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James Rieck "Mostly Psychological"

Online Exhibition

January 11 – February 28, 2021

James Rieck black and white painting titled Pocketbook portrait of woman in knitted dress

Pocketbook

2021, Oil on canvas mounted on panel

60 x 30 in / 152 x 76 cm

James Rieck black and white painting titled Mostly Psychological portrait of african american woman in white shirt with her face cropped out of image

Mostly Psychological 

2020, Oil on canvas mounted on panel

36 x 24 in / 91 x 61 cm

One Moment, 2020, Oil on canvas mounted on panel

One Moment

2020, Oil on canvas mounted on panel

24 x 18 in / 61 x 46 cm

James Rieck black and white painting titled One Moment of white female on the phone with face cropped

One Moment (side view)

2020, Oil on canvas mounted on panel

24 x 18 in / 61 x 46 cm

James Rieck black and white painting titled of white female with her hand covering her mouth

Whisper

2020, Oil on canvas mounted on panel

24 x 24 in / 61 x 61 cm

James Rieck black and white painting titled of white female with her hand covering her mouth

Whisper (top detail)

2020, Oil on canvas mounted on panel

24 x 24 in / 61 x 61 cm

James Rieck black and white painting titled Charming Dickie of white female in white turtle neck dickie and round brooch

Charming Dickie

2020, Oil on canvas mounted on panel

18 x 24 in / 46 x 61 cm

James Rieck black and white painting titled Charming Dickie of white female in white turtle neck dickie and round brooch

Charming Dickie (top detail)

2020, Oil on canvas mounted on panel

18 x 24 in / 46 x 61 cm

James Rieck black and white painting titled of white female wearing a knitted cap with long pom pom

Pom-Pom

2020, Oil on canvas mounted on panel

18 x 24 in / 46 x 61 cm

James Rieck black and white painting titled of white female wearing a knitted cap with long pom pom

Pom-Pom (top detail)

2020, Oil on canvas mounted on panel

18 x 24 in / 46 x 61 cm

James Rieck black and white painting titled On the other hand showing detail of femaie arms crossed, head and face cropped from image

On The Other Hand 

2020, Oil on canvas mounted on wood panel (diptych)

Panels: 20 x 16 in / 51 x 41 cm (each)

Installation: 20 x 33.5 in / 51 x 85 cm 

James Rieck black and white painting titled On the other hand showing detail of femaie arms crossed, head and face cropped from image

On The Other Hand (side view)

2020, Oil on canvas mounted on wood panel

Panels: 20 x 16 in / 51 x 41 cm (each)

Installation: 20 x 33.5 in / 51 x 85 cm

James Rieck black and white painting titled of white female wearing white glove and gold bracelet with her face cropped from image

Looking Up
2020, Oil on canvas mounted on wood panel
12 x 36 in / 30.5 x 91 cm
 

James Rieck black and white painting titled of white female wearing white glove and gold bracelet with her face cropped from image

Looking Up (top detail)
2020, Oil on canvas mounted on wood panel
12 x 36 in / 30.5 x 91 cm
 

Press Release

James Rieck's latest series of paintings was completed during the pandemic quarantine last year. Inspired by vintage clothing and catalogues, Rieck is notorious for capturing the clothes and postures of his subjects, intentionally leaving out their face, “I don’t focus on the face in my paintings. I bring the attention to the unspoken body language of the models, and their accoutrements. Often times it is a gesture or posture that I’m interested in. It’s there that I see the history of figure and portrait painting. There’s a similar language to presenting one’s best, with undertones of hiding.” His monochromatic series is painted in grisaille with a strip of fluorescent pink around the edges, creating a subtle pink aura effect around the canvas.

James Rieck earned both his MFA and his BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and the Glasgow School of Art, Scotland. Rieck's paintings have been exhibited across the United States. Museum and group shows include: "We Could Be Heroes: The Mythology of Monsters and Heroes in Contemporary Art" at Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, "Size Does Matters," curated by Shaquille O'Neal, the Flag Foundation, New York, "As Others See Us: The Contemporary Portrait," Brattleboro Museum, VT, the Corcoran Museum, Washington, DC, "The Seasons," Nassau County Museum of Art, Long Island, NY, to name a few. His work is present in the Burger Collection, the Bollag-Rothschild Collection, Switzerland, and the Chadha Collection, The Netherlands, among others. James Rieck lives and works in Joshua Tree, CA.

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