Indra Lācis, Ph.D, Curator
Featuring drawings and paintings, this exhibition highlights a range of work by Professor of Art, Richard de Peaux, who will retire from the Gwen Frostic School of Art in the late spring of 2018 after nearly forty years of teaching at Western Michigan University. In his own words, Prof. de Peaux has described how “the simple beauty revealed by ideas and concepts in science and nature remains an important aspect within the subject matter of my work,” continuing that, “to me as a painter, I look at ideas and concepts much like a traditional artist would look at a landscape or still-life. Then, I try to paint or make visible what I see and understand by reducing my brush stroke to one or two lines in a colored field.” Comparing the process of making visible the invisible, de Peaux situates his practice parallel to quantum theory and the quantum mechanical view which, as Gordon James suggested in his 1969 essay, The Maser, “does not destroy the classical view, but rather adds a new dimension to the classical view.” It is from this perspective that Professor de Peaux is deeply interested in expanding the apprehension of reality by portraying the knowledge of nature rather than just nature itself.
About the artist:
Richard de Peaux is a professor of art in Western Michigan University's Gwen Frostic School of Art where he specializes in painting, drawing, printmaking, and art history. Beginning in 1970, de Peaux's work has been exhibited in the United States in O.K. Harris/Works of Art in New York City; the Brooklyn Museum at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.; the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis; Chicago Center for the Print; Focus Michigan Exhibition at the Detroit Institute of Arts and Flint Institute of Arts; the Grand Rapids Art Museum; the Milwaukee Art Center; the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory Gallery, Batavia, Illinois; the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology; the Heart of America National Print Exhibition, University of Missouri Museum of Art; and in a host of countries including Japan, where he has exhibited at Formes Gallery (Ginza, Tokyo), Kino Kuni-Ya Gallery (Shinju-ku, Tokyo), Gallery Natsukiko (Tokyo), American Center/American Embassy (Tokyo), Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Peti Atelier (Tokyo), Gallery Heian (Kyoto), Hosaka Gallery (Numazu), and The Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art (Sapporo). In July of1995 he was featured in and on the cover of the Tokyo Monthly Gallery Magazine.
Other international exhibitions include venues in such cities as Seoul and Taejon, South Korea; the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan; Gallery Metz, Umea, Sweden; New Vision Gallery, Auckland New Zealand; the Curwen Gallery and the Lucy Milton Gallery, London, England; and at CERN, the European Laboratory for Particle Physics, Geneva, Switzerland. He has received 18 grants and fellowships that have allowed him to travel, exhibit and lecture in such destinations as Japan, South Korea, Germany, Austria, France, England, Italy, Switzerland, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic.
In 1995, he was the first visiting artist in the College of Science and Technology, Nihon University, Tokyo, Japan, giving talks to Ph.D. students and professors in Physics, Acoustic Architecture, and Psychology. During 1995 he was invited to give a lecture in the law department of Han Yang University in Seoul, South Korea, followed by a lecture at Sookmyung Women's University, Seoul, to a group from the art department, computer science department, physics department and the language and linguistics department. In 1998, he was invited to present a paper about his work titled “Blending Art and Science" at the American Association of Physics Teachers Annual Conference in New Orleans.
Professor de Peaux' work is included in a number of public collections, including the British Museum, Bavarian National Museum (Munich), Library of Congress, Lincoln Center Rare Book Library New York City, The National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Nihon University (Tokyo), Kunitachi College of Music (Tokyo); and the following universities in the United States: Northwestern (Illinois), Wisconsin, State University of New York at Buffalo, Michigan, University of California (Santa Barbara & Berkeley), Eastman School of Music, North Texas State, Illinois (Urbana), Colorado, Maryland, Miami (Ohio), Tuffs, Yale, and Harvard.
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This exhibition is made possible with support from the Gwen Frostic School of Art, the College of Fine Arts, and the Friends of the Richmond Center.