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 Richard Karwoski  (1938 - 1993)

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Lived/Active: New York      Known for: mod botanics, fruit and flower painting, assemblage, figure, landscape, drawing, collage

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The following is from Myra, O'Leary, a gallery representative:

Since 1963, Mr. Karwoski had over 40 solo exhibitions and participated in over 500 group shows throughout the United States and Canada. He received innumerable awards, and wrote a book "Watercolors Bright and Beautiful". His work with watercolor furthered the medium, which he felt could make as strong a statement as oil. His art has been the subject of articles and reviews in publications such as The New York Times, Woman's Wear Daily, Arts Magazine, American Artist, and Artspeak.

Born in Brooklyn, New York in 1938, he died February 1993. He studied with Richard Lindner (1901-1970) at Pratt Institute, NY and in 1963 received a Masters of Art from Columbia University. He was a professor of Art at the New York City Technical College of City University.

Mr. Karwoski generally worked on one image and one series at a time until he exhausted all possibilities and challenges of that subject.

Early paintings, drawings and collages (1960's) are figural, expressing the angst and wonderment of human form and relationships, inspired by the German Expressionist Movement of the 1920's and 30's. "Contemporary man is beset by hang-ups, and this is the statement that I am making", he said. His paintings and themes are just as relevant today as they were in the 1960's.

In 1970 he began his odyssey into shoes. His grandfather was a shoemaker and Karwoski incorporated his past with his present utilizing painting, works on paper, and assemblage to explore the very personal world of shoes. "The shoe represents freedom and mobility, and like a cave or womb there is no intrusion from the outside world"

In 1978 he moved to flower, fruit, market and bay watercolors, oils, collages and prints inspired by his home and studio surroundings in East Hampton, NY. His bold and beautiful use of watercolors inspired his book "Watercolors Bright and Beautiful" in 1988. Mixed perspectives, dramatic lighting and theme, bold colors, and an absence of gravity while combining believable objects with unnatural space made Mr. Karwoski's paintings alive with movement and vibrancy.

Mr.Karwoski continued to paint and discover until his untimely death in 1993. He has left behind a legacy of important and beautiful works of art as well as a generation of art students that continue his ideals and principals.

His works are in many museum collections, including Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum, Newark Museum, Detroit Institute of Art, Portland Museum of Fine Art, Hecksher Museum, Tennessee Fine Art Center, The Portland Museum of Art (Maine), Oklahoma Art Center, and the Arkansas Fine Art Center. He is also in many Public Collections, including Pratt Institute, University of Pennsylvania, The Salmagundi Club, NY, The Library of Congress, Washington, DC, The National Broadcasting Company, New York City Technical College, Chase Manhatten Bank, C.U.N.Y Graduate Center, The Kosciuszko Foundation, NY, and The Exxon Corporation.

He is listed in Who's Who in American Art, American Artists, American Art Directory, Print Directory, Who's Who in the East, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World, and Who's Who in Society.


This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Richard Karwoski was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1938.  He graduated from the Pratt Institute and Columbia University, and taught at the New York City Technical College of City University.

His early works, drawings, collages and paintings, show an influence of the Expressionists.  He is best known for his watercolors (fruits, flowers, landscapes and especially shoes).

His work has been featured in MoMA, The Whitney Museum, the Detroit Institute of Art amongst others.

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