In just the last four years, Rich Wagner's works have been included in nearly 50 exhibitions in New York, Maryland, and California. Examples of his work are included in private collections and in the Law Library at Pace University.
The son of artists, Rich's formal art education includes study at the Art Students League of New York, where he is an elected member, the Royal Academy of Arts, and the V&A Academy in London. In addition, he has studied art history, most recently at the Courtauld Institute, the University of Oxford, and the National Gallery of Ireland.
One of the factors influencing my art is the work of past masters. Their work speaks to me emotionally and intellectually. Elements of their style and approach have been incorporated into my style and approach.
The Impressionist masters are one such group. In addition to studying their work, I have studied their lives, which in turn has brought me even closer to them.
For this exhibition, I am submitting three portraits of Impressionists. Each was developed not from a single 19th-century photograph but through multiple photos and portraits filtered by my own thinking, image, and feelings toward these people. Each is a new visual assessment.
[I find it interesting that this exhibition will mark the one-year milestone for HMVC and, assuming my work is accepted, it will be my 50th exhibition].