Small Editions highlights my exploration of the human/nature divide — people who have lost identification with the natural world and with each other.
After quiet contemplation of nature, my landscapes depict epiphanies, moments when the natural world comes alive for me. As Rodin once said, "Art is contemplation. It is the pleasure of the mind which searches into nature and there defines the spirit of which Nature herself is animated."
Richard York 2016
RICHARD YORK was born in Delavan, Wisconsin in 1955 and raised in Sacramento, California. He moved to Salt Spring Island, British Columbia in 2009, becoming a Canadian citizen. While building his art studio in Salt Spring, he co-wrote a PBS documentary about the environmental history of California. The documentary "Becoming California" won 2 San Francisco Bay Area Emmy Awards in which Richard York and his writing partner both received Emmys for best documentary.
An early interest in woodcuts led York to begin printing as a teenager and he has been printmaking for forty years. Richard York's keen appreciation and deep understanding of environmental issues informs and inspires his work. His small-edition reduction woodcuts and linocuts, combining abstraction, texture and colour, reflect his interest in the uneasy and often tense boundaries between natural and man-made landscapes.
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