blackbird spring 2002 vol.1 no. 1


RICHARD CARLYON  |  Selected Work


Artist, teacher, and friend Richard Carlyon died Friday, January 20, 2006, after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 75.

Richard Carlyon appeared in Blackbird’s first issue, and we present his work again through a visit with his paintings, drawings and videos as they appeared in a selective retrospective of his work at Richmond’s Reynolds Gallery, November 4 – December 23, 2005. This exhibition celebrated Richard’s selection as the recipient of Virginia Commonwealth University’s President’s Medal, given in recognition of outstanding service to the VCU community as teacher and artist.

We wish that we could better convey the texture, scale, and subtle grace of these paintings, drawings, and moving images, but we hope that you will leave here with some sense of the remarkable sensibility that provides the anima for work that is—in turns—meditative, witty, intimate, and provocative. Richard Carlyon’s art affords its own echoes of a shimmering world, one where the tactile seduction of a surface provides a portal to the ongoing conversation that art grants us all.  

 red again, 1989
 still capture from video

Richard Carylons Flight Song and an August 2002 interview appear in Blackbird, v1n1.