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The art of Richard Vaux has been described by historians as Formalist, Romantic, Abstract Impressionist. The Irma Jaffe review in the April, 1993 issue of Art News mentions “Entering the radiant environment created by the paintings of Richard Vaux is to move into an atmospheric, suggestive space that serves as a metaphor for the world of nature…”
His “archetypal Lightscapes” have evolved over the past 40 years. The Abstract Impressionist paintings and works on paper often appear specific and “realistic”…often “abstract, natural.” To Vaux each new work is an abstraction inspired by nature and the nature of the media. His works are about light and illumination… the visible and the invisible.
Since his first visit to Iceland in 1970, the art of Richard Vaux has been strongly influenced and inspired by the natural aspects of that country. Most recently, Vaux spent the month of May, 2003, as Artist in Residence at The Harfnarfjordur Institute of Culture and Fine Art in Hafnarfjordur, Iceland. During his tenure at the institute several experiences inspired the present “Archetypal Lightscapes.” The early morning sunsets at 12:30 a.m. and sun rises three hours later, the dramatic weather changes from hour to hour, the massive collections of the wind blown lava dust on the glacier walls, the hot material bubbling to earths surface from deep within and the great visual contrasts in the uplands of Borgarfjordur and the Husafell are some of the aspects of the 2003 experience which became a passion to Vaux and a profound influence on his new work.