Archive for October 7, 2014

Artist of the moment……..Richard Estes



Richard Estes is an American artist working in a photo realist style. Richard Estes was born in Kewanee, Illinois in the year 1932. Estes paints urban scenes and paints with a great sense of depth in his work. A key aspect of his work is his use of reflections. The artist does most of his larger works in oils but also works in gouache and watercolor on smaller pieces.

Estes attended the Art Institute of Chicago.

After art school Estes found employment as a freelance artist working with magazines. Estes lived abroad in Spain and also in New York City. After a decade of painting Estes was able to quit his day job and focus on painting full time and selling via galleries.

Below a great sample of works by Richard Estes:

Estes is a member of the National Academy of Design.

The artist would portray his landscape work so that it would appear to be a nice calm day in the morning.

Price range information: Estes was a prolific printmaker and prints can be found starting around $5,000. Originals in oils can reach $600,000.

What a wonderful artist! If you look carefully his reflections are both real and abstract. A sticker or sign might say STOP, but the reflection will reverse the image and Estes would paint it. Estes paintings of department store windows are amazing!