Artist Richard Heipp explores the rich and evolving relationship between painting and photography. He is interested in perception, challenging the mechanisms of making paintings by hand, machine or the studied combination of both. His work also reflects on and challenges the functions of the eye as he positions viewers at the crossroads of looking and seeing.
As such Heipp describes his paintings as “photocentric” addressing the role photography plays in the way we perceive imagery. They are not intended to be merely based on mechanically produced images, but are instead highly crafted air-brushed simulations of photographs and or computer scanned images. At first glance Heipp’s hyperrealistic works deceptively appear to be photographs or some type of digitally reproduced images, but closer inspection reveals this as an illusion.
“Double-Vision: Photocentric Paintings by Richard Heipp, 1974 - 2018” was the artist’s first major retrospective exhibition. Curated by Adam Justice, of the Mint Museum, the exhibition was organized and originally shown at the Polk Museum of Art in Lakeland, FL in 2018. Selections from the exhibition then traveled to the University of North Carolina, Charlotte before coming to Moudy Gallery at TCU. The exhibition is accompanied by a 100-page, hard bound, book available in the gallery and through the University of Florida Press.
Richard Heipp is a Professor of Studio Art, specializing in painting at the School of Art and Art History at the University of Florida where he has been teaching art for 38 years.