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Richard T. Scott
The Art of the Short Story
Richard was born in the autumn of 1980 in Georgia. He completed his Bachelor of Fine Art degree in painting and art history at the University of Georgia and studied art history, historical techniques, anatomy, and critical theory at the New York Academy of Art, where he received a Master of Fine Art degree in painting. Richard has studied in Cuba and Italy and has further cultivated his skills as a copyist at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He has been a teaching assistant at both the University of Georgia and the New York Academy of Art and has taught at several community arts programs.
Soon after earning his MFA, Richard worked as a studio painter for Jeff Koons while producing commissioned portraits, original compositions, and old master copies for private collectors, PBS, and Off-Broadway shows. He has curated dozens of shows including an exhibition of photography for Ismael Merchant's memorial service for Merchant Ivory in 2006. Richard's work has exhibited at many venues, most notably: Phillips de Pury & Co and the 2008 Kitsch Biennale in Munich, Germany.
We live in a society devoid of meaning.
Cultural relativism and the persistent barrage of media neutralizes our natures into apathy,
Yet man requires meaning.
Thus, I seek to create reality where I feel none,
to solidify the haze of my slumbering existence.
My only means of encountering the meager truth
that I am left - is to compose the fabric of time.
Now is the moment, and I breath.
When the wind blows in my painting
It is no longer merely the wind in the branches.
It is the fury of man's passion.
It is his hopes, his dreams, his angers and fears.
It is the hurricane bloom of man's ideals
in all their creative and destructive force.
That is what I mean when a tree bends.
And when a bird takes flight
it is the soul's struggle against gravity,
The force which binds us to the corporeal.
It is the plurality of man and his blind desire
for something greater, above,
which he fails to apprehend.
I re-construct what I touch, what I see, what I dream, in an effort to prove to myself that I am in fact real.
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