Biography

R

ichard F. Lack is one of the most significant American realists of the second half of the 20th century.

While non-traditional forms of art drew attention from the artistic and public press, Lack passionately pursued his artistic aims within the great tradition of Western art.

During an iconoclastic age, Lack sought to preserve and perpetuate the artistic tradition of the Boston School, one of the longest continuing schools of painting in the history of American art.

He studied with noted Boston artist R. H. Ives Gammell in the early 1950s. In 1969 he established Atelier Lack, until he retired from teaching in 1992.

His atelier provided a crucial link to the artistic traditions of Europe that rapidly disintegrated after the First World War. Lack trained a significant group of younger artists and Atelier Lack became a model for many small studio schools throughout the United States and abroad.

It is no exaggeration to say that Lack has influenced thousands through his art, teaching and writing.

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Early Years

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Studies

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Still Life

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Imaginative

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Interior Genre

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Etching

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Landscape

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Challenge of Adversity

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Portraiture

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Teaching