"Since I began working on the 3D polychrome paintings, I realized that the entire world was 3D-form combined with surfaces of color/pattern. Nature, the built world, design, clothing—everything is 3D polychrome! 
For me, the play of the two-dimensional and the three-dimensional is surely the horse that pulls the cart. The paintings can be informed by such things as the exposed form that results from slicing through a layer cake or a melon—red inside juxtaposed with a green skin outside; the rectangular hole in a concrete block; striped high-heel shoes with red soles. 
Abstraction that flirts with popular culture! My work aspires to be part of the community of objects that includes West African fabric patterns, Zulu baskets, Navajo blankets, early American quilts, Day of the Dead masks, bird decoys, Shaker furniture, Indonesian bamboo fish traps, Prouvé chairs, George Ohr pots, Carlo Scarpa glassware, Japanese rice boxes, Luis Barragan houses, Raf Simons fashion, Cervélo racing bicycles, contemporary Ghanaian coffins, street fashion, and monster trucks. And, yes, I know my work can’t escape the history of all the paintings and artworks that ever existed—a thought that can drive one to distraction.
Though I love form and structure in painting, I don’t consider myself a modernist, strictly concerned with the purity of form. I feel naturally aligned with more playful postmodern attitudes. Form, yes. Formalism, no." Richard Roth.

Richard Roth received his MFA from Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia and his BFA from The Cooper Union, New York.

Roth is professor emeritus in the Painting and Printmaking Department at Virginia Commonwealth University. He is also author, artist and designer, and his work has been exhibited worldwide.

 

 selected solo exhibitions

  • 2020 “Hell Gate” Reynolds Gallery. Richmond. VA.
  • 2019 “Spuyten Duyvil“ Margaret Thatcher Projects. New York. NY.
  • 2018 “Close Call” David Richard Gallery. New York. NY.
  • 57W57arts. New York. NY.
  • 2018 “Richard Roth: Early Glass Paintings” Reynolds Gallery. Richmond. VA.
  • 2016 “Speed Bump” Reynolds Gallery. Richmond. VA.
  • 2017 “Shocks and Struts: Richard Roth - New Work” David Richard Gallery. Santa Fe. NM. 
  • 2013 “Richard Roth - Under the Influence: New Paintings and Early Work.” Reynolds Gallery. Richmond. VA.
  • 2011-2012 “No Hazmats” Tomlinson Kong Contemporary. New York, NY. 
  • 2011 "Richard Roth: Vernacular Modernism" HICA, Highland Institute of Contemporary Art. Loch Ruthven. Scotland.
  • 2010 "Perimeter Check" Reynolds Gallery. Richmond. VA.

 

