Richard Kirk Mills -  Paintings,  Prints,  Environmental art

In 2010 I returned to painting full time after a fourteen year commitment to ecoart and environmental art projects. My intention from 1996 to 2010 was to merge my activism and my art in response to critical local landscape issues i.e. wetlands degradation and habitat loss, primarily through rehabilitation, community engagement and narrative strategies in the New Jersey Meadowlands.

The new studio work continues themes of earlier paintings: structure(s) in landscape, looking out from inside through windows and doors, the northeast coastal wetlands, rural artifacts are among some that I repeatedly - and frequently in series - return to. But the primary connections are the associations brought to me by space and light.
I work from direct observation of spatial situations that attract me formally and subconsciously. The poetry of place is of my own personal mythology, a longing for lost homes; a remembrance of water; of daydreaming through windows, of silence.
I look for a subject, occasionally making a pilgrimage, and often it’s just there, in front of me. Times of day, seasons, moods of weather: all are shifting, as does scale and texture; of supports and material; of past, present and future directions; of an unexpected dialog between works.

Current and upcoming group and solo exhibitions:

Longyear Gallery
RK MILLS: INSIDE OUT 2019 - 2021
Recent paintings
Friday July 9 - Sunday August 1, 2021
Reception - Saturday, July 10, 3 - 5 PM
785 Main Street
Margaretville, N.Y. 12455
Hours: Friday - Sunday 12-4
www.longyeargallery.org

Greenkill Group show
229 Greenkill Avenue, Kingston, New York, 12401
Artists from Longyear Gallery will be exhibiting at Green Kill from Saturday, June 5 to Saturday, June 26 with an opening on Saturday, June 5 from 5-7 PM.
greenkill.substack.com/p/longyear-galle…

Longyear Gallery
ongoing, rotating group exhibit
785 Main Street
Margaretville, N.Y. 12455
Hours: Friday - Sunday and holiday Mondays 12-4 PM
www.longyeargallery.org

For more images and videos of ecoart works:

ecoartweb.wixsite.com/ecoartnetwork
and
www.teaneckcreek.org/ecoart-gallery/
also
www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1DwqyqZFVI
and
www.youtube.com/watch?v=515LKqXX0iM
and
www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLQd3GyTIMk