RECEPTION: Richard Yarde - Irregular Rectangles
Arno Maris Gallery
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Arno Maris Gallery, Ely Campus Center, 2nd Floor
January 31-March 2: Stop by and admire his work
Feb 13 at 11:15 am in the Gallery, Ely
Richard Yarde’s Art work is energized by Jazz. The grid he often uses symbolizes a visual backbeat. He stated that the images that break through the grid are similar to improvisation.
His subject is highly influenced by the “Savoy Ballroom” in Harlem and subjects drawn from that experience. He accomplished this through watercolor which is a very unforgiving medium. He successfully brings forth his immersion in this sound and feel that is part of him. His work resonates with vibrancy as he portrays specific outcomes of this thing that is part of the Blues, Jazz, and Swing. He draws the spectator into his world both visually and sensually. The experience is electric, vibrant, and tantalizing as the viewer visits “The Strut”, “The Leap”, and
“Lead Belly”. Body gestures suggest syncopated rhythms. His figures literally dance off the surface and become alive. This liveliness expresses his own creative process. He became one of the great American watercolorists of the 20th C.
His artistic vibrancy is part of numerous permanent collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., and The National Museum of American Art. He taught at Wellesley College, Amherst College, Mount Holyoke College, and the University of Massachusetts Boston, and Amherst.
His legacy is worth viewing.
From the Permanent Collections of
Arno Maris Gallery, Westfield State University, Westfield, Massachusetts
University Museum of Contemporary Art, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
- Michelson Gallery, Northampton, Massachusetts