The exhibition American Modernist includes mural sketches, paintings, and lithographs spanning from his early WPA up until his death. Haines incorporated meticulous imagery and symbolism, disconnecting his work from that of his contemporaries.
Richard Haines' paintings capture "a meandering silence, a pause in time, a captive moment, all of which tend to reveal the spiritual values of humanity while depicting its physical form." -Dalzell Hatfield
Twenty years after the death of the artist, Sullivan Goss Â An American Gallery has uncovered an expansive inventory of Richard Haines (1906-1984) work -- including mural sketches, paintings, and lithographs spanning from his early WPA up until his death. Haines stands as one of the principal figures in the West Coast Modernist school.
Born in 1906, Richard Haines pursued his training at the Minneapolis School of Art. After a tour of Europe he was commissioned to do nine WPA mural commissions between 1935 and 1941, primarily for U.S. Post Offices from the Treasury Department's Section of Painting and Sculpture.
Moving to Los Angeles in the 1940s, Haines began teaching at the Chouinard Art Institute and exhibiting in a number of exhibitions, including LACMA in 1944 and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in 1952. Having steadily won a number of awards across the country, Haines become a nationally recognized artist.
As a painter and watercolorist Haines was prolific and well regarded. In the late 1950s Haines began experimenting with alternative concepts of representational art and was soon represented by one of the West Coast's most renowned galleries, Dalzell Hatfield. Here, he exhibited alongside fellow West Coast Modernists Dan Lutz, Millard Sheets, and Francis De Erdely. Influenced by the concepts of cubism, fragmentation and abstracted geometric forms these artists rejected the decorum of previously held artistic traditions.
Haines continued to explore the possibilities of representational painting throughout his career. Haines incorporated meticulous imagery and symbolism, disconnecting his work from that of his contemporaries.
Sullivan Goss will be staying open late to welcome artists, collectors, and interested members of the community to view this exciting exhibition. Please join us.
Image: The Wall, Oil on Canvasboard, 16 x 20, 1944. Opening Reception: Saturday December 4, 5 Â 7pm
Sullivan Goss Â An American Gallery (Downtown) 7 East Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara, CA