Richard Levine, born in Newark, NJ is a painter and photographer whose professional career has spanned more than 30 years in the graphic arts working for prominent design firms and corporate clients. A graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson Univ., he later studied oil painting for four years with artists Alan Turner and Andrew Lattimore and photography with Gary Winogrand. Additional studies were at Cooper Union and The School of Visual Arts, NYC. Extensive travel throughout the United States, Europe and Asia have formed the foundation for his personal work. "I'm interested in exploring the harmonious effects of light, texture, shape and color and presenting these qualities in ways that evoke memory and spirit".
Richard has exhibited widely on the East Coast from Virginia to Maine in both solo and group shows. In 2005 he won a NY State
Certificate of Merit for his exhibit: India, A Traveler's Reflections. He has done photo documentary work in the refugee camps of
Darfur with the International Medical Corps and in Mississippi with Mississippi State Univ and The Annie E. Casey Foundation. In June, 2016
he won 2nd Place prize in the Bethesda Painting Awards, a juried competiition sponsored by the Trawick Foundation. He is a 2017/18 recipient of a
Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant. His work is held in both private and public collections.
My love of travel and exploration spark the inspiration, both spiritual and visual that I derive from experiencing new landscape, people and culture which in turn invigorates my work and challenges me to both portray and understand our world. I like to paint and photograph in places where the weather, the traditions and the geography still dominate; where these elements identify and characterize a locale. Where I can still connect to what has gone before and one feels an authentic “sense of place”.
For the past several years I have been combining the abstract Color Field paintings of the Washington and New York schools with the vernacular architecture of rural New England and Nova Scotia. This has inevitably led me deeper into abstraction and I currently find my focus at the intersection of climate, culture and geology. The new work seeks to portray the evolving effects of climate change on the land caused by erosion and the movement of water and presented in a framework of indigenous culture and color. The work of Richard Diebenkorn and the poured paint techniques of the Color Field painters inspire and inform this new work.
Falls Church Artspace Gallery, Falls Church, VA, Jun - Sept - Group exhibit "Bold and Bright" exhibit two abstract paintings.
Center Gallery, Universalist Church of Arlington, VA, Oct - Nov - Solo exhibit "Common Ground" landscape and abstract paintings.
River Road Universalist Unitarian Church, Bethesda, MD, Apr - May - Solo exhibit "Common Ground" gouache & watercolor paintings.
Les Beaux Arts Gallery, Greenwich, CT, Jun-Jul, 2016 - Solo exhibit "Common Ground" gouache and watercolor paintings.
Gallery B, Bethesda, MD, Jun, 2016 - Exhibition of work by the eight Bethesda Awards finalists. Awarded 2nd Prize.
Dumbarton Concert Gallery, Washington DC, Mar, 2016 - "Recent Work" Solo exhibit watercolor, gouache and pastel paintings.
Gallery B, Bethesda, MD, Oct 2015 - Four artist show, exhibited pastel and gouache paintings.
Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, MD, Sep 2015 - "American Landscapes" Juried show.
Waverly Street Gallery, Bethesda, MD, Jan, 2015 - "Journeys" solo exhibit of pastel landscapes of Maine and the American Southwest.
Falls Church Artspace, Falls Church, VA, Nov, 2014 - "Faces" group show, exhibited two figurative paintings.
Gallery B, Bethesda, MD, Apr, 2014 - Group show, 3 artists. Exhibited 13 pastel paintings.
Les Beaux Arts Gallery, Greenwich, CT, Sep, 2013 - "Journeys" solo exhibit of pastel landscapes of Scotland and the American Southwest.
Gallery B, Bethesda, MD, Mar, 2013 - Group show, 3 painters. Exhibited 12 Maine pastel landscapes.
Gallery B, Bethesda, MD, Feb, 2012 - Group show, "2 + 2" two painters and two photographers, exhibited 10 pastels.
Les Beaux Arts Gallery, Greenwich, CT, Nov, 2011 - Solo exhibit of pastel landscapes, Maine, Italy and the American West.
