Richard Whitten constructs intricate yet expansive spaces of interior architecture by applying oil paint and metal leaf to shaped wood panel. Arches, pinnacles, and buttresses flank seemingly endless passageways. The viewer's gaze is pulled into spaces that are physically impossible to access, eliciting our curiosity and imagination. Tapestry-like designs of geometric and floral details are painted in the margins of the paintings, reminding the viewer of the painting's presence. The formality of Whitten's compositions is diffused by the playfulness of what each painting evokes.
Richard C. Whitten is a full time painting professor at Rhode Island College where he has been teaching for over nine years. In addition, he is an Instructor for the Rhode Island School of Design's summer programs.
Mr. Whitten has received numerous research grants throughout the years; including a grant from The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, an Artist's Space Exhibition Grant in New York City, and several Faculty Research Grants from Rhode Island College. He has also been the juror for several public grant-giving panels, which include: The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts "Artist Project Grant", "Education in the Arts Program," and the "Rhode Island Scholastic Art Awards".