Richard Whitney

15th Annual ARC Salon (2020-2021)

Richard Whitney

United States

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Artist, author and educator Richard Whitney, PhD.H is internationally known for his portraits and landscapes painted in the style of contemporary realism.  Town and Country magazine has named him one of the top dozen portrait painters in America.  Fine Art Connoisseur has called him one of “the giants of the field” of figurative painting.  Dr. Whitney's paintings hang in over 800 public and private collections throughout the United States and abroad.  They include the Anchorage Museum of Art and History; the Anderson House Museum; the Newark Museum; the Pentagon; Harvard, Yale, and Stanford Universities; and the Catholic University of Portugal.  He has won over 50 regional and national awards as well as three grants from the Greenshields Foundation of Montreal.  He was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from the University of New Hampshire in 2015 and the Lotte Jacobi Living Treasure Award from the State of New Hampshire in 2017.


Dr. Whitney has painted more than 400 portraits including numerous CEOs of industry, presidents of universities and educational leaders as well as family and individual portraits. Whitney is the author of the book Painting the Visual Impression which summarizes the basic principles of representational painting.  First published in 1972, it has been read by artists and art lovers world-wide and is regarded as a classic in its field.  He has also published Advice to a Young Artist, Letters of Ives Gammell to Richard Whitney, a collection of letters written by one of the most important artists of the 20th century.  Whitney is also a co-author of the book Realism in Revolution: The Art of the Boston School and his paintings have been reproduced in the book Edmund C. Tarbell and the Boston School of Painting


Born in 1946, Whitney graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of New Hampshire in 1968.  He studied with Sidney F. Willis and with the eminent Boston painter, R. H. Ives Gammell, for five years.  Memberships have included the American Society of Classical Realism, the Guild of Boston Artists, the National Arts Club, the Players and the Society of Illustrators.  Whitney is an Honorary Member of the Allied Artists of America and the American Artists Professional League and a Lifetime Member of the Copley Society of Art.  He is an Advisory Board member of the Art Renewal Center, the world's largest on line museum and is recognized as an ARC Living Master. 


Whitney's paintings have been seen on national cable television and have been the subject of numerous newspaper and magazine articles.  He was the cover artist for the April 1982 issue of American Artist and was featured again in April 2002.  Whitney has traveled and painted in Europe, Japan, Alaska and the Caribbean and has lectured and conducted workshops throughout the United States.  He is listed Who's Who in American Art, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the 21st Century and Who's Who in the World, 2018.


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