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Richard Cleaver has been carving figures out of clay for over thirty-five years . He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art and a Master of Arts from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee . The artist has exhibited across the nation, including solo exhibitions at the Baltimore Museum of Art (MD), American University Museum (D.C.), Kohler Arts Center (WI), The Noyes Museum (NJ), Bernice Steinbaum Gallery (New York and Miami), and Franz Bader Gallery (D.C.). Group... more

Recent Work

These images integrate ceramic, which is the primary medium, with wood, fresh water pearls, semi-precious stones, gold leaf and oil paint. They are made complete with secret compartments which serve as hiding places for multiple and often times personal meanings. My recent work is based on narratives drawn from personal and historical events that are overlapped with subconscious images. The figures are like actors on a stage, enigmatic yet tense while being enveloped or encrusted within layers of overgrowth concealing a world within.

Recent Work

These sculptures integrate hand-built ceramic, which is the primary medium, with wood, fresh water pearls, crystal beads, and semi-precious stones. Surfaces are applied with gold leaf and painted with oil. Sculptures are made complete with secret compartments which serve as hiding places for multiple and often times personal meanings. My recent work is based on narratives drawn from personal and historical events that are overlapped with subconscious images. The figures are like actors on a stage, enigmatic yet tense while being enveloped or encrusted within layers of overgrowth concealing a world within.

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    Gathering, Latrobe Springhouse (Baltimore Museum of Art installation) 108"h x 72" w x 66" d
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    Gathering, Latrobe Springhouse (detail)
  • Verve, 2002

    Bamboo, metal armature, and wire. 14' x 16' x 3.5' Site-specific installation, created for Johns Hopkins Universities Evergreen House. In order to bring people together to enjoy and promote the arts former Evergreen matron, Alice Warder Garrett converted the gymnasium into a private theater. Here she entertained friends with her own performances as well as hosted the Musical Art Quartet every spring and fall for nearly two decades.
  • Continuity

    ink and oil on panel 24" x 48"
  • St Elmo's Fire

    Acrylic and latex on wood, charcoal on wall. Dimensions variable.
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    Dreamer (back view)
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    Dreamer (head open)
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    Wolf's-bane 27" h x 27" w x 16" d
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    Wolf's-bane (detail)
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    Wolf's-bane (head open)

More Recent Work

These sculptures integrate hand-built ceramic, which is the primary medium, with wood, fresh water pearls, crystal beads, and semi-precious stones. Surfaces are applied with gold leaf and painted with oil. Sculptures are made complete with secret compartments which serve as hiding places for multiple and often times personal meanings. My recent work is based on narratives drawn from personal and historical events that are overlapped with subconscious images. The figures are like actors on a stage, enigmatic yet tense while being enveloped or encrusted within layers of overgrowth concealing a world within.

More Recent Work

These sculptures integrate hand-built ceramic, which is the primary medium, with wood, fresh water pearls, crystal beads, and semi-precious stones. Surfaces are applied with gold leaf and painted with oil. Sculptures are made complete with secret compartments which serve as hiding places for multiple and often times personal meanings. My recent work is based on narratives drawn from personal and historical events that are overlapped with subconscious images. The figures are like actors on a stage, enigmatic yet tense while being enveloped or encrusted within layers of overgrowth concealing a world within.

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