2017 Governor's Arts Awards
Lotte Jacobi Living Treasure
Award Recipient: Richard Whitney, Painter, Stoddard
Artist, author and teacher Richard Whitney is nationally known for his realistic portraits and landscapes painted in the style of contemporary realism. Town and Country magazine has named him one of the top dozen portrait painters in America. Fine Art Connoisseur has called him one of “the giants of the field” of figurative painting. Richard's paintings hang in over 750 public and private collections throughout the United States and abroad. He has won over 50 regional and national awards as well as three grants from the Greenshields' Foundation of Montreal. Richard was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from the University of New Hampshire in 2015. He has painted more than 400 portraits including numerous CEOs, presidents of universities and educational leaders as well as family and individual portraits. He has painted eight U.S. Governors including John H. Sununu; U.S. Senators; Nobel Laureates and more. Richard is Chairman Emeritus of the American Society of Portrait Artists Foundation. His paintings have been seen on national cable television and have been the subject of numerous newspaper and magazine articles. He was the cover artist for the April 1982 issue of American Artist and was featured again in April 2002.
Right: "Governor Judd Gregg", view from Wildcat Mt., 2001, State House
November 7, 2017