Richard Bosman, American (1944 - )

1944 Born in Madras, India
1945-1964 Lives in Egypt and Australia
1964-1969 The Byam Shaw School of Painting & Drawing, London
1969-1971 The New York Studio School, New York
1970 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, Maine

The artist lives and works in New York State.

A major figure in what has been called both new expressionism and the figurative expressionism movement, Richard Bosman's arresting images are often enigmatic and disturbing.

He utilizes a single-frame, stop-action technique derived from both film and the comic strip. Many of Bosman's paintings and prints capture and freeze moments of fear and catastrophe. Rough, imperfect compositions and vivid textures give underlying emotional content both to his narrative and his more calm seascape subjects. Like his paintings, his prints are often drawn from popular sources such as comic books and and adventure novels, and present scenes from remembered or imagined stories. The images seem familiar and allow viewers to recognize just how much they have become part of modern life.

Though these works present recognizable images, they are not particularly realistic, preferring to exaggerate for emphasis and to draw attention to their fictiveness. Rather than slices of life, they are life served up as a dessert or an appetizer.In addition to the Elvehjem Museum, Bosman's works have been shown at the 1988 Venice Biennale, The Museum of Modern Art (NY), the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NY), The Walker Art Center (Minneapolois), The Toledo Museum of Art, the University of Maine Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, Vassar College (Poughkeepsie, NY), the University of Connecticut, Storrs, the Fairfield University Gallery (Fairfield, CT), the Rhode Island School of Design Print Gallery (Providence), the Mandeville Gallery, University of California, San Diego, the University of Michigan Museum of Art (Ann Arbor), Weber State College (Ogdon, UT), Washington University, St. Louis; University of Kansas, Lawrence, Tulane University (New Orleans), the Columbus Museum (Columbus, GA), The University of Illinois, Chicago, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Neuberger Museum, Purchase, NY and the Fort Wayne Art Museum (Indiana); his works have also been shown in galleries in NY, San Francisco, London, Milan, Munich, Valencia, Madrid, Osaka, and Tokyo.


  • Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
  • Australian National Gallery, Canberra, Australia
  • Baltimore Museum of Art
  • Bibliotheque National, Paris
  • Eli Broad Family Foundation, Los Angeles
  • The Brooklyn Museum
  • Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, VA
  • Colby College, Waterville, ME
  • The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu
  • Des Moines Arts Center
  • Detroit Institute of Art
  • Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
  • Huntington Art Gallery, University of Texas,
  • Indianapolis Museum of Art
  • IV AM, Valencia, Spain
  • Lannan Foundation, Los Angeles
  • Library of Congress, Washington D.C.
  • Memphis Brooks Museum
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
  • Milwaukee Art Museum
  • Minneapolis Institute of Arts
  • Museo Tamayo, Mexico City
  • Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh
  • Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
  • Museum of Modern Art, New York
  • National Museum of American Art, Washington, DC
  • New York Public Library, New York
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR
  • Renaissance Society, Chicago
  • Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH
  • Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
  • Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Greensboro, NC -
  • Wesleyan University, Division Art Center, Middletown, CT
  • Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
  • Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven

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