2001 Marlborough Gallery poster for Richard Estes featuring a photorealistic painting of an urban cafe lunch scene

Estes, Richard

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Artist: Richard Estes

Title: Lunch Specials, Lord & Taylor, Fifth Avenue, June 6-19, 2001

Born in 1932 in Illinois, Richard Estes is regarded as one of the founders of the American Photo-Realist movement of the late 1960s. One of a long line of artists who have depicted New York, and after 30 years of using the city as a recurring motif, has a detailed knowledge of its diverse architecture, infrastructure and inhabitants.

Habitually depicting urban landscapes, Estes begins with collects and records information in photographs, then paints his remarkably intricate scenes free-hand.  Estes’ paintings, in their detail, often provide the viewer with more information than is normally perceived in a passing glance.   His prints are built up in layers of color to capture a palette and vitality similar to the detailed clarity of his paintings. Estes remains a prominent figure in the contemporary art world, and has secured a place in art history as a captivating American realist.

Estes has exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide. His work can be found in public and private collections, including: the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York; Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri; Neue Galerie der Stadt Aachen, Ludwig Collection, Aachen, Germany; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, New York; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York.