“Heinsohn’s colorful, dynamic paintings synthesize abstract expressionism, surrealism and conceptualism, and draw inspiration from artists like Goya, Rauschenberg and Duchamp to convey a singular astuteness, both aesthetically and conceptually, that grounds his work firmly in the contemporary.”
-Melinda Baker , FOR USA TODAY NETWORK – TENNESSEE
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.
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.