Photograph of Artist RICHARD CLARAVAL
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - United States

Original Artworks (1)

Richard Claraval; Hamlet, 2017, Original Drawing Charcoal, 20 x 20 inches. Artwork description: 241  I first experienced Hamlet through the great film by Lawrence Olivier. Black and white suits this story extremely well. The sword floating free above him was a way to show how, in the famous aEURoeto be or not to beaEUR soliloquy, that although he tries to take ...
Richard Claraval
Original Charcoal Drawing, 2017
20 x 20 inches (50.8 x 50.8 cm)
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Artist Statement

I've always been profoundly interested in the human figure, and in the representation of dynamic motion. My sculptures, drawings, and paintings revolve around these basic concerns, fussing the undistorted, non-truncated figure with various abstract forms. I'm mainly influenced by the Renaissance, Abstract Expressionism, and pure abstract sculpture such as that of Arp and Brancusi. It has long been exciting to me to think of the beautiful draperies of a Raphael painting, or Michelangelo's drawing of the risen Christ, as fused with their figures in a seamless integration. Similarly, I wish to see a beautiful Arp sculpture flowing with a beautiful human figure.

My strongest inspiration comes from music, especially classical, and most especially Beethoven, though I am extremely fond of many other forms and composers.

Richard Claraval 2009...