Chicago artist Richard Shipps explores the ambiguity of form, shape, tone and movement through drawings, sculpture, mobiles and cut paper. His work examines the dynamic tensions between light and shadow and the interplay of negative and positive form. His focus is on the push and pull -- juxtaposition and synergy of image.
His goal has always been to stretch himself beyond what is readily seen and understood, and to study form in its purest sense. Since 2006, he has been a full-time artist in Chicago. This follows a lifetime creating art, design, motion picture animation, video and multi-image presentations for corporations around the world.
He is a native of Michigan. He was born in Midland, Michigan and studied at Albion College, Detroit College for Creative Studies and Wayne State University. His first gallery shows were in the Detroit area in the late 1960s. His mobiles have been sold in museum stores across the country for many years. Richard was a resident artist at the Chicago Artists Coaliton Gallery in 2009-2010, followed by a two year stint as exhibiting artist and gallerist at a Pop-Up Art Loop Gallery in Chicago's Loop under the auspices of the Chicago Loop Alliance Foundation. He has continues to exhibit at a variety of venues in Chicago and beyond.
My work looks at shadow as light, light as shadow, revealing imagery in both positive and negative space in a framework of changing references. The shapes and their visual rhythms are informed by shape-memories and emotional references -- defined by adjacent counter-forms -- creating a constant meditative conversion of rhythmic balance from shape to counter-shape.