Richard Karwoski, American (1938 - 1993)

Richard Karwoski

Since 1963, Mr. Karwoski had over 40 solo exhibitions and participated in over 500 group shows throughout the United States and Canada. He received innumerable awards, and wrote a book "Watercolors Bright and Beautiful". His work with watercolor furthered the medium, which he felt could make as strong a statement as oil. His art has been the subject of articles and reviews in publications such as The New York Times, Woman's Wear Daily, Arts Magazine, American Artist, and Artspeak.

Born in Brooklyn, New York in 1938, he died February 1993. He studied with Richard Lindner (1901-1970) at Pratt Institute, NY and in 1963 received a Masters of Art from Columbia University. He was a professor of Art at the New York City Technical College of City University.

Mr. Karwoski generally worked on one image and one series at a time until he exhausted all possibilities and challenges of that subject.

Early paintings, drawings and collages (1960's) are figural, expressing the angst and wonderment of human form and relationships, inspired by the German Expressionist Movement of the 1920's and 30's. "Contemporary man is beset by hang-ups, and this is the statement that I am making", he said. His paintings and themes are just as relevant today as they were in the 1960's.

In 1970 he began his odyssey into shoes. His grandfather was a shoemaker and Karwoski incorporated his past with his present utilizing painting, works on paper, and assemblage to explore the very personal world of shoes. "The shoe represents freedom and mobility, and like a cave or womb there is no intrusion from the outside world"

In 1978 he moved to flower, fruit, market and bay watercolors, oils, collages and prints inspired by his home and studio surroundings in East Hampton, NY. His bold and beautiful use of watercolors inspired his book "Watercolors Bright and Beautiful" in 1988. Mixed perspectives, dramatic lighting and theme, bold colors, and an absence of gravity while combining believable objects with unnatural space made Mr. Karwoski's paintings alive with movement and vibrancy.

Mr.Karwoski continued to paint and discover until his untimely death in 1993. He has left behind a legacy of important and beautiful works of art as well as a generation of art students that continue his ideals and principals.

His works are in many museum collections, including Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum, Newark Museum, Detroit Institute of Art, Portland Museum of Fine Art, Hecksher Museum, Tennessee Fine Art Center, The Portland Museum of Art (Maine), Oklahoma Art Center, and the Arkansas Fine Art Center. He is also in many Public Collections, including Pratt Institute, University of Pennsylvania, The Salmagundi Club, NY, The Library of Congress, Washington, DC, The National Broadcasting Company, New York City Technical College, Chase Manhatten Bank, C.U.N.Y Graduate Center, The Kosciuszko Foundation, NY, and The Exxon Corporation.

He is listed in Who's Who in American Art, American Artists, American Art Directory, Print Directory, Who's Who in the East, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World, and Who's Who in Society.

Individual Exhibitions

1979
Gallery East, East Hampton, N.Y.
The Elaine Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, N.Y

1978
Petrenko Gallery, New York C.U.N.Y Graduate Center, N.Y.
Merril Lynch Pierce Fenner & Smith, New York

1977
Clay Gallery, New York

1976
Viridian Gallery, New York

1975
Terrain Gallery, New York

1974
The Open Mind Gallery, New York

1973
Charles Jourdan, New York

1971
Pace College, New York

1969
Grace Gallery, N.Y.C. Community College, Brooklyn, N.Y.

1968
Spencer Gallery Brooklyn Heights, NY.
Mineola Playhouse, Mineola, N.Y.

1967
Gallery Articulate, New York

1966
Spencer Gallery, Brooklyn Heights, N.Y


Collective Exhibitions

1979
Stoutfer Chemical Corporation, Westport, Conn. Terrain Gallery New York, "Kindness in Art" Gallery East, East Hampton, N.Y, 'Members' Show" Washington, World Gallery Quito, Ecuador, S.A. Guild Hall, East Hampton, N.Y., "Members' Exhibition"

Leslie-Lohman Gallery New York Guild Hall, East Hampton, N.Y., "Annual Clothesline Exhibition' 1979 Ashawagh Hall, East Hampton, NY., "Angry Artists Against Atomic Activity" Fire Island Pines, Fire Island, NY., "Art '79" Ashwagh Hall, East Hampton, NY., "Springs Artists" Adam Sytra Exhibit, Doylestown,P~ Great American Foot-' 'On Tour," Junior Art Center-Los Angeles, Cal.; Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, Cal.; Bellevue Art Museum-Bellevue, Washington; Milwaukee Art Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin Guild Hall Museum, East Hamp- ton, N Y., "Selections from the Permanent Collection"

1978
Heckscher Museum, Huntington, NY "Sixth Annual Holiday Ex- hibition" Jerry Gilden Gallery Baltimore, Maryland Venable Galleries,Washington, D.( Eighth Greater New Orleans Ex- hibition, New Orleans, La. O.l.A., New York, "Post Card Ex- hibition" Terrain Gallery New York, "An- nual Exhibition of Miniatures" Gallery East, East Hampton, N.Y., "East Hampton Winter" Grace Gallery N.Y.C. Community College, Brooklyn Faculty/Art Department Oklahoma Art Center, Oklahoma City Oklahoma, "Cityscape" The Heckscher Museum, Hun- tington, N.Y., "Artists ot Sutfolk County-Drawings" Vered International Gallery East Hampton, N.Y. Petrenko Gallery New York West Texas Watercolor Associa- tion-The Museum ot Texas Tech University Lubbock, Texas 1978 Silvermine Guild of Artists 29th Annual New england Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture Viridian Gallery New York 1978 The Museum of Contemporary Crafts, New York

1977
Viridian Gallery New York Terrain Gallery New York, "Miniatures" Oklahoma Art Center, Oklahoma City OkIa., "Manscape" Clay Gallery New York Grace Gallery N.Y.C. Community College, Brooklyn, N.Y.

1976
Viridian Gallery New York Terrain Gallery New York, "Art as Criticism"
Terrain Gallery New York, "Miniatures" Terrain Gallery New York, "The Philosophy of Watercolor"

1975
Terrain Gallery New York, "Miniatures" Tower Gallery New York, "The Condition of the Tie Today

1974
Clovelly Lane Gallery New York Terrain Gallery New York Royal Marks Gallery New York The Gallery Association of N.Y. State, Inc., "Counter Currents: The New Humanism" Oueensboro Community College Grace Gallery N.Y.C. Community College, Brooklyn, N.Y.

1973
Aida Hernandez Gallery New York, "Tiny Things by Big Folks" Grace Gallery N.Y.C. Community College, Brooklyn, "The New Humanists: Art in a Time of Change"

1972
Brentanos, New York Odyssey Gallery New York

1971
Allen Oppegard Gallery New York Addison Greene Gallery New York

1969
Gallery 252, Philadelphia, Pa. Greenport Playhouse, Greenport, N.Y.

1967
Channel Gallery Washington, D.C.

1966
American Federation of Art, "The Dark Mirror" Hinkley and Brohel, New York

1965
Fantasy Gallery Washington, D.C. Flair House Gallery Cincinnati, Ohio

1964
Nordness Gallery New York Contemporaries Gallery New York

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