Richard Haines


Richard Haines


Sea House
Oil on Canvas
25 x 31 inches

Signed Lower Right

Inventory ID: DH105

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Richard Haines' paintings capture "a meandering silence, a pause in time, a captive moment, all of which tend to reveal the spiritual values of humanity while depicting its physical form." - Dalzell Hatfield

Charles Richard Haines was born in Marian, Iowa on December 29, 1906. After growing up on a farm in Iowa he began his studies at the Minneapolis School of Art. While teaching at the Minneapolis School of Art he became interested in mural painting. In 1933 he won the Vanderlip Traveling Scholarship to the Ecole des Beaux Arts, Fontainebleau, France.

Shortly after his return to the United States he became involved in New Deal art projects, winning nine mural commissions, primarily for U.S. Post Offices from the Treasury Department's Section of Painting and Sculpture between 1935 and 1941. Haines moved to Los Angeles in 1941 where he began teaching at the Chouinard Art Institute. From 1954-1974 he was the head of the painting department at Otis Art Institute.

Haines was a principal figure in the West Coast Modernist school. His ouevre includes murals, sculpture, paintings, watercolors and printmaking. The artist developed a distinctive style of representation, which was influenced by cubist and abstracted geometric work. Although some of his paintings are composed of many broken planes of color, others, especially some of his figurative works, are marked by simplicity.

Biography from Sullivan Goss - An American Gallery