Drawing from nineteenth-century landscape traditions and Abstract Expressionism in equal parts, Richard Mayhew’s subjective paintings seduce the viewer through broad brushwork and tonal color choices. Raised in Amityville on Long Island, he describes his closeness to nature as deriving in part from the spiritualist traditions of his own African American and Native American heritage. Painted in the studio but inspired by his walks outdoors, Mayhew’s work transmits his immediate experience of the environment directly to the viewer.


  • Title: Friday
  • Creator: Richard Mayhew
  • Date Created: 1982
  • Provenance: Gift of Dr. Thomas A. Mathews, 1987 (87.16.1)
  • Medium: oil on canvas

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