Richard Estes

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Antartica II Oil On Board © Courtesy of Marlborough Chelsea and artist
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1979 Oil On Canvas 79 X 140 Cm © Richard Estes
Supermarket, Columbus Avenue, NY , 2008 Oil On Board 64.8 X 63.5 Cm / 25.5 X 25 In © Courtesy of the artist & Marlborough Gallery
Post Office, 33rd and 8th , 2004 Color Woodcut Print 23.2 X 22.8 In / 58.9 X 57.9 Cm © Courtesy of the artist & Marlborough Gallery
Columbus Circle , 2009 Oil On Canvas 37 X 67 In / 94 X 170.2 Cm © Courtesy of the artist & Marlborough Gallery
NYC Parking Lot, 1969 Oil On Masonite
A View of Columbus Circle Subway Entrance, 2012 Oil On Canvas 41 X 70 1/2 Inches © Courtesy of the artist & Marlborough Gallery New York
Telephone booths , 1967 © Courtesy of the artist & Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza
79th Street Bus Stop, 2013 Oil On Panel 22 X 14 3/4 In., 55.88 X 37.47 Cm © Courtesy of the Artist and Marlborough Gallery New York
Sunday Afternoon in the Park, 1989 Oil On Canvas 24 X 44 In. (60.96 X 113.03 Cm) © Courtesy of the artist; Photo by Bruce Schwarz
Automat, 1966-1968 Oil On Board 48 X 60 In. © Private collection Photo by Luc Demers
Horn and Hardart Automat, 1967 Oil On Masonite 48 X 60 In. © Private collection Photo by Luc Demers
Seated Figures, Central Park, 1967 Oil On Canvas 36 X 46 In. © Private collection Photo by Luc Demers
Bus with Reflection of the Flatiron Building, 1966-1967 Oil On Canvas 36 X 48 In. © Private collection Photo by Luc Demers
CD, 2014 Oil On Board 13 1/2 X 19 1/4 Inches © Courtesy of the Artist and Marlborough Gallery
Holland Hotel, 1984 Screenprint In Colors On Rives Paper 44.625 X 71.375 Inches: Image
Old Police Headquarters, 1984 Oil On Illustration Board 20.25 X 15 Inches
Quick Facts
Kewanee, Illinois
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Lives in
New York
Works in
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.



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