About Richard Luce

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      Born and raised in Yonkers, NY this artist of Italian descent has devoted his life to portraying the history he loves. A professional artist for over 30 years, his subject matter has varied little from his primary interest, the American west. After graduating with a degree in commercial art from Dutchess Community College in Poughkeepsie, NY where he learned the basics of composition, color and design, he worked for a publishing co. in Manhattan as an assistant art director. During that time he started developing his artistic style while painting in the evenings. After experimenting with different subjects his love of the American West won out. He states “When I was young the paintings I most admired were those of Frederic Remington and I still get a chill when I stand in front of one”. Painting Western subjects comes naturally to this artist. His interest and fascination with American Indians with their free roaming way of life and strong family structure has enabled him to produce paintings of unequaled excellence. He started selling his paintings in the early 70’s through the Douglas Gallery in Stamford, CT. During that time he developed quite a following which encouraged him to make the big decision to quit his job and to paint full time.

    He soon started to travel the west to see it all first hand. Hiking in the back country of California, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, Montana, Alaska and Canada in all weather conditions he was able to observe nature at its best. His paintings reflect his hands on knowledge as he always strives for authenticity in his work. Many collectors have commented that his snow feels cold and his water feels wet and they can sense the different textures he paints whether they are hard stone or a soft feather.

"I am an artist, and I paint what I imagine, what I feel, what's in my mind. That's what it is to be an artist."

 

 

Richard Luce feels what he paints, and as you look at his work, you feel it too. Each piece evokes a very special emotional response. It is easy to believe him when he says that he gets "ideas from everywhere, from everything. I see something; I go outside for a second; I listen to music; I just get ideas ... they come to me. And I decide on the mood I want, and then develop it:' Each Luce painting is unique, different from the last, or the next. Singly, and as a group, they stand as a tribute to his enthusiasm and love both for painting and for the West.

 
The area where he truly excels is in his portrayal of the American Indian. His paintings reflect their quite dignity and strength. To better understand how they lived he has read many books and over the years he has often camped in primitive gear in his own Tipi to wear the clothes, hear the sounds and smell the wood smoke. The insights these experiences give him are of great importance in understanding the subject and trying to portray it accurately.

 

 

  

 

 

 

 Richard presently lives in Crestwood, KY, with his wife Lea Ann and their two dogs and continues to do what he was born to do and hopes others find escape and pleasure while viewing his work.  Anyone wishing to contact Mr. Luce can do so by writing, phoning or e-mail at the address below.

 Richard Luce
4801 N. Camden Lane
Crestwood, KY  40014
(502) 241-7046

Email  richardluce@twc.com

Dealer Inquiries welcome

Note: Canvas Giclee prints can be made proportionally larger or smaller than the stated size. Call for pricing.

 

Selected Articles / Books / Awards / Shows

  • 116 Limited Print Editions published to date

  • Collector Plate Series published by The Franklin Mint

  • Collector Sculpture Series published by The Hamilton Collection

  • Two Paintings used in TV Series titled “The Real West”, Myths and Legends Episode

  • 1984 Muzzle Blast Magazine, April Cover

  • 1987 Best of Show, Wildlife and Western Art Exhibit and Sale, Minneapolis, MN.

  • 1990 The Artist Magazine, Wildlife Painting Competition finalist

  • 1992 True West Magazine, September Cover   

  • 1993 US Art Magazine, March

  • 1993 Elected membership to The Living History Hall of Fame

  • 1993 Charles Russell Art Show, Great Falls, MT. 

  • 1997 Alamo Almanac and Book of Lists, Cover

  • 1999 Who’s Who National Registry

  • 1999 Art of the American West, Rockport Publishers

  • 2001,2002 Southwest Classic Exhibition, Kerrville, TX.

  • 2002 Wild West Magazine, February Issue

  • 2002  The Encyclopedia of War and Weaponry, Stuart Murray, Watts Publishers

  • 2005 Oil Painter’s of America National Exhibit

  • 2005    The Fur Trade and Rendezvous of the Green River Valley, Museum of the Mountain Men,  Publishers

  • 2006  Greasy Grass Magazine published by Custer Battlefield Historical Assoc.

  • 2006  Research and Review published by Little  Big Horn Assoc.

  • 2007  True West Magazine, October Issue

 Collections

  • Blair Keller Historical Center Museum. Abingdon, Virginia

  • Sycamore Shoals State Historic Center Museum. Elizabethton, Tennessee

  • University of Texas Austin. Longhorn Art Series

  • National and International Private Collections

  • Pitney Bowes

  • Luria Steel and Trading

  • SEI Investments

  • New England Dairies

  • Weilwood Inc.

  • Resinal

  • Hummel Products

  • Great Northern Papers

  • Union Carbide

  • Olan Corporation

  • Stockyards Hotel, Ft. Worth, TX.

  • Museum of the Mountain Men, Pinedale, WY.

  • State University of New York, Poughkeepsie, NY.

  • Custer Battlefield Museum, Garryowen, MT.

  • The Alamo, San Antonio, TX

 

Richard with musician Dusty Hill of "ZZ Top" fame
in front of "The Price of Freedom", commissioned by
Dusty Hill,  in the Austin Gallery in Austin, Texas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Richard with Fess Parker of Davy Crockett TV fame at the Alamo Museum in San Antonio Texas. Richard presented his historical painting "For God and Texas" to be displayed in the Alamo. Fess Parker donated the Kentucky long rifle that he used in the Davy Crockett TV show.
 


Alamo Society, San Antonio, Texas                                          Museum of the Mountain Men, Pinedale, Wyoming

 
           A work in progress in Richards studio.                                             Richard displaying his work at an art fair.

Richard discovered his desire to draw at an early age. These are two drawings he made when he was 5 years old.
  


Richard created his first painting in 1973.
The 18x24 canvas board is titled "Saturn".

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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