avalanche Journal)
Academies of Fine Arts in Warsaw, PL & Paris, FR (Jan. 10, 1962 - Dallas Morning News, Sep. 25, 1966 & Mar. 12, 1967 - Lubbock Avalanche Journal)
Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Madrid, ES (Nov. 10 & Nov. 11, 1968 - Lubbock Avalanche Journal, Jan. 10, 1969 - Abilene Reporter News)
Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK

"The Miracle of Christ" - Museum of Fine Art, Buenos Aires, AR (Sep.30, 1966 - Lubbock Avalanche Journal)

Written and submitted by Philip R. Shipp, who wrote: "All my research is from old newspaper articles and interviews with people who knew the artist.  . . . My interest in Richard is the result of growing up in a home with three of his paintings prominently displayed. My father purchased them while on a business trip to Mexico in the early 1960's."

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