Richard Mayhew

Richard Mayhew


Charcoal on brown paper

8 3/4 x11 3/4 inches

Price on request

Signed "Mayhew" lower right front

Born in Amityville, Long Island. Studied with James Wilson Peale with whom he collaborated on a medical encyclopedia. Especially interested in landscape, he went to Europe in 1957 on a grant at the Academia in Florence, Italy and was granted permission to study the archives at the Louvre, The Prado and the Rijksmuseum.  

First showed  at the Morris Gallery 1957 and subsequently  at the Midtown Payson Galleries in NYC where renown art critic John Canaday wrote"the strength and certainty and sheer handsomeness of his new paintings are especially gratifying because he works in the neglected field of landscape.  "

During the 1960s, as an active member of the Spiral Group, he became friends with Romare Bearden and Norman Lewis, and other African-American painters who met to examine their role  as activists in the time of the roiling civil rights movement.   I n 1978, he had a retrospective at the Studio Museum in Harlem. His work is represented in museums and private collections around the world. 

This is a rare drawing by the artist from a fine private collection.

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