Bliss Home is pleased to present Knoxville artist, Rick Whitehead, for March’s First Friday. Bliss Home, located at 29 Market Square, will host an opening reception on tomorrow, March 7th from 6pm to 9pm. Complimentary Steamboat Sandwiches will be provided and Rick’s art will be featured for the month of March.
Richard Whitehead was classically trained at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in painting and drawing. Rick’s work has been exhibited extensively throughout the United States, and in Antwerp, Belgium, and Murcia and Barcelona, Spain.
Learn more about Rick in our exclusive interview below!
Can you tell me a little about your background and what you are currently working on?
I was classically trained at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in painting and drawing, but have continued a drive of experimentation and discovery. Currently, I’ve been experimenting with compressed charcoals, also taking solarized photos of clouds, and am continuing a body of work inspired by aboriginal art.
Which piece are you most excited about for your upcoming First Friday exhibit?
I’ve picked pieces that I thought would go well with the ambiance and direction of Bliss Home, and of course I’m excited about all of them. I’ll be curious to see the reaction of the people who come.
Can you tell me about the theme of your show?
Certainly exploration would be the theme of this exhibit, if not my work in general.
What do you like/dislike about your show? Any frustrations during production?
I think this work will fit well in the Bliss Home space. No real frustration, of course there’s not enough space to show everything I do, but I’m not complaining. I’m hoping that the owners will let me put some of my books of art on the table for people to get a better idea of the range of work I do.
What advice would you give young artists?
Starting a career as an artist, I really felt good after meeting with old artists that still carried all the enthusiasm for art and their own explorations. They were not jaded in any way, and anxious to share their experience, they could have been kids. We did not talk economics or practicalities, it was only art. No sense of competition, and I think that should be true.
Who is your favorite artist? How do they influence your work?
Too many to list, but I’ll give an abbreviated list of primary artists for different influences; visionary; Greco, Van Gogh, Kandinsky technique; Rembrant, Dali composition; Reginal Marsh, Bosh, Lautrec color; Arthur Carles