Richard Heinsohn, 'Life Forms Navigate Complex Vibrations in the Spirit of Cooperation'

Richard Heinsohn, 'Life Forms Navigate Complex Vibrations in the Spirit of Cooperation'

Artist Biography
Heinsohn holds a B.F.A. in painting and drawing from The University of Georgia. He moved to New York City in 1986 and lived and worked there for fifteen years. He has shown repeatedly in group shows with Allan Stone Gallery, most notable of which was the Summer Group Show of 1995 where he was included along with Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline, Eva Hess, Richard Estes, Robert Ryman and other notable artists. 
Allan Stone (1932-2006), well known as one of the world’s premier and most visionary collectors of art, collected Heinsohn's paintings and supported him extensively.
Richard currently lives and works in Nashville TN. In 2007 he received the "Critic's Pick" from The Nashville Scene for his solo exhibit, The Paradox of Change at Estel Gallery, which included his vibrant cratered paintings. He was also featured in The Tennessean for this exhibition, which raised questions about destruction, creation and transformation.
This marked Heinsohn’s return to visual art after a six-year hiatus during which he focused on performing and recording music.
Since his return to painting, Heinsohn's work has been shown extensively and has been the subject of numerous articles. He is currently represented by The Bill Lowe Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia, and has just been included in the permanent collection of Spain's newest contemporary and modern art museum, Museo Collection Roberto Polo in Toledo.
Art Piece Description
Clearly visible in both the photo paintings and his newly developed Relational Abstractions, Heinsohn’s twenty first century work continues to reflect his long term commitment to conceptual abstraction as a reflection of the Anthropocene era, conjuring the sublime and the otherworldy into the context of chaos and cataclysm.
My work has evolved through a number of periods which have all come from a place of empathy, a reflection on our world and a fascination with the myriad of unknown and unexplained phenomena surrounding us.  

These recent paintings invite viewers to participate in the formulation of perceived images. I call this work RelationalAbstraction because the nature of the abstract forms and spaces allows viewers to employ their imaginations and make associations particular to their own psyches. Such were the ambitions of Gordon Onslow Ford, Wolfgang Paalen, Roberto Matta and others working as abstract surrealists in the period between 1939 and 1945.      

This work is a twenty first century continuum of abstract surrealism and builds on the notion that art can only enlighten society if it elevates consciousness by stimulating the imagination. Amidst the morass of upheaval, disaster and uncertainty we now experience globally, to address humanity's tendency towards materialism, divisiveness and disillusionment by psychic stimulus seems far more plausible than choosing subject matter from among the many symptoms of its decline. Today's high speed distribution of information and misinformation greatly impairs our collective ability to think critically and respond with sensitivity to injustice and calamity. 

Art that functions as a platform for imaginative discovery can play a significant role in encouraging viewers to embrace empathy as well as creative and critical thinking. The more we consider the vastness of unknown realities, the more we perceive ourselves as one unified world.

For a painting to be art it must organically convey sensations of enigma and elements of discovery. To create these experiences within the paintings, I employ a predominantly intuitive and gestural approach, yielding to internal impulses while maintaining a concentration which bypasses cognition. The more inadvertent or incidental the abstract elements are, the more surprising and invigorating to the viewers’ imaginations when specific images do become manifest. It is this delicate and teetering balance between form and field, between animated entities and mere configurations of color, form and space, that allows viewers to complete the context by deriving content in their own minds.  

As paintings that invite the viewers in to make personalized discoveries, many interpretations on various levels can co-exist and contribute to the shared art experience.
Richard Heinsohn, 'Life Forms Navigate Complex Vibrations in the Spirit of Cooperation', Relational Abstractions, Mixed Media, (Tapestry Hang) - $60K Appraisal Value
Appraisal Value: $ 60,000.00
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Artist: Richard Heinsohn 
Title: 'Life Forms Navigate Complex Vibrations in the Spirit of Cooperation' 
Series: Relational Abstractions
Dimensions: 86" x 120"
Style: Contemporary Art
Circa-Period: 2019 
Condition: Excellent/New 
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