New Geometric Paintings by Richard Schur
OPENING RECEPTION October 7th 6-8pm
Cross MacKenzie Gallery is pleased to present the first solo show in the United States by German artist, Richard Schur. His sophisticated and complex, geometric, hard-edged canvases are composed with a mastery of color relationships that he wields with perfect pitch. The symphony of these paintings is made up of the instruments of squares and rectangles playing their part to create this powerful visual sound of music. Grids are crammed densely together or lavishly spread out over huge spaces that span the breadth of interior walls – some are tiny jewels of dynamic color play. Schur’s focus on color resonates with the Washington Color School’s legacy in our city.
“Munich-based Richard Schur has painted his way around the world in a series of residencies: one touch on the tiller of art history, one nod to the grid-based code of his personal sea, and an ever-mutating sequence of abstracts sails free. Schur discovers newly surprising harmonies in the interplay of colours – from natural to chemical, from subtle to raw – in what prove up close to be creamily painterly surfaces. Thus are his passengers transported, whether by skiff, schooner or galleon, to actively serene visual spaces suffused with the light of those various places.”
Critic, Artlyst.com, London
Richard Schur lives and works in Munich, Germany and teaches at the Academy of Fine Arts there. He has shown widely in Germany and exhibited his work throughout Europe; Austria, Portugal, France, Spain, Holland, London, San Francisco, Brooklyn, L.A. as well as in China and Japan. We are delighted that Richard will travel from Europe to attend the opening reception of his exhibition in Washington, DC, presenting eight new canvases of extraordinary abstract beauty and gravity.
The artist says of his painting:
“For me, Abstraction is a place of collective and personal memories, experiences and emotions.
I'm a poet, a composer and an Old Master's son. As a contemporary artist, tradition is my ally and my enemy. I'm interested in the directness of Expressionism, the clarity of Hard Edge and the precision of the Renaissance painters. Through a long, systematic and intuitive process, then, I aim to reflect the meaning of every brushstroke within the whole: anything can matter here.”
On view through November 5th.