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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