1944 Born in Madras, India
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.