Battle at the Red River
Oil on Linen
16 x 20 inches
Signed Lower Right
Richard Luschek believes that his job as a painter is more than just reproducing objects on canvas. The artist should aim for something elevated and finer; nature observed through a nobler temperament. Richard’s paintings are expressions of light, atmosphere, color, and tonal beauty. These elements transform nature into art that is both aesthetically pleasing and meaningful for the viewer. Richard uses the techniques and traditions of the great classical painters. Even though these techniques are centuries old, he uses these skills to create pictures relevant for today’s audience, as he infuses a narrative and wit that adds to the compelling arrangements he creates.
Growing up on a farm outside of Cincinnati, Ohio, Richard spent his childhood drawing and constructing fantastical environments out of wood and cardboard that would become his playground. He had a natural artistic talent even as a child, but it was his interest in science that propelled him to study biology in college. It was while sketching and drawing in the margins of his chemistry notes, that he decided on his eventual career. After graduating from the University of Cincinnati with Bachelor’s degrees in both Biology and Fine Arts, he was fortunate to apprentice at the Paul Ingbretson Studio of Drawing and Painting located in Manchester, New Hampshire. Mr. Ingbretson is a living modern master of the Boston School tradition and studied under the late R. H. Ives Gammell. With a legacy passing through the Boston School to French Academic Painting, this rigorous training imparts a foundation of time-honored techniques that blend solid academic drawing with beautifully seen impressionistic color. Notable figures of the early Boston tradition include William McGregor Paxton (1869-1941), Joseph DeCamp (1858-1923), Frank W. Benson (1862-1951), and Edmund C. Tarbell (1862-1938).
Richard Luschek’s teaching experience includes drawing and painting classes at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, the University of Cincinnati and at the historic Women’s Art Club in Mariemont.. Richard also teaches these traditional techniques to private students in his north lit studio in Eden Park.
He also works as a scenic artist at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. His imaginative pen and ink illustrations appear in numerous publications. One of Richard’s many portraits is in the permanent collection of the Cincinnati Art Museum. His work also hangs in private collections on the East Coast and in Cincinnati. A Signature Member of the Cincinnati Art Club, Richard Luschek is available for commissions and offers private instruction to those interested in serious classical training in both drawing and painting.