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Richard Mayhew
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For more than thirty-five years Mayhew has created distinguished landscapes that are not limited to one section of the country. Even in their most abstract renderings, his paintings are unmistakingly landscapes. They evoke the work of George Inness and, in their fleeting illusionary light, that of Henry Ossawa Tanner. Mayhew's paintings are derived from an intimacy and absorption with nature and our relationship to it, achieving mystery and beauty in combinations of color that are as surprising as they are evocative. His significance lies not only in his artistic achievements but also in the fact that he represents, in some respects, a bridge between the older black artists who developed through the WPA in the 1930's and those who, after World War II, attended art schools and matured during the turbulent Civil Rights Movement of the 1960's and the rise of Abstract Expressionism. -Romare Bearden