Roth returned to painting in 2006 after an almost ten-year hiatus during which his practice consisted of collecting and archiving cultural artifacts such as commercial paint color charts, blank legal forms, targets and women’s compact mirrors. His current paintings are diminutive at approximately 11 3/8” x 8” x 4”, and though there is a human scale to them, especially as they’re installed at the line of sight, these paintings constitute a new, self-fabricated collection. Roth’s paintings are reductive objects and though geometric in appearance, refer to such diverse sources as product and package design, masks, nature, architecture or contours of the body. The saturated color palette is painted in either Flashe or acrylic. Simple suggestions of curve and an exacting articulation of the surface facets endow his work with a narrative life that celebrates the magic of the mundane and elevates the ordinary.
Richard Roth's work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. In 1991 he was the recipient of a Visual Artists Fellowship in Painting from the National Endowment for the Arts. He received an MFA from the Tyler School of Art and a BFA from The Cooper Union. His work has been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Galerie Rob de Vries, The Netherlands; David Richard Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM; HICA, Highland Institute of Contemporary Art, Loch Ruthven, Scotland, The Suburban, Oak Park, IL; Rocket Gallery, London; the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and Reynolds Gallery, Richmond; UCR/California Museum of Photography; the Museum of Modern Art, Saitama, Japan; and Feigen, Inc., Chicago. He is the co-editor of the book, Beauty is Nowhere: Ethical Issues in Art and Design and co-author of Color Basics. He was the Director of Solvent Space in Richmond, Virginia, 2005 – 2009 and is currently a faculty member in the Painting and Printmaking Department at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Selected Works (6)