Rick Stitch

L. A. Louver

Without falling into cliché and seemingly without guile, Rick Stich makes Impressionist-inspired paintings—primarily still lifes and landscapes—that are remarkably fresh. Stich prevents the work from becoming mere imitation by using a highly personalized brushstroke and, on occasion, by creating a kind of penetrating perspectival depth. A small tempera-on-silk entitled Reflection: Pond, 1986, seems at first like a too-direct quote from Monet but, on closer examination, the work conveys a welcome tension between pure surface and illusion.

Stich’s paintings tend to be small and intimate, and their subject matter is usually incidental—no people, just pretty pictures. As such, the work calls to mind the colorful still lifes of Matisse. Stich is at his best when he makes work that looks like it was tossed off quickly. Turtles on Rocks, 1988, is one of the most intriguing works in the show. The

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