Nobody does decorative like Rene Rickabaugh, who takes obsession to a fine point and orders it, meticulously, as if he were a mosaicist of miniatures. Rickabaugh’s understanding of the relationship between pattern and color – reminiscent of, but not ruled by, traditional forms ranging from pre-Columbian to Middle Eastern and east Indian – is perhaps unmatched in the Pacific Northwest. His vividly in-filled paintings leap the bounds of their frames — indeed, the finely ornamented frames become part of the art, lending it a third dimension and the implication that this fiercely voluptuous patterning continues, outside the frame, into the unseen. –Oregon Live, Sept. 11 2008
Rene Rickabaugh at the Laura Russo Gallery
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acctually this is a rip off from the huichol indians from nayarit mexico, identical mosaic patern wich by the way represents the peyote allucinogenic cactus. so the ” Nobody does decorative like Rene Rickabaugh” is not actually true. huichol indians had for the last 3 centuries. sorry to burst your bubble. here is a link:
The Huichol art is moving and full of life; the artist Rene Rickabaugh's art is static, purely decorative; obsessive, yes but the “matching” frames destroy any sense of energy.
You people are harsh and obviously never painted anything in your life.