Featured Work RICHARD TSAO
  • C 00.0
    RICHARD TSAO, Red Sea, 2010, water-based mixed media on wood, 18 x 48 inches (45.7 x 121.9 cm)
  • C 00.2
    RICHARD TSAO, Solar and Solaris (diptych), 2007, water-based mixed media on canvas, 12 1/2 x 33 inches (54.6 x 83.8 cm)
  • C 01
    RICHARD TSAO, Glacier, 2004, water-based mixed media on wood,12 x 36 inches (30.5 x 91.4 cm)
  • C 04
    RICHARD TSAO, Lava, 2008, water-based mixed media on wood, 31 x 30 inches (78.7 x 76.2 cm)
  • C 05
    RICHARD TSAO, Sun and Surf (diptych), 2010, water-based mixed media on canvas, 19 x 28 inches (48.3 x 71.1 cm)
  • C 06
    RICHARD TSAO, Surge, 2010, water-based mixed media on canvas, 12 x 14 inches (30.5 x 35.6 cm)
  • C 11
    RICHARD TSAO, Shower, 2007, water-based mixed media on canvas, 17 1/2 x 13 inches (44.5 x 33 cm)
  • C 12
    RICHARD TSAO, Soak, 2010, water-based mixed media on wood, 30 x 30 inches (76.2 x 76.2 cm)
  • m 01
    Installation view of works from Richard Tsao's Round series at Art Projects International, New York.
  • m 02
    RICHARD TSAO, Round 71
  • m 03
    RICHARD TSAO, Round 46
  • m 04
    RICHARD TSAO, Round 3
  • m 05
    RICHARD TSAO, Round 61
  • m 06
    RICHARD TSAO, Round 42
  • m 07
    RICHARD TSAO, Round 70
  • m 09
    RICHARD TSAO, Round 40
  • m 22.3
    RICHARD TSAO, Round 119 and Round 120
  • m 22.7
    RICHARD TSAO Round 109
  • m 23
    RICHARD TSAO, Round 64
  • m 26
    RICHARD TSAO, Round 90
  • m 28
    Richard Tsao, Round 39
  • m 38
    Richard Tsao, Round 74
  • m 40
    Installation view of nine works from Richard Tsao's Round series.
  • m 41
    Installation view of nine works from Richard Tsao's Round series at ArtProjects, New York.
  • R 011
    Installation view of works from Richard Tsao's Rectangle series at ArtProjects, New York.
  • R 012
    RICHARD TSAO, Rectangle 90, 1996, oil on Stonehenge paper, 10 3/4 x 8 5/8 inches (27.3 x 21.9 cm)
  • R 013
    RICHARD TSAO, Rectangle 20, 1996, oil on Stonehenge paper, 10 3/4 x 8 1/4 inches (27.3 x 21 cm).
  • R 014
    RICHARD TSAO, Rectangle 13, 1996, oil on Stonehenge paper, 10 7/8 x 8 1/2 inches (27.6 x 21.6 cm).
  • R 015
    RICHARD TSAO, Rectangle 21, 1996, oil on Stonehenge paper, 10 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches (26.7 x 21 cm).
  • R 016
    RICHARD TSAO, Rectangle 75, 1996, oil on Stonehenge paper, 10 3/4 x 8 3/8 inches (27.3 x 21.3 cm)
  • R 017
    RICHARD TSAO, Rectangle 16, 1996, oil on Stonehenge paper, 10 3/4 x 8 1/2 inches (27.3 x 21.6 cm)
  • R 018
    RICHARD TSAO, Rectangle 22, 1996, oil on Stonehenge paper, 10 7/8 x 8 1/2 inches (27.6 x 21.6 cm)
  • R 021
    Installation view of works from Richard Tsao's Rectangle series.
  • R 022
    RICHARD TSAO, Rectangle 15, 1996, oil on Stonehenge paper, 11 1/4 x 8 3/8 inches (28.6 x 21.3 cm)
  • R 023
    RICHARD TSAO, Rectangle 10, 1996, oil on Stonehenge paper, 10 3/4 x 8 3/8 inches (27.3 x 21.3 cm).
  • R 024
    RICHARD TSAO, Rectangle 100, 1996, oil on Stonehenge paper, 10 3/4 x 8 3/8 inches (27.3 x 21.3 cm), monotype
  • R 025
    RICHARD TSAO, Rectangle 83, 1996, oil on Stonehenge paper, 10 3/4 x 8 1/2 inches (27.3 x 21.6 cm)
  • R 026
    RICHARD TSAO, Rectangle 8, 1996, oil on Stonehenge paper, 10 3/4 x 8 3/8 inches (27.3 x 21.3 cm)
  • R 027
    RICHARD TSAO, Rectangle 29, 1996, oil on Stonehenge paper, 10 3/4 x 8 3/8 inches (27.3 x 21.3 cm)
  • R 028
    RICHARD TSAO, Rectangle 28, 1996, oil on Stonehenge paper, 10 3/4 x 8 3/8 inches (27.3 x 21.3 cm)
  • R 031
    RICHARD TSAO, Rectangle 93, 1996, oil on Stonehenge paper, 10 7/8 x 8 1/2 inches (27.6 x 21.6 cm)
  • R 032
    RICHARD TSAO, Rectangle 27, 1996, oil on Stonehenge paper, 10 3/4 x 8 1/2 inches (27.3 x 21.6 cm)
  • R 033
    RICHARD TSAO, Rectangle 73, 1996, oil on Stonehenge paper, 10 3/4 x 8 3/8 inches (27.3 x 21.3 cm)
  • R 034
    RICHARD TSAO, Rectangle 72, 1996, oil on Stonehenge paper, 10 3/4 x 8 1/2 inches (27.3 x 21.6 cm)
  • R 035
    RICHARD TSAO, Rectangle 89, 1996, oil on Stonehenge paper, 10 3/4 x 8 1/4 inches (27.3 x 21 cm)
  • R 036
    RICHARD TSAO, Rectangle 81, 1996, oil on Stonehenge paper, 10 3/4 x 8 1/4 inches (27.3 x 21 cm)
  • R 037
    RICHARD TSAO, Rectangle 9, 1996, oil on Stonehenge paper, 10 7/8 x 8 5/8 inches (27.6 x 21.9 cm)
  • R 038
    RICHARD TSAO, Rectangle 23, 1996, oil on Stonehenge paper, 11 1/8 x 8 3/4 inches (28.3 x 22.2 cm)

Richard Tsao, originally from Thailand, lives and works in New York. He is known for using a process oriented, labor intensive approach and particular aesthetic of beauty in creating his paintings and works on paper.

With Tsao's recent works on canvas and wood, his unrestrained use of color seems to appropriately present itself in just the right balance. He manipulates pure pigment with an alchemist's instincts in an approach that leaves his work vibrantly colored. With pigment thoroughly encrusting the canvas or wood supports and with sections of the encrustations sticking out well beyond the supports’ edges, Tsao’s works are less painted than accumulated—they may be years in the making.

Richard Tsao’s Round series monotypes of the 1990s are circles, discs of color, which do not seem fixed in the physical world. These superb monotypes take full advantage of the possibilities of transferring an oil painting onto paper. In Tsao’s paintings on canvas (many-layered works created in Tsao’s specially designed paint flood-room), the physicality of brilliantly colored paint also becomes architecture; in contrast, these Round works are the distillation of the spirit of color.

His work is represented in major collections including the Weatherspoon Art Museum, Arkansas Arts Center Foundation Collection and Montefiore Fine Art Collection, New York.

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