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Exhibition Detail
Fields and Stripes
465 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115


May 11th, 2013 - October 27th, 2013
Opening: 
May 11th, 2013 10:00 AM - 4:45 PM
 
, Ridley HowardRidley Howard
© Courtesy of the artist & the Museum of Fine Arts Boston
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Since graduating from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA 1999), Ridley Howard has explored how 21st-century painting might capture intense yet oblique emotion. He pares down color and geometry into delicately composed portraits, landscapes, and abstractions that recall the cool psychology of paintings by Edward Hopper or Ed Ruscha. Yet their soft-edged finish knowingly hints that painterly romanticism is at the core of his work. In 2011, the SMFA awarded Howard a prestigious Traveling Fellowship; as a fellow, Howard toured Italy to consider early Renaissance paintings by Piero della Francesca, and styles explored by Italian modernists. Howard fuses these art historical and pop culture influences with diverse subjects—a portrait of his wife, a sweater pattern seen online, a scene glimpsed across the street—to combine the lovingly intimate and deliberately undefined.


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