Robert Richter

Summer Whisper, 2008
Oil on wood
48 x 36 in
SKU: 11767c
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"Summer Whisper" is an original oil painting by Robert Richter. The artist signed the piece on the back. This painting depicts a view over a serene lake. The painting has carved parts and is in an artist-made frame. Robert Richter signed this piece with graphite on the back.


Artwork Size: 48" x 36"
Frame Size: 55 1/4" x 43"


Artist Bio:

Born in Milwaukee, Robert Richter has been painting from the age of 8. His unique paintings are hand carved on wood as well as hand carved frames that become an integral part of the paintings. The artist comments, “I want my paintings to be stunning from across the room, to beckon, as all good paintings should. And then close up, what a surprise!” The artist lived in New York where he painted literally everything from stage sets to mural commissions. He painted store front windows, lithographs from aluminum plates for actors, T-shirts, costumes, curtains, wall hangings, furniture and floors. His unique experiences, intellect, extraordinary color sensibility result in a stunning style with flavors of Avery, Grant Wood and Matisse, but mostly himself.

Artist Statement: "I was born in Milwaukee over half-a-century ago in the year of the horse.  I started painting in earnest when I was eight years old.  My parents saw that it might be nice for me to take some art lessons.  I spent Saturdays in those days drawing Superman and Batman (Batwoman too, Ha!) from comic books.  My formative brain was stamped with the creedo that one cannot make a decent painting without making a decent drawing.  To this day it is a self-imposed limitation (?) that opens my world.  Later I would graduate from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and then off to New York City with a Fine Art degree.  

I painted store front windows, speak easy murals for gangsters, lithographs from aluminum plates for actors, wood paintings for funk musicians, stage sets for theatre, T-shirts, costumes, curtains, wall hangings, furniture, floors-  I painted everything, literally.  Years later in a distant city, I received a Masters degree in Contemplative Buddhist Studies.

I draw and paint from memory.  When I am satisfied with a drawing, I incise it on wood panel.  I color it in not too unlike a coloring book, staying pretty much within the lines.  It keeps me from getting too carried away.  It is a forgiving technique. I do not use photographs.  I try to paint the snapshot in my head and heart. Another little thing I like to do is incorporate the sensations of many colors in a single application.  A black top road for instance is noted for its peach, lavender, smoky gray yellow and dry blue- to create the sensation of all these colors in a single application.  Now that would be some crayola crayon!  Another painter once remarked to me, "Why bother".  And here is why.  I want my paintings to be stunning from across the room, to beckon, as all good paintings should.  And then up close, what a surprise! So simply done!  Even a cave man can do it!

I am pleased and honored to be currently represented by David Barnett."