The art exhibit "Chapters and Toys," now on display in the main gallery of the Fred J. Taylor Library and Technology Center, represents Tom Richard's success at involving the viewer in a piece of art.
Richard, associate professor of art at the University of Arkansas at Monticello and head of UAM’s art program, specializes in two-dimensional works of mixed-media paintings and charcoal drawings.
“In order for a work of art to be complete a viewer must respond and, in a sense, finish the piece," Richard once said. "Through concrete juxtapositions and at other times possibly fluctuating combinations of images the viewer is invited to become a part of the art work. Thus the viewer is encouraged to actively play an important role in the art-making process.“
According to his Web site, Richard's work references “low” sources, including the quality of line and form of animation and comic books. This appropriation of characters (specifically toys from his childhood) and of stylization, allows the work to be viewed within the confines of becoming a narrative.
Richard has exhibited his work in both solo and group exhibitions in New York, San Francisco, New Orleans and Chicago, and is currently exhibiting at the Blue Moon Gallery in Hot Springs.
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