Pond Corner

Listing No: 3726

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Artwork Info

FAE Listing No:
3726
Artist:
Richard Thompson (1945-)
Title:
Pond Corner
Date of Work:
1990
Signature:
R. Thompson
Signature Notes:
on verso
Where Produced:
USA
Presentation:
Framed - Strip

Artwork Medium

Type:
Painting
Sub Type:
Easel
Medium:
Oil
Support:
on Canvas

Artwork Size & Weight

Primary:
72.25 x 66 in.
Outer Dimensions:
67 x 73 in. (Frame Outer Dimension)
Size Notes:
Primary Artwork Size is the full canvas size, unframed.

Artwork Condition

Condition:
Excellent.

Artwork Provenance

Collection:
John Dowdall
Provenance:
Directly from the John Dowdall collection.

About this Piece

An avid fly-fisherman, Thompson finds his inspiration in the things and places he sees in everyday life. In an interview conducted by the Portland Interview Magazine, Thompson speaks to this part of his process, "As a painter, organizing around [the] colors [of the landscape] comes to me easily. To be able to convey the more subtle aspects of the landscape. In one way, it’s very obvious. Barns are red. But in painting, it’s a red shape, it only references the shapes that you think of with architecture. But in a sense, they’re blocks of color functioning in a very pictorial way in the paintings. It’s the way I structure my visual images. My paintings are not nostalgic or romantic, I’m not looking at the American landscape from the perspective of a romantic or poetic perspective. I’ve driven tractors on those fields for hours at a time, I’ve worked in that barn, I’ve lived in that house. I don’t have illusions about it as being a Bucolic existence. There’s something very existential about being [in the American agricultural landscape]. We know that landscape has a dark edge. I’m aware of that. I’m not celebrating that. The color range I choose in a sense pushes the abstract and pushes the non-romantic side. I don’t think my paintings are sentimental at all. I’ve been doing this for fifty years and I still don’t know how you make a painting that makes someone sit down and look at it. That is a live question. Painting is not dead because I’m not dead. I’m trying to learn everyday how you do this, and still be myself. Still be my own person that likes to go fly fishing and work in my garden."

About the Artist

Thompson is a real painter. He knows how to use color, line, and a sheer, seamlessly integrated, flat surface to eloquently express his feelings about the landscape. The lovely paint quality he achieves provides the work with a life force.... His drawings, too, possess an innate energy. Working traditionally through drawing as an expedient vehicle to explore ideas about his subject, he works as brilliantly in black and white as he does in color.

—Bonnie Laing Malcomson, Retired Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Curator of Northwest Art, Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon

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