Hartmann Gallery, Blue Hill, ME, Jun - Aug, 2011 - Recent paintings, four artist show, exhibited Maine landscapes.
Deer Isle Artists Assoc, ME, Dec, 2010 - Group show, exhibited pastel landscapes.
Oerth Gallery, Alexandria, VA, Oct - Nov, 2010 - "A Sense of Place" solo exhibit of pastel landscapes, Maine, Italy.
International Artist Magazine, Nov, 2010 - Floral pastel published.
Del Ray Artisans, Alexandria, VA, Jan & May, 2010 - Group shows, exhibited six pastel paintings.
Les Beaux Arts Gallery, Greenwich, CT, Nov - Dec, 2009 - "Parallel Views" solo show of acrylic and pastel paintings.
Oerth Gallery, Alexandria, VA, Nov, 2009 - Won overall "Best in Show" among 60 artists exhibiting.
Metropolitan Gallery, Arlington, VA, Nov, 2008, - Group show, exhibited watercolor and pastel.
Les Beaux Arts Gallery, Greenwich, CT, Nov - Dec, 2008 - "In Shiva's Presence" solo exhibit of watercolor and pastel.
MAG Gallery, Larchmont, NY, Jun, 2008 - Mixed watercolor, pastel and silkscreen in a three artist show.
Bhoomi Gallery, Bedford Hills, NY, Mar, 2008 - "In Shiva's Presence" solo exhibit watercolor and pastel.
Les Beaux Arts Gallery, Greenwich, CT, Nov, 2007 - Solo exhibit, European landscapes, oil and watercolor.
Jones Library, Amherst, MA, Oct - Nov, 2007 - Solo photo exhibit in conjunction with Darfur project at Smith College.
MAG Gallery, Larchmont, NY Sep, 2007 - "September Song" group show inaugurating new gallery, exhibited oils.
The 92nd St. Y, NYC, Jan - Mar, 2007 - "My Name is Adam" solo exhibit on the refugee camps in Eastern Chad/Darfur.
Museum of Jewish Heritage, NYC, Feb, 2007 - Darfur photo displayed in permanent collection.
MAG Gallery, Larchmont, NY, Dec, 2006 - Group show, exhibited oil landscapes.
Les Beaux Arts Gallery, Greenwich, CT, Apr, 2006 - Solo show, landscape paintings.
Columbia University, NYC, Mar, 2006 - Presented Darfur slide show at refugee conference.
Clinton Global Initiative, NYC, Sep, 2006 - Exhibited Darfur photos during four day conference.
Museum of Jewish Heritage, NYC, Mar, 2006 - Narrate and present my photographic essay on the Darfur refugee camps.
Westchester Community College, NY, Oct, 2005 - "Visions of Nature" group show to benefit the Lady Bird Johnson Native Plant Center.
Iona College, New Rochelle, NY, Apr, 2005 - Juried group show, exhibited oil landscapes.
Oresman Gallery, Larchmont, NY, Mar, 2005 - Exhibited photographic essay, India, A Traveler's Reflections.
Member: The Pastel Society of America, Del Ray Artisans, VA, Deer Isle Artists Assoc, ME
Awards: Aug, 2017/18 Recipient of Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant
Jun, 2016 2nd Place Prize, Bethesda Painting Awards
Nov, 2010 Pastel still life published in International Artist magazine
Dec, 2009 Won "Best in Show" Oerth Gallery among 60 exhibiting artists, awarded a solo show
Feb, 2007 Darfur photo selected for permanent exhibition at the Museum of Jewish Heritage
Jan, 2006 Photographers Forum Best of 2005 Annual, photograph from India published
Mar, 2005 Received NY State Assembly Certificate of Merit for photo exhibit on India
Publication: Sep, 2016 Journal of Financial Service Professionals - Featured cover artist
Fall, 2013 Grey Sparrow Literary Journal - Featured cover artist