Richard Wheeler Whitney

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Richard Wheeler Whitney

ARC Living Master TM

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American 21st Century Realist artist

Born 1946

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Andrea Gargiulo

1983

Oil on canvas

81.3 x 55.9 cms | 32 x 22 ins

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Laurie and Kilty

2016

Oil on canvas

99.1 x 76.2 cms | 39 x 30 ins

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Self Portrait

1973

Oil on canvas

61 x 45.7 cms | 24 x 18 ins

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Bill and Marie Stinson

Oil on canvas

91.4 x 71.1 cms | 36 x 28 ins

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Dan Cowan

Oil on canvas

127 x 101.6 cms | 50 x 40 ins

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Dean and Roberta Smith

Oil on canvas

127 x 101.6 cms | 50 x 40 ins

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Dr. Nelson Kiang

Oil on canvas

116.8 x 86.4 cms | 46 x 34 ins

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Autumn Storm

1989

Oil on canvas

99.1 x 119.4 cms | 39 x 47 ins

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Nancy

1975

Oil on canvas

142.2 x 106.7 cms | 56 x 42 ins

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Matinee

1982

Oil on canvas

50.8 x 61 cms | 20 x 24 ins

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Artist, author and educator Richard Whitney, PhD.H is internationally known for his portraits and landscapes painted in the style of contemporary realism.  Town and Country magazine has named him one of the top dozen portrait painters in America.  Fine Art Connoisseur has called him one of “the giants of the field” of figurative painting.  Whitney's paintings hang in over 800 public and private collections throughout the United States and abroad.  They include the Anchorage Museum of Art and History; the Anderson House Museum; the Newark Museum; the Pentagon; Harvard, Yale, and Stanford Universities; and the Catholic University of Portugal.  He has won over 50 regional and national awards as well as three grants from the Greenshields Foundation of Montreal.  Whitney was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from the University of New Hampshire in 2015 and the Lotte Jacobi Living Treasure Award from the State of New Hampshire in 2017.

 

Whitney has painted more than 400 portraits including numerous CEOs of industry, presidents of universities and educational leaders as well as family and individual portraits. He has painted eight US Governors including Mitt Romney; US Senators Tom McIntyre, Judd Gregg and James Webb, Jr.; Nobel Laureates Paul Samuelson and Phillip Sharp; Secretary of Labor Robert Reich; Cardinal Humberto Medeiros; Father McGivney, Founder of the Knights of Columbus; and actor, Ethan Hawke.  Whitney is Chairman Emeritus of the American Society of Portrait Artists Foundation.

 

Whitney is the author of the book Painting the Visual Impression which summarizes the basic principles of representational painting.  First published in 1972, it has been read by thousands of artists world-wide and is regarded as a classic in its field.  He is also a co-author of the book Realism in Revolution: The Art of the Boston School and his paintings have been reproduced in the book Edmund C. Tarbell and the Boston School of Painting. 

 

Born in 1946, Whitney graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of New Hampshire in 1968.  He studied with Sidney F. Willis and with the eminent Boston painter, R. H. Ives Gammell, for five years.  Memberships have included the American Society of Classical Realism, the Guild of Boston Artists, the National Arts Club, the Players and the Society of Illustrators.  Whitney is an Honorary Member of the Allied Artists of America and the American Artists Professional League and a Lifetime Member of the Copley Society of Art.  He is an Advisory Board member of the Art Renewal Center, the world's largest on line museum and is recognized as an ARC Living Master. 

 

Whitney's paintings have been seen on national cable television and have been the subject of numerous newspaper and magazine articles.  He was the cover artist for the April 1982 issue of American Artist and was featured again in April 2002.  Whitney has traveled and painted in Europe, Japan, Alaska and the Caribbean and has lectured and conducted workshops throughout the United States.  He is listed Who's Who in American Art, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the 21st Century and Who's Who in the World, 2018. 

