Los Angeles

Richard Stine

Paul Rivas Gallery

Strongly colored fantasies on themes re­lating to the state of nature in draw­ings, gouaches and oils. Nude figures gambol about in a child-like landscape, defying gravity and enjoying themselves immoderately. The modest, well de­signed gouaches have a considerable charm. Here too the drawing seems more confident and less primitive than in the more ambitious oil paintings. At their best, the gouaches have a strength of design that reminds one of Lanskoy and Boudin. Voodoo Surrender, Nude with Sock and Purple Nude are oils that attempt the same synthe­sis. Stine does not seem to be as com­fortable with the scale of his larger ef­forts and therefore they lack the visual logic and unity of his smaller works.

Gerald Nord­land