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Get the Picture?

(Please note: The Visitor & Administration Building and Gallery are closed Sundays until April 6.)

Get the Picture? will be on display Tuesdays through Saturdays (and Sundays beginning April 6), February 4 to May 4 in the Visitor & Administration Building Gallery, with an opening reception on Sunday, February 16, from 1 to 4pm.

Artist Alan Richards's colorful satirical composite images, or photomanipulations, feature elements juxtaposed to create pieces that portray humor and whimsy.

Artist's Bio and Statement

I was born and raised in New York City. Although not formally trained in art, I have  produced artworks of various sorts for many years. By profession, I am an audiologist.    

I have always been interested in art and design.  My earlier works were done in ink and watercolors and are shown on my website. My interest in computers and design evolved into composite images (photomanipulations)  from multiple images. Sometimes people think that these images are simple photographs. Not so. They consist of multiple images in which segments of one photo is melded into the framework of the entire image.  These image composites often take on a surrealistic feeling. My goal as an artist is to turn mundane events into unique images which tell a story.    

My favorite painters are Rene Magritte and Edward Hopper. So, whether by design or personality, the works appear to either depict quirky scenes or those of solitude.. or a combination of both. 

I find that my artwork is a definite extension of my inner feelings. It represents how I view events and people around me, things that I see that are ridiculous or inane, social trends and societal warped values, getting older, media hyperbole, and a whole host of other things irking or wonderful.

So, when I look at the body of work that I've produced thus far, I see a mix of satirical pieces, pieces of individuals not communicating with each other, or other scenes of solitude or beauty. It's schizoid but it represents the feelings of this artist.

I like the satirical pieces best because they portray the inner feelings I have in a humorous or whimsical way. Although the pieces are sometimes bizarre, it is my desire that viewers will appreciate the story, the message, and the humor.

It would be nice for everyone to like my works but that's not going to happen. So, if an individual does not happen to like my work, that's okay. It's expected. I have a great time producing the work and I hope that you enjoy it. 

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