Michael in Conversation with Artlink by Michael Rich

IN CONVERSATION

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We chat with artist and ArtLink@Sotheby's Young International Art participant Michael Rich - whose work appears in a number of projects including the Jing-an Shangri-la Shanghai, Radisson Bucharest, Seabourn Ovation and Ritz-Carlton Herzliya - on his art, creative process and upcoming exhibitions.

Michael Rich    in the Studio, 2018

Michael Rich in the Studio, 2018

Tell us a little about your work.

My paintings, drawings and prints derive from the landscapes of my experience. I grew up and live near the ocean and find endless inspiration from the light and weather of New England and the North Atlantic. The work is abstract in its outer appearance, owing much to the painterly language of the American abstractionists of the mid-to late 20th century. However, when I look at my paintings, I see overt reference to the sea and sky, weather and light. I’m interested in natural forces and finding some approximation of those forces in color and mark of paint.

The Desert Places', oil on canvas,    Michael Rich

The Desert Places', oil on canvas, Michael Rich

How did you begin your work as a painter?

I have been drawing all my life but only began to paint while in college at the Rhode Island School of Design, studying illustration in the 80’s.  My earliest works were figurative and at one point I wanted to be a portrait painter.  A study in color and light led to landscape painting and landscape painting eventually led to large-scale abstractions, loosely based on the landscape.

Have you ever had a seminal experience that has influenced or encouraged you?

Travel always inspires.  After some time of painting on my own, I began graduate studies in painting in Tuscany, Italy with the intention of painting the landscape.  In my travels through Europe, I discovered the large, blue abstractions of Miro in Paris that deeply influenced a change in my direction toward non-objective painting ever since.  My travels continue to inspire my work.  Recently, I visited the glaciers of Alaska which I’m sure will find their way into my paintings in some form.

'The Water We Seek', oil on canvas,    Michael Rich

'The Water We Seek', oil on canvas, Michael Rich


Has your practice or creative process changed over time?

I’ve had the same technical process of painting now for over 30 years.  I always begin at the palette, without preconceptions of what the image might be as I mix and search for colors. I then apply the paint, layer after layer, until I arrive at an image that has resonance.  Sometimes this happens quickly, sometimes the paintings take weeks or months.  In recent years, I have added printmaking to my studio practice, both in intaglio and woodcut.  Both media allow me to work in a graphic way that utilizes the same practice or layering color familiar to a painter.  Printmaking shows me possibilities of image making and allows me to marry processes of drawing, collage and painting.

Do you have an artwork or artist that you find most inspirational?

I look at a wide range of artwork of all types but a couple of painters have inspired me for years – Joan Mitchell, Cy Twombly, Monet, J.M.W. Turner, Diebenkorn and DeKooning.  I was fortunate to meet Helen Frankenthaler years ago, who was both inspiring and encouraging of my work.

'Slipstream', oil on canvas,    Michael Rich

'Slipstream', oil on canvas, Michael Rich


What would you consider the most memorable project/exhibition you have worked on with ArtLink?

The most memorable was the first which was the International Young Art auction series in 2000.  I was early in my career and to see my work auctioned at Sotheby’s was a huge boost for me and a very exciting project.

For you, success is:

Being blessed to get to do the thing I love, bring a little beauty into the world, while being able to provide for my family. Simple.

Do you have any upcoming exhibitions or event showcases this year?

My work will be featured at Art Market, San Francisco with Adler and Co. Gallery, April 25-28; Art New York with Steidel Contemporary, May 2-5 and The Other Art Fair, Brooklyn, May 2-5, 2019.  I’ll have a solo exhibition as well in July at the Old Spouter Gallery, Nantucket

'Cherokee', oil on canvas,    Michael Rich

'Cherokee', oil on canvas, Michael Rich

Art Palm Beach by Michael Rich

January 16 - 20, 2019

Palm Beach County Convention Center

I am pleased to announce that I will be exhibiting at Art Palm Beach with Steidel Contemporary.  This is a very exciting, new partnership with Steidel and a new venue for my work.  If you're in Florida, I hope you'll stop by.

Steidel Contemporary

Calliope, 2017, oil on canvas, 54 x 50 in  On view at Steidel Contemporary booth, Art Palm Beach

Calliope, 2017, oil on canvas, 54 x 50 in

On view at Steidel Contemporary booth, Art Palm Beach

Art Palm Beach 

"Art Palm Beach becomes a spectacle each day, a panorama of immersive events for five days. Spectacular performances, extraordinary installations, live music, interactive experiences. No longer the repetitive old format. Art Palm Beach creates a new contemporary art fair genre. An enhanced cultural experience designed to attract multiple visits by attendees. Truly the next level art fair from pioneers of the international art fair."

Palm Beach County Convention Center

650 Okeechobee Boulevard, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

The Other Art Fair, Brooklyn, November 8-11, 2018 by Michael Rich

Following a successful launch of The Other Art Fair in the creative heart of Brooklyn in Summer 2017, The Other Art Fair NYC returns on November 8-11, 2018 at Greenpoint's glass-front Brooklyn Expo Center.

Presented by Saatchi Art, the Fair showcases work by 120 talented emerging artists, each hand picked by a committee of art world experts. Art lovers can visit the fair with confidence that they are buying from the very best and most promising emerging artists in a unique and immersive experience.

