Melvin Gallery Hosts Exhibition by Muralist Richard Haas

Sep 7, 2016

by Cary McMullen | Publications editor

The Melvin Gallery at FSC will host an exhibition by one of America’s great modern muralists, Richard Haas, who has explored a fascination with architecture to create a distinct niche in the world of art. 

The exhibition, “An Homage to Architecture: Richard Haas, Master of Trompe L’oeil,” opens at 7 p.m. on September 23 with a reception for the artist. In addition, Haas, who lives in New York, will give a talk about his work and career at 4 p.m. on September 22 in the Gallery. The talk, reception, and exhibition are all free and open to the public.

The exhibition runs through November 4 at the Gallery.

A native of Wisconsin who grew up near the home of Frank Lloyd Wright, Haas works in two dimensions on outdoor murals and on a smaller scale in paintings, drawings, and prints, reflecting his fascination with the three-dimensional world of architecture. His murals, sometimes occupying the entire side of a building – one measures 110,000 square feet – are rendered in trompe l’oeil, giving the illusion of an elaborate façade, re-creating mesmerizing three-dimensional structures of the past and present on the flat plane.

The Melvin Gallery exhibition consists of Haas’s paintings and works on paper, portraying his passion for buildings and their design, as well as urban landscapes.

“Richard Haas is renowned for his innate understanding of architectural spaces and for his deep respect for the architects who created the built interior and exterior environments all around us,” said Dr. H. Alexander Rich, director of the Melvin and Burks Galleries at FSC. “His realistic style reveals to the viewer the beauty and ingenuity of architecture, of creations designed for human work and living. This is a fitting exhibition for a college that owes so much to the work of Frank Lloyd Wright. We hope those who love beautifully designed buildings will come to see the work of Richard Haas.”

The Melvin Gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, call 863-680-4743.