Artist’s Exhibit Transforms Racecar Driving into Contemplative Art

Internationally renowned contemporary artist and Alabama native Richmond Burton will exhibit a selection of paintings at the Sarah Moody Gallery of Art, February 19 through March 27. Burton will lecture about his work on Wednesday, February 18 at 7:00 p.m. in 205 Smith Hall. There will be an artist’s reception on Thursday, February 19 from 6-8 p.m. in the gallery in 103 Garland Hall.

Richmond Burton, "Cerulean Bridge," 2013, oil on canvas, 36 x 72 inches. Image courtesy of the artist.
Richmond Burton, “Cerulean Bridge,” 2013, oil on canvas, 36 x 72 inches. Image courtesy of the artist.

Richmond Burton likens the oval in his visual language to the meticulous and repetitive practice that a racecar driver endures on the world’s largest oval track, the Talladega Speedway. His work relies on complex organic geometric constructions imbued with undulating color relationships that create sensual life-size contemplative paintings: a culmination of negotiations and intuitive movements within a finite structure. Works on view in this exhibition reveal significant relationships among Burton’s paintings that span more than a decade. In 2002, the Birmingham Museum of Art partnered with Sloss Real Estate to commission Burton to create a painting for the downtown lobby of One Federal Place, one of a number of large-scale interior spaces engaged in a painting installation. This particular painting, still on view, is 13 x 20 feet.

Burton is an internationally recognized artist with works placed in numerous public and private art collections such as: the New York Public Library, New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Fogg Museum, Cambridge, MA; Art Institute of Chicago, IL; Eli Broad Family Foundation, Los Angeles, CA; National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; the Maramotti Collection, Reggio Emilio, Italy; University Art Museum, Berkeley, CA; and Huntsville Museum of Art, AL.

–William T. Dooley, Director, Sarah Moody Gallery of Art

For more information, contact William T. Dooley, | 205/348-1890

Click here to view a PDF file of installation images from the exhibition.
Click here to view photos of the installation on Flickr.

Image credit: Richmond Burton, Cerulean Bridge, 2013, oil on canvas, 36 x 72 inches. Image courtesy of the artist.

For more information contact the SMGA at 348-1891 or go to the website: The Sarah Moody Gallery of Art is supported by the College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Art and Art History. Program support for this exhibit comes from the Farley Moody Galbraith Endowed Exhibition Fund. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 9:00 – 4:30 p.m., Thursday evenings: 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. The gallery is located at 103 Garland Hall in the heart of the UA campus on Woods Quad. There is no admission charge. Information about visitor parking is here. Parking is free on campus in a legal space after business hours and on weekends.