IVAN KARP: A TRIBUTE TO THE ARTIST
The subject of painting is fundamentally an arena for the artist's formal conception. The success of the tableau is wholly dependent upon the relation of its intrinsic elements: color, texture, linear and volumetric interludes, and the overall unifying rhythm. When all the components conjoin in a high pitch of harmony, we may announce a work of art. The imagery is merely an addendum. However, in the instance of Lance Richbourg's oeuvre, the imagery is a blessing and a gift. For those who understand and care, the artist's "playing the field" is not something so trite as the national pastime, but a vigorous, lyrical miracle. With his elegant, discriminating acumen, Richbourg has chose to present us with a pictorial record of heroes in action in a sublimely atmospheric panoply of particular times, personages and places that peerlessly describe the wondrous human drama that is baseball.