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Richard Estes

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Kewanee, Illinois

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New York

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New York

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Richard Estes is an American painter who is best known for his photorealistic paintings. The paintings generally consist of reflective, clean, and inanimate city and geometric landscapes. He is regarded as one of the founders of the international photo-realist movement of the late 1960s.

Most of Estes' paintings from the early 1960s are of city dwellers engaged in everyday activities. Beginning around 1967, Richard began to paint storefronts and buildings with glass windows, and more importantly, the reflected images shown on these windows. The paintings were based on color photographs he would take, which trapped the evanescent nature of the reflections, which would change in part with the lighting and the time of day. While some amount of alteration was done for the sake of aesthetic composition, it was important to Richard that the central and the main reflected objects be recognizable, but also that the evanescent quality of the reflections be retained.

His works have been exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.



Recent Exhibits

Richard Estes participated in these exhibits:

May, 2016 Shrines to Speed - Art and the Automobile: From the Minimal to the Postmodern
Leila Heller Gallery - Chelsea
Jan, 2016 Richard Estes • Urban Landscapes, James Turrell • Aten Reign
Richard Levy Gallery
Nov, 2015 Winter Exhibition
Marlborough Gallery New York
May, 2015 Painting Realism from Photographs (May 30)
Museum of Arts and Design
Mar, 2015 On Realism Painting: Richard Estes and Patterson Sims
Museum of Arts and Design
Mar, 2015 Painting New York City
Museum of Arts and Design
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