Richmond Burton, an abstract painter and printmaker, earned his BA in Architecture from Rice University. He lives and works in East Hampton.
Burton’s colorful and harmonious paintings and graphic work are composites of his vocabulary of organic shapes that flow together in undulating patterns resulting in unique multi-colored abstractions. With a background in architecture, many of Burton’s works stress visual order. Hard-edged geometrical forms dominated his early canvases, but later a more organic patterning emerged.
Burton boasts a lengthy list of solo exhibitions, showing at Cheim & Read and Matthew Marks in New York, Goss Gallery in Dallas, Hamiltons Gallery in London, among a great many others. In 1990 he had a solo show at the Berkeley Art Museum.
His work is held in the collections of the National Gallery of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MOMA, the Fogg Museum at Harvard University, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College, the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts, the New York Public Library, and the Columbus Museum of Art, among many others. It is also held in the important corporate collections at UBS, Microsoft, and others.
Because Burton remains active, his work is relatively scarce outside of galleries.