Richard Kirk Mills
My artwork over the past thirty years has always been concerned with very specific places. Those particularities of location have seen expression through painting, printmaking, paper making, garden design, public and environmental (eco)art.
I earned an MFA from City College of New York, drove a taxi, worked as a master printer, taught at the Pratt Graphics Center for five years and was Professor of Art at Long Island University/Post for 28 years where I was Director of Printmaking and Papermaking. I have been a residency artist at Jentel and Ucross in Wyoming and at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts as a Geraldine R. Dodge Fellow.
I have at various times narrated, interpreted, represented, (re)designed and abstracted the landscape. After fourteen years of highly collaborative public work I have returned to painting, working from the everyday, familiar places around me, seeking to create images that are at once subtle and iconic. I hope that the years of revealing the often hidden cultural and environmental history of place informs my recent work; that they reflect a deeper feeling of the layers of landscape and memory. Ultimately, I am trying to make good paintings from my experience.