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 Richmond Burton  (1960 - )

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Lived/Active: New York      Known for: geometric abstraction, collage

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© 2001 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
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The following is from The Broad Art Foundation

Richmond Burton

Born: 1960, Talladega, Alabama
B.A. 1982, Bachelor of Architecture 1984, Rice University, Houston, Texas
Lives and works in East Hampton, New York

Richmond Burton is very much invested in the tradition of modernist painting, citing influences on his work as diverse as Kasimir Malevich (1878-1935), and Frank Stella. With a background and training in architecture, many of Burton's paintings stress visual order. Hard-edged geometrical forms dominated his early canvases, but later a more organic patterning, such as that seen in "Eyes in the Heat", emerged. Devoted to his craft with what has been called a "monastic" fervor, the freedom and control afforded by painting are of great importance to Burton, for as he says "painting is the only artistic activity without compromise."

The space depicted in "Eyes in the Heat" and other Burton paintings made at the same time refers to the work of his predecessors---a painting by Abstract Expressionist Jackson Pollock shares the same title---but also remains firmly a part of his generation. The artist has said, "To put my version of reality out into the world, when I look at it from afar, is kind of a strange funny thing. I'm aware, for example, in looking at my own paintings, and those of other artists who grew up in the era of space exploration, that the way space is depicted has been transformed by this experience, especially having seen these things when we were children---shots of the moon, pictures from satellites. It has given us something that is much different from what was being conveyed in painting of the 50s and minimalist paintings. It's one thing that really has defined what we're doing."

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