 

Whitney and his artist wife Sandy Sherman live on Crescent Pond in Stoddard, NH and their property is connected to a huge forest.  Many years ago, Whitney began feeding black bears when they came out of hibernation and there was no food in the frozen forest.  The world's  leading authority on black bears, Dr. Lynn Rogers, encouraged him to continue as it was a public service and would help prevent the bears from going into town in search of food.  Whitney practiced what biologists call "diversionary feeding."    Over a ten year period, Crescent Pond became a nature lover's paradise and Whitney created what could be called a work of "environmental art" which was enjoyed by hundreds of visitors. He spent over a thousand hours walking amongst the bears in all hours of the day and night.  He stopped feeding them last year and hopes to write a book about the experience.  Whitney is trying to promote the idea of creating wildlife viewing sanctuaries in New Hampshire so that others can share the joy of seeing these magnificent animals up close and not behind a cage or as a trophy on a wall.

 

RICHARD WHITNEY,PhD.H - SELECTED AWARDS

1970 - 1973

Three Grants - Elizabeth T. Greenshields' Memorial Foundation – Montreal

1975

Third Gold Medal - Jordan Marsh Show - Boston

1976

Merit Award – Springfield (MA) Art League National Exhibition

Merit Award for Drawing – Sharon (NH) Arts Center Regional Exhibition

Excellence Award in Traditional - Cape Cod Art AssociationAll New England Exhibition

Three Awards – Ogunquit (ME) Art Center National Exhibition

Architects Award - New Hampshire Art Association Annual Exhibition

Anonymous Award in Oil - Knickerbocker Artists National Exhibition– New York City

1977

First Prize - Fitchburg (MA) Art Museum Regional Exhibition

Best of Show, People's Choice Award - Sharon Arts Center Regional Exhibition  

Grumbacher Award in Oils - Academic Artists National Exhibition– New York City

First in Oil - Cape Cod Art Association All New England Exhibition

1978

People's Choice Award - Sharon Arts Center Regional Exhibition

Finalist - American Artist Magazine National Art Competition – New York City

1979

First Prize - Fitchburg Art Museum Regional Exhibition

Ezekial A. Straw Memorial Award - New Hampshire Art Association Exhibition

1980

Yankee Sagendorph Award - Copley Society of Boston

Honorable Mention - Jubilee 350 Competition for New England Artists- Boston

The Crescent Gallery, Ltd. Award - Allied Artists National Exhibition– New York City

1982

The Margaret Fitzhugh Browne Memorial Portrait Award - Copley Society of Boston

1983

Grumbacher Gold Medal - Guild of Boston Artists Competition

1984

Gold Medal - American Artist Professional League Grand National Exhibition– New York City

Copley Master Award - Copley Society of Boston

Juror's Choice Award – Springville (Utah) Museum of Art National Salon Show

American Portrait Society Certification - Los Angeles

 1986

Juror's Choice Award - Springville Museum of Art National Salon Show

Dole Award - American Artists Professional League Grand National Exhibition

1987

Silver Medal - The Society of Illustrators' 29th Annual Exhibition– New York City

A. Lassell Ripley Award - Guild of Boston Artists Competition

Medal "Benemerito" - Catholic University of Portugal

1989

Highest Bid - Copley Society of Boston Fundraising Auction

1990

Commendation - Governor and Executive Council of New Hampshire

Second Highest Bid - Copley Society of Boston Fundraising Auction

 1991

Ken Gore Memorial Award - Guild of Boston Artists Competition

1992

Second Highest Bid – Copley Society of Boston Fundraising Auction

1994

Merit Award for Painting – Sharon Arts Center Regional Exhibition

1999

R. H. Ives Gammell Award – Guild of Boston Artists Spring Awards Exhibit

2002

Edmund C. Tarbell Award – Guild of Boston Artists Spring Awards Exhibit

Emeritus Award – American Society of Portrait Artists

2011

Honorable Mention, Landscape – Art Renewal Center International Salon

2013

Elected Honorary Lifetime Member of the American Artists Professional League

 and Allied Artists of America

2015

Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts - University of New Hampshire

Ruth and James Ewing Art Award

2017

Awarded Lifetime Membership to the Copley Society of Art

Honorable Mention, Portraiture - Art Renewal Center International Salon

             Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award - Who's Who in America

Lotte Jacobi Living Treasure Award - NH Governor's Arts Awards

 2018

Who's Who in the World

 

Portraits Inc., Vose Galleries, Francesca Anderson Fine Art, Guild of Boston Artists, Copley Society of Art and others.