Compositions in Color
February 3–28, 2017
Abstract expressionist Richard Crawford’s studio is awash in color, paintings line the four walls. On the floor plastic is taped down to catch drips and run-off from his work table. Everybody’s Coffee at 935 W. Wilson in Uptown, Chicago will hold an exhibit for Richard Crawford, Compositions in Color, February 3 – 28, 2017. An opening reception is scheduled Friday, February 3, 6 – 8 pm.
Richard was born and raised in Chicago’s North Side, where he worked as a woodworker making pool cues for billiards clubs in Lakeview. He learned to work with exotic woods, ebony and ivory inlays, and paint lacquers. Eventually he retired “because of the fumes” and turned to fine art painting where he has a number of customers who collect his work. Richard cites Gustav Klimt, Van Gogh, Wassily Kandinsky, Gerhard Richter, and Jackson Pollack as sources of inspiration.
“He works creating energetic multi-color spatter/pour paintings laced with gold leaf that seem to move,” according to Karl Sullivan, art director and manager of Everybody’s Coffee. A certain luminosity shines out of the paintings reminiscent of peacock feathers, sunlight on an ocean, clouds parting in an otherwise leaden sky.
All artwork will be for sale. Everybody’s Coffee is located at 935 W. Wilson, Chicago, IL.
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