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Richard Mayhew

American, b. 1924

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Richard Mayhew

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American, b. 1924

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Biography

Committed to the idea that art can play a role in racial equality, Richard Mayhew creates emotionally evocative landscapes that often feature a nondescript, solitary tree. Once a regular at the Cedar Bar, a bohemian hangout in New York City, he developed his improvisational approach from the Abstract Expressionists he met there, conceiving of painting as something akin to jazz. Though he traversed the United States by car to study different environments, his gestural process of pouring paint onto a canvas and working it into lush fields of color drives his practice. “Landscape has no space, no identity,” Mayhew once said. “It allows the painting to be about emotion.” In his earlier work, Mayhew limited his landscapes to a spare palette, but in the mid-1970s he began incorporating bold colors into his work.

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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 2 more
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San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
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Biography

Committed to the idea that art can play a role in racial equality, Richard Mayhew creates emotionally evocative landscapes that often feature a nondescript, solitary tree. Once a regular at the Cedar Bar, a bohemian hangout in New York City, he developed his improvisational approach from the Abstract Expressionists he met there, conceiving of painting as something akin to jazz. Though he traversed the United States by car to study different environments, his gestural process of pouring paint onto a canvas and working it into lush fields of color drives his practice. “Landscape has no space, no identity,” Mayhew once said. “It allows the painting to be about emotion.” In his earlier work, Mayhew limited his landscapes to a spare palette, but in the mid-1970s he began incorporating bold colors into his work.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 2 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Whitney Biennial
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Articles Featuring Richard Mayhew
How the Spiral Group Amplified the Diversity of Black Artists in 1960s America
Aug 20th, 2020
How the Spiral Group Amplified the Diversity of Black Artists in 1960s America
The Music Behind Herb Alpert’s Sculptures and Richard Mayhew’s Immersive Landscapes
Feb 2nd, 2015
The Music Behind Herb Alpert’s Sculptures and Richard Mayhew’s Immersive Landscapes
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