Richard Iammarino: Selected Works 1970-2014
Win Wilder Hall is proud to present the works of Richard Iammarino in a two-gallery show in conjunction with Asymmetrick Arts. We humbly present a certain arc within Iammarino's astonishing breadth of accomplishment.
Iammarino is a virtuosic draftsman who's applied his skill to everything from surreal figurative work, to plein air landscape, to geometric abstractions. Over five decades of practice, he hasn't abandoned any facets of his art, but rather seems to cycle through these facets, reinforcing and intensifying his vision across different styles and media. For this show, both Win Wilder Hall and Asymmetric Arts will focus primarily on his extraordinarily refined abstract works.
At Win Wilder Hall, we will present an arc of Iammarino's work spanning through three key modes of work: The first works are finely rendered landscapes. In his extensive travels, Iammarino filled sketchbooks with keenly observed studies of rock formations, forest scenes, and shorelines. These studies fed more finished works: invented landscapes that are fictional, but still startling in their realism and detail. In the second theme presented, the convincing textures and compositions of his landscapes are abstracted into the impression of alien or otherworldly spaces. The third group consists of purely abstract drawings expressing a deeply observed understanding of form, drawn from disciplined observation, and catalyzed by early psychedelic experience. These works in this last category present a well-earned and airtight confidence of line and composition. Included in this group are smaller-scale studies for the dazzling large-scale oil paintings shown at Asymmetrick Arts.
Richard Iammarino is a multi-faceted artist who has applied his distinct vision to a dizzying array of media. He is accomplished in painting, drawing, printmaking, carving, casting, cartooning, mosaic, and mural-painting. After attending the Cleveland Institute of Art in the early 60's, he embraced a peripatetic lifestyle, traveling through western and eastern Europe, across north and west Africa, Brazil, India, and Bangladesh He settled in for a few months in one country, perhaps a year in another. Richard continued moving around, working and showing in San Francisco, Manhattan, Miami, Provincetown, Martha's Vineyard, Cambridge, Santa Fe, and Mexico City, with occasional forays back to India and Brazil. Last year, he established his home and studio in Rockland, Maine.