My paintings are intended as a locus for the exploration of visual sensation and a mindful state of being. They operate as provocative invitations for the viewer to go past their minds normal conceptions, yet maintain their own relationship to mindfulness and looking. I have a studied experimental mode of work; it is not aimed at perfection, but rather discovery. I want to communicate a feeling of extension beyond a plan or formula. Contrary forces operate in my paintings as complimentary and interdependent, creating a dynamic whole. I use gesture, layering, line, transparency and opacity together, in varying degrees to create layers of possibility. A balance is struck between the physical and mental image in my work. This is a dynamic equilibrium and it is aimed at discovery and contemplation.
Richard D. York received his Master of Fine Arts in Visual Studies degree from Pacific Northwest College of Art’s Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies. He is a recipient of a Merit Scholarship for 2012-2014 from the Pacific Northwest College of Art. Richard recently had his paintings selected for publication in the Spring 2014 edition of Studio Visit Magazine and he has had two paintings selected to appear on the official San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Tumblr blog. Richard attended the 2013 MFA in Visual Studies Caldera Residency in Sisters Oregon. He has worked as a Medical/Public relations photographer for fourteen years, starting at the Portland VA hospital for 2 years and continuing at Oregon Health & Science University for 12 years. He graduated Cum Laude in 1996, receiving his Bachelor of fine Arts degree with a dual emphasis in painting and photography, from Boise State University.