Michael Rich at the Other Art Fair, NY, June 2017

Michael Rich at the Other Art Fair, NY, June 2017

The Other Art Fair, NY and

saatchiart.com/michaelbrich

Location:

Brooklyn Expo Center
72 Noble Street
Brooklyn NY 11222

General Entry:
Friday, November 9th, 12pm-9pm
Saturday, November 10th, 11am-7pm
Sunday, November 11, 11am-6pm

Lunch Money Print by Michael Rich

Donegal, 2018, seven layer woodcut chin collé, mulberry paper mounted on Pescia, 11 x 14 in

Donegal, 2018, seven layer woodcut chin collé, mulberry paper mounted on Pescia, 11 x 14 in

Now available at Lunch Money Print, "Donegal" is a rare, edition print based on a recent small painting inspired by my travels in Ireland.  Most of my prints, in both intaglio and woodcut are one-of-a-kind monoprints as I prefer to explore the possibilities of image making rather than settle on one final image.  Invited to contribute a print to Lunch Money Print, I set out to develop a singular image with the composition and color scheme of this small painting.  The print was constructed, layer upon layer as my paintings are.  The result is a deeply textural image.  The print, pulled by hand from my press in my Pawtucket Studio is an affordable entry into collecting my work and is exclusively available through Lunch Money Print.

Much of my time in Ireland was spent on the West coast, wandering fairways and grassy fields in the small rugged towns by the sea.  It's a magical area with a windswept landscape, beautiful skies and deep history.  I saw in this painting a reminder of the skies and weather of that area and suspect Ireland will continue to find it's way into my work.

The Other Art Fair, Brooklyn, May 3-6, 2018 by Michael Rich

After participating in the most recent fairs in November and last June, I will be returning to take part again this May.  Held in the beautiful Brooklyn Expo Center, The Other Art Fair features so many wonderful artists that I am so pleased to exhibit alongside and get to know over the weekend.  I hope to see you there!

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The Other Art Fair, Brooklyn, November 9-12, 2017 by Michael Rich

Following a successful launch of The Other Art Fair in the creative heart of Brooklyn in Summer 2017, The Other Art Fair NYC returns for its second edition on November 9-12, 2017 at Greenpoint's glass-front Brooklyn Expo Center.

Presented by Saatchi Art, the Fair showcases work by 120 talented emerging artists, each hand picked by a committee of art world experts. Art lovers can visit the fair with confidence that they are buying from the very best and most promising emerging artists in a unique and immersive experience.

Michael Rich at the Other Art Fair, NY, June 2017

Michael Rich at the Other Art Fair, NY, June 2017

The Other Art Fair, NY and

saatchiart.com/michaelbrich

Location:

Brooklyn Expo Center
72 Noble Street
Brooklyn NY 11222

General Entry:
Friday, November 10th, 12pm-9pm
Saturday, November 11th, 11am-7pm
Sunday, November 12, 11am-6pm

The Other Art Fair, NY by Michael Rich

Following seventeen successful editions across the UK and Australia, The Other Art Fair makes it's debut in the creative heart of Brooklyn on June 1-4, 2017 at Greenpoint's Brooklyn Expo Center, presenting 110 talented emerging artists to an audience of art buyers and enthusiasts. Each artist has been handpicked by a Selection Committee of art experts, so visitors can add to their collection with the confidence that they are buying from the very best and most promising emerging artists. 

Celebrated for its unique visitor experience, The Other Art Fair’s inaugural US edition in New York will delight and inspire art lovers with a tightly curated and distinctive program of fair features, creating a platform for the 'unexpected'.

Calliope, 2017 oil and wax on canvas, 54 x 50 in

Calliope, 2017 oil and wax on canvas, 54 x 50 in

IMAGO to feature artwork by Anne Marie Rossi and Michael Rich April 6 – May 7 by Michael Rich

WARREN—Imago Foundation for the Arts (IFA) will feature artwork by IFA artist Anne Marie Rossi and guest artist Michael Rich in a group exhibit April 6 – May 7 at IMAGO Gallery, 36 Market Street. A free, public reception will be held on Friday, April 7 from 6 – 8 p.m.

The Sleepless Landscape I, 2017, print collage mounted on panel, 24 x 18 in

The Sleepless Landscape I, 2017, print collage mounted on panel, 24 x 18 in

Called “Finding Connection,” Rossi’s body of work focuses on the interconnectedness of all matter of things, and the energy and life force that unites them. Encaustic painting and oil paintings are her primary medium of choice because of their the fluidity and translucency. of these media lend themselves to her exploration. She says, “In my view, the creative process and life itself is about community, connection and the energy that unites.”

Painter and printmaker, Michael Rich explores the landscapes of his experience in intensely colored, gestural abstractions; lively, inventive drawings; unique monoprints; and large-scale works in oil. In this exhibit, he is presenting several print collage pieces as well as oil and wax paintings on canvas. While light, weather and atmosphere act as the impetus for his work, he says, “It is my aim to probe the depths of an inner space through meditations in light and color. I am searching, through the language of contemporary abstraction, a deeper connection, and understanding of place and consciousness of the present moment. The painting themselves lie in the places between memory and new moments of discovery.”

Other IMAGO artists who will be exhibiting include Douglas Breault, Eileen Siobhan Collins, Rose Esson-Dawson, Mary Dondero, Betty Harrington, Carl Keitner, Pascale Lord, Eileen Mayhew, Linda Megathlin, Yolanda Mazzoni, Mercedes Nuñez, Howard Rotblat-Walker, Lenny Rumpler, and Howard Windham.

Regular IMAGO gallery hours are Thursdays 4 – 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday from noon to 8 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

The Imago Foundation for the Arts (IFA) supports community involvement in a wide range of cultural activities related to the arts. Visit www.imagofoundation4art.org to learn more about IFA and its mission.