RICHARD ESTES SIGNED CARD, "Richard Estes", 4.25 x 3.5, black ink, by American photorealist painter. In fine condition.
Richard Estes (born 1932) is an American artist, best known for his photorealist paintings. The paintings generally consist of reflective, clean, and inanimate city and geometric landscapes. "One demonstration of the way photography became assimilated into the art world is the success of photorealist painting in the late 1960s and early 1970s. It is also called super-realism or hyper-realism and painters like Richard Estes and Chuck Close often worked from photographic stills to create paintings that appeared to be photographs." Estes stayed true to the photographs he used: when his paintings include stickers, signs, and window displays, they are always depicted backwards because of the reflection. His work rarely included litter or snow around the buildings because he believed these details detract from the buildings themselves. The paintings are always set during daylight hours, suggesting "vacant and quiet Sunday mornings."