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Richard Freeman’s paintings can be seen in over 70 private collections from Maine to Singapore. Specializing in commissioned portraits, Richard’s work has expanded to include a wide range of media and subject matter. In 2000, he began working for the first time with business owners and designers to create site-specific art for commercial and residential interiors.

Richard started painting in 1992 after 10 years as the artistic director of the New Ehrlich Theatre in Boston. He found studio space at King Terminal Studios in South Boston and set about painting portraits of everyone he knew, producing almost 75 oil paintings in a year.

In San Francisco, Richard began to use acrylic, watercolor, pastel, color pencil and ink in his artwork. His works on paper led to print making and monotype portraits. He continues to experiment with different media and subject matter, often working in series and investigating variations within a defined set of constraints.

In 2010 Richard focused on writing, most notably WaiterChat his year long daily blog touching on issues of customer service, restaurants, and the inner life of desserts.

In 2012 Richard expanded his artistic palette to include digital video. Studying at SFSU he immersed himself in all things digital (camera operation, editing software, screenwriting, lighting and sound design, and production) which culminated in the creation of rwf productions.

Artistic statement
“The urgency of time, the limitations of circumstance, and expression of personality are the main themes of my work. I approach each piece intuitively seeking to convey a sense of psychology about the subject. Important visual influences are the works of Alice Neel, Alexi Jawlensky, and Marsden Hartley.”

Academic training
Hampshire College, BA: labor economics
Harvard University, concentration: design
University of Massachusetts, concentration: theatre arts
Boston Museum of Fine Arts School, concentration: painting, sculpture, print making
Academy of Art College, concentration: drawing, painting
San Francisco State University, digital video intensive

2013 Shows/Collections

rwf productions presents, SAVORING SENSES, 5 short films on the subject of pleasure

Pears, Sex & Hawaii @ John Francis Spa, 4200 18th Street @ Collingwood, SF
(on-going)