Overview

Ridley Howard experiments with how the elemental forces of painting, colour, shape and design coalesce into something with emotional resonance. The works incorporate the vernacular of vastly different genres of painting, among them high renaissance, pop art and abstraction. Subtle and deceptively straightforward, the paintings invoke a sense of monumentality while retaining a lingering intimacy and stillness.

 

With links to American figurative painting as well as to geometric abstraction Howard paints with exquisite care, imbuing his works with a lingering sense of time, of moments that are captured but not frozen. Windows, abstract shapes, sunglasses, and screens open to other realities, where flatness and vastness are entangled. There is also a play with scale in his work, where canvases range from monumental to miniature in size, further complicating the artist’s depiction of intimacy, where tightly cropped compositions often leave out details that would direct the viewer’s sense of narrative.

 

Ridley Howard (1973, USA) earned his MFA at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston in 1999 and his BFA from the University of Georgia in 1996. He attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2000. His work has been exhibited at numerous institutions including the Museum of Fine Arts Boston; The Atlanta Contemporary, Atlanta, GA; the National Academy Museum, New York; the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA; and the Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN. Howard has been the recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant, and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and he received the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award for Painting at the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2020. He currently lives and works in Athens, Georgia USA.

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