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 Richard Wheeler Whitney  (1945 - )

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Lived/Active: New Hampshire/Vermont      Known for: portrait and landscape painting, illustration

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Known for his realistic portrait paintings and also for New Hampshire landscapes, Richard Whitney, born 1946, was recognized by Town and Country magazine as one of the top twelve portrait painters in America.  Sotheby's Auction House of New York City named him a "living master of the classical tradition".

Among his portrait subjects are five state governors, a Secretary of the Navy, and a former Presidential Press Secretary. He is Chairman Emeritus of the American Society of Portrait Artists and is a Guild member of the American Society of Classical Realists.

Whitney has earned over 40 national and regional awards including and the Greenshield Foundation of Montreal has give him three grants.

Museum collections that have work by Whitney are the Anchorage Museum of Art and History, the Anderson House Museum, the Newark Museum, the Pentagon in Washington DC, Harvard University, and the Catholic University of Portugal.

Whitney is a 1968 Phi Betta Kappa graduate of the University of New Hampshire. His teachers were Sidney F. Willis and for over five years, he studied with R. H. Ives Gammell.

MEMBERSHIPS
Society of Illustrators
National Arts Club
Allied Artists of America
American Artists Professional League
American Society of Classical Realism
Guild of Boston Artists
Copley Society.

Whitney is also on the board of directors of the American Renaissance of the Twenty-first Century and the Art Renewal Center, soon to be the world's largest on line museum.

National cable television and newspapers and magazines have carried images of Whitney's paintings. American Artist, April 1982, and April 2000, featured him by placing his work on the cover of the 1982 issue.

Source:
Tree's Place Gallery, booklet, Artist Panelists from the 2004 Conference on Representational Painting

Biography from Tree's Place Gallery:
Richard Whitney, born 1946.

After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from the University of New Hampshire, Whitney then trained with Sidney Willis, a Hunter student, and subsequently with R.H. Ives Gammell for five years.

As a portraitist, he has painted, among others, five state governors, a Secretary of the Navy, and a former Presidential Press Secretary.  He has also been highly successful with his landscapes, which frequently depict the area near his New Hampshire studio.

Whitney's paintings hang in over six-hundred public and private collections; he has won over forty regional and national awards, including three separate Greenshields grants; and he has been the cover artist of American Artist magazine.  He is Chairman Emeritus of the American Society of Portrait Artists.

Whitney has figured prominently in several books, and has authored his own book, Painting the Visual Impression.

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