Born in Hampton, Virginia in 1975, Richard Aldrich is now based in New York where he received his first, highly successful solo show in 2004.
Aldrich's work evokes both energy and tranquility, an incongruity achieved through vigorous paint handling in a generally subdued palette.
Like several of the artists featured here, Aldrich does not limit himself to a specific style, choosing to experiment with a wide range of painterly idioms including, at times, semi-figuration. He has also begun to intervene in his works' supports, cutting away canvas to expose the stretcher, for example.
Nevertheless, while referencing a broad base of artistic precedents and exploring several directions of his own, Aldrich's work remains curiously homogenous, an expression of very specific enquiry as to the nature and possibilities of painting itself.