paintings, drawings, murals, sculpture
“It is true that non-objective art requires a bit more from the viewer in the way of understanding and participation – perhaps the rewards are greater, too.”
Terry’s art is as diversified as his life. His background encompasses work in a circus as a very young man, a diversified education with two years of law, an MBA in Business and a degree in commercial art and design. He studied at Akron University, the University of Maryland and the Applied Arts Academy in Akron, Ohio.
Although Terry has drawn and painted since childhood, he worked in many fields before deciding to devote his time completely to his painting. He served in the Air Force; worked as an apprentice artist in an ad agency; designed for American Greeting Card Company; was art director of a major ad agency; and spent time at Warner Brothers as an animator. During his careers he freelanced, painted at night and then began to sell his art in 1959.
Mr. Richard took a self-imposed 8-year hiatus back to his hometown of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio to be reclusive and focus on his painting and drawing. The results of which are an impressive inventory of his abstract and realistic pieces that show a re-newed and exiting collection of paintings and drawings.
Mr. Richard has been an artist for 51 years, and is in major private and corporate collections across the country. He feels that, finally, he has found the truth in his art that he has been searching for all these years and hopes the response to his new works will be as exciting to his viewers as it has been for him.
While his focus at the present time is on large abstracts, in the past he has painted portraits, landscapes and nature studies. These are equally wonderful. Terry believes his realistic training and his advertising art made his abstracts possible. He explains that you must be a good draftsman in order to be a good abstract artist... “to see and/or to see differently” is important and he intends to work in both styles – never giving up either.
Color, space and texture determine the character of each of Terry’s works. His colors are very expressive and appeal to the emotions. A variety of tools – a stylus, wide brushes, impasto and a specially produced sculpting material – are used on some of the abstracts to achieve his ideas. Like his own personality which is sometimes dark and harsh or soft and light, his work vividly shows these attitudes.
All of his ways of expression are a condensation of sensations which constitute a finished painting. Abstract art could be defined as wholly dependent on the feelings of the artist who creates it – “it is true what nonobjective art requires a bit more from the viewer in the way of understand – perhaps the rewards are greater, too.” His art touches the imagination of his viewers and allows one ‘to see’ what appeals to their eye and emotions.
Mr. Richard’s art has been shown in galleries in Ohio, New York, California, Colorado, Georgia, Florida, Washington, D.C., Hilton Head Island and Charleston, South Carolina.