known for his portraits and landscapes painted from nature in the traditional
manner, Mr. Whitney’s paintings hang in over 550 public and private
collections throughout the United States and abroad. These include the
Anchorage Museum of Art and History, the Anderson House Museum, the
Newark Museum, the Springfield Museum of Art, the Pentagon, the U.S.
Department of Labor, Harvard University and the Catholic University
of Portugal. He is the youngest artist in history to have a painting
in the permanent collection of the State Capitol of Massachusetts.
A precise poet, Whitney’s dedication to
technique is uncompromising, but a spirit of generosity emanates from
all his work that becomes an act of life affirmation; his canvases are
with emotional overtones that envelope the subject matter in an aura
of such perfect harmony that it resounds a universal theme. Born in
1946, Richard graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of New Hampshire.
He studied with Sidney F. Willis and with the noted Boston painter R.
H. Ives Gammell for five years. He has won over forty regional and national
awards; his work has been seen on national cable television and has
been the subject of numerous newspaper and magazine articles.
Mr. Whitney is a certified board member
of the American Society of Portrait Artists and the Copley
Society. He is the author of Painting The Visual Impression and
co-author of Realism in Revolution: The Art of the Boston School.
His paintings have been reproduced in other books: Edmund C. Tarbell
and the Boston School of Painting and New Hampshire, an Illustrated
History of the Granite State.
Whitney has traveled and painted in Europe,
Japan, Alaska, and the Caribbean and has lectured extensively throughout
the Northeast. He is a painting advisor for “American Renaissance for
the Twenty-first Century,” a non-profit organization. He is listed in
a dozen reference books including American Artists of Renown,
The New York Art Review, Who’s Who in American Art, Who’s
Who in the East and International Men of Achievement.
parts of a subject, eliminating unnecessary details, and using other
technical means of expression, I make each painting my own interpretation
of reality. My purpose in doing so is really quite simple: I agree with
Renoir, there is enough ugliness in the world and that it is not necessary
to make more of it. I try to use my academic training in drawing and
composition, together with my impressionist eye for color, value and
mass, to create paintings that will give people a sense of joy and hope
and a view of the world often more pleasant than reality.”
Newark Museum of Art
Museum of Art
Hampshire State Capitol
University of Portugal
Univ. School of Medicine
Academy of Music