selected group exhibitions

  • 2021 "(Re)Birth of Venus" Pulpo Gallery. Murnau am Staffelsee. Germany.
  • 2021 “Chromatic” Bentley Gallery. Phoenix. Arizona.
  • 2020 “Up to Now” Valletta Contemporary. Valletta. Malta.
  • 2019/2020 “Truthiness and the News” deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum. Lincoln. MA.
  • 2019 “Impossible Objects” Davidson Gallery. New York. NY.
  • 2019 “AFTERMINIMALISM” Valletta Contemporary. Valletta. Malta.
  • 2019 “CENTURY. idee Bauhaus” drj - Dr. Julius | AP. Berlin. Germany.
  • 2018 “Grafik” Harper's Books. East Hampton. NY.
  • 2018 “What's the Matter” Marquee Projects. Bellport. NY.
  • 2018 “57W57arts” New York. NY.
  • 2017 “Transcendent Functionalism” Jeff Bailey Gallery. Hudson. NY.
  • 2017 “Hybrid Form” Margaret Thatcher Projects. New York. NY.
  • 2017 “Raakvlakken” a group exhibition in the Achmea Building. Leiden. Netherlands. 
  • 2015 “RE-OP: 'The Responsive Eye Fifty Years After'” David Richard Gallery. Santa Fe. NM.
  • 2015 “New Dominion” Mixed Greens Gallery. Curated by Lauren Ross. New York. NY.
  • 2014 “100 Painters of Tomorrow” Beers Contemporary. London. U.K.
  • 2014 “Maximal/Minimal” Kinz + Tillou Fine Art. Brooklyn. NY. 
  • 2014 “Sensation” David Richard Gallery. Santa Fe. NM. 
  • 2014 – 2015 ART in Embassies | US Department of State, Villa Richardson, the official residence of the U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See. Vatican City.
  • 2013 Institute Library Gallery, Punchline, group exhibition, curated by Kevin Daly, New Haven, CT, November 
  • 2012 “Line and Plane” McKenzie Fine Art. New York. NY. 
  • 2012 “Dorothee Joachim and Richard Roth” Devening Projects + Editions. Chicago.
  • 2011 Galerie Rob de Vries. Haarlem. The Netherlands.
  • 2010 "Op, Pop and Geo Again" David Richard Contemporary. Santa Fe. NM.
  • 2010 "Line, Curve, Form" David Richard Contemporary. Santa Fe. NM.
  • 2010 "Exit Light" Reference Gallery. Richmond. VA.
  • 2009 "Painting, Smoking, Eating” Triple Candie. A Case Room project. New York. NY.
  • 2009 "Color as Structure" Frederieke Taylor Gallery. Viewing Room. Curated by Julie Langsam. New York. NY.
  • 2009 "Book A Table" Rocket Gallery. London. UK.
  • 2009 "Personal Space" ParisCONCRET. Paris. France.
  • 2008 "Merger: New Minimal Painting in Dialogue with Contemporary Furniture Design" Rocket Gallery. London. UK.
  • 2008 PULSE New York Contemporary Art Fair. Artware Editions.
  • 2008 “Weight of the World” Reed Gallery. University of Cincinnati. Ohio.
  • 2007 Reynolds Gallery. Exhibition essay by Stephen Westfall. Richmond. VA.
  • 2007 "Cowboy Magic" Lamar Dodd School of Art Main Gallery. University of Georgia. Exhibition essay by Saul Ostrow.
  • 2007 “Wide Open” McCaig Welles and Rosenthal Gallery. Brooklyn. NY.
  • 2007 “Modeling the Photographic: The End(s) of Photography” McDonough Museum of Art. Curated by Saul Ostrow. Youngstown. Ohio.
  • 2006 “Chronicle” Lab Gallery. New York. NY. 
  • 2006 “Bad Drawing” University of Cincinnati. Curated by Mark Harris.
  • 2003 Reynolds Gallery. Richmond. VA. 
  • 2003 “Americana” School of Visual Arts Gallery. New York. NY.
  • 2002 “Grief: A Collection” Virginia Museum of Fine Art.
  • 2000 Trans Hudson Gallery. New York.
  • 1999 Trans Hudson Gallery. New York. 
  • 1999 “The Manchurian Candidate” 30 Paris Street. In collaboration with Carmel Buckley. Curated by Ciara Ennis and David Goldenberg. London. UK.
  • 1998 “Form(s): A Collection” Shillam + Smith. London. U.K.
  • 1998 California Museum of Photography. University of California. Riverside.
  • 1996 "Obsession" Nexus Contemporary Art Center. Atlanta.
  • 1995 TZ’Art & Co., New York, Testwall installation.
  • 1994 “The Language of Place”. Museum of Modern Art, Saitama, Japan. Curated by Sarah Rogers (Wexner Center, Director of Exhibitions).
  • 1993 “Form Out of Context” SPACES Gallery. Cleveland.
  • November 1992 – January 1994 “American Pluralism” group exhibition curated by Terry Barrett. Traveled to Antwerp, Belgium; London, England; Glasgow, Scotland; Oslo, Norway; Helsinki, Finland; Budapest, Hungary; Dresden, Germany.
  • 1991 – 1992 “Ohio Selections X” Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art. 
  • 1991 Chicago International Art Exposition.
  • 1990 "The New Eccentricity: Sculpture" Bess Cutler Gallery. New York. NY. Curated by Frederieke Taylor.
  • 1990 "Painting Between the Paradigms Part IV: A Category of Objects as Yet Unnamed" Penine Hart Gallery, New York, NY. Curated by Saul Ostrow.
  • 1989 Toni Birckhead Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • 1988 "Formal" Dart Gallery. Chicago. Illinois.
  • 1987 "Directly on the Wall" Tangeman Fine Arts Gallery. University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati. Ohio. 
  • 1986 Toni Birckhead Gallery. Cincinnati. Ohio.
  • 1985 A.R.C. Raw Space. Chicago. Illinois.
  • 1985 SPACES Gallery. Cleveland. Ohio.
  • 1984 "Non-Objective" Nationwide Gallery. Columbus. Ohio.
  • 1983 John Davis Gallery. Akron. Ohio.
  • June 1982; May 1983; May 1985; June 1986 Annual Columbus Art League Exhibitions. Columbus Museum of Art. Columbus. Ohio.
  • 1983 Noyes Gallery. Antioch University. Yellow Springs. Ohio.
  • 1982 Houghton Gallery at The Cooper Union. New York. NY. 
  • 1982 Gallery at The Ohio Foundation on the Arts. Columbus. Ohio.
  • 1979 Jan Cicero Gallery. Chicago. Illinois.
  • 1978 Van Doren Gallery, San Francisco, California.
  • 1977 "Four Fourths" N.A.M.E Gallery. Chicago. Illinois.
  • 1972 O.K. Harris Gallery. New York. NY.
  • 1971 The Institute of Contemporary Art. Boston. Massachusetts.
  • 1970 Dayton Art Institute. Dayton. Ohio. 
  • 1970 "The Director's Choice" Flint Institute of Art. Flint. Michigan.
  • 1970 O.K. Harris Gallery. New York. NY.
  • 1970 Lowe Art Museum. University of Miami. Miami. Florida.
  • 1970 "1969 Annual Exhibition of Contemporary American Painting" Whitney Museum of American Art. New York. NY. 
  • 1969 Parker Street 470 Gallery. Boston. Massachusetts.
  • 1969 O.K. Harris Gallery. New York. New York.