Richmond 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. He earned a BA in Architecture from Rice University in 1984; that background in architecture lends his works a visual order. In fact, hard-edged geometrical forms dominated his early canvases, though later a more organic patterning emerged.
Burton boasts a lengthy list of solo exhibitions, with shows at Cheim & Read and Matthew Marks in New York, Goss Gallery in Dallas, and Hamiltons Gallery in London, among a great many others. In 1990 he had a solo show at the Berkeley Art Museum.
Burton’s work is held in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MOMA (Obj. No. 76.1997, 544-1990, and 77.1997), the Fogg Museum at Harvard University (Obj. Nos. 1998.179 and ), 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. His work has been reviewed in The New York Times, the New Yorker, The Huffington Post, Art in America, and ARTnews.