"Couple #1" | Monotype | 12x15" image, 17x20 sheet | 1991| my signature was so dorky in '91!...
20 years ago I started my "Couples" series. This week I hit 200 pieces between paintings and works on paper. The beginning of the series was inspired by Henri Matisse and his incredible, "Back" sculpture series. You can see the influence in my first "Couple #1" piece. When I saw his "Back" series I thought, "I gotta do that", well, I tried at least! My latest commission has been for a collector who wanted a specific "Tango" inspired Monotype of mine that was gone so I made a suite of small "Tango" pieces for them to pick from. It took me 17 years to create the first 100 pieces in this series and the last two and a half years to create the other 100. I think that I am getting a little faster and a little better at this! Have a Creative and Happy 2012 Ya'll!
Henri Matisse, The Back Series, The Back IV, c. 1931, Museum of Modern Art, New York...
"Tango Couple #194" | Monotype | 5x7" image, 8x10" sheet | 2011 | I made these 7 pieces one after another. Creating a suite in one sitting I always rush the first plate with over inking and impatience. I settled down on the remaining 6...
"Couple #200"= my year is done! | Monotype | 5x7" image, 8x10" sheet | 2011 | sold ...
John DykesDecember 24, 2011
Beautiful work, Richard - Heres to another 100 in 2012!
Richard DownsDecember 24, 2011
Thank you, John. Yep, my new year's resolution! Take care!
Victor JuhaszDecember 25, 2011
Beautiful work, Richard. Love #1. Here's to a very creative and productive 2012.
Heidi YoungerDecember 27, 2011
What a wonderful series, I love your monotypes!!
Douglas FraserDecember 29, 2011
Keep em' going. I too was inspired by the Matisse back series. Wishing a good 2012 for you.
Richard DownsDecember 30, 2011
Thank you, Victor- here's to 2012!
Hello Heidi, I really appreciate the comment, thank you and cheers!
Hey Doug, I see your work more as sculpture than painting. I'd love to see your figurative work translated into sculpture, your new job for 2012! :)