Richard Black RE, Intaglio Printmaker
Richard R. Black, 88, passed away Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at his home.
A private family service was held at Palmer Funeral Home, Gowrie with Rev. Jena Finch-Manchester of Trinity United Methodist Church of Fort Dodge officiating. Burial followed in Cedar Township Cemetery, Rinard. Palmer Funeral Home, Gowrie was in charge of arrangements.
Richard is survived by his brother, Ronald (Marlene) Black of Ames and a sister, Merilyn Dee Tasler of Gowrie.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Henrietta (Parsons) Black and brother-in-law, Duane Tasler.
Richard was born July 18, 1932 in Farnhamville. He graduated from Rinard High School and then served in the United States Army. He then returned to school and graduated from Drake University in 1957 with his Bachelors Degree. Then he attended the University of Wisconsin and graduated in 1958 with a Masters Degree. Richard was a Professor of Art and Head of Printmaking at Drake University from 1960 to 1994. He had selected exhibits at the Royal Society of Painters-Printmakers Members Exhibition at Bankside Gallery in London, England in 2017. Richard had several art exhibits all over the United States including; the Des Moines Art Center, Indianapolis Art Museum, Milwaukee Art Center, Purdue University, Bradley University, Southern Illinois University, New Jersey State Museum, and the Blanden Memorial Art Museum. He was a member of Fellow, Royal Society of Painters-Printmakers, Mid-America Print Council, and the Southern Graphics Council.
Memorials may be left to family discretion.
I enjoy the process of making a print and view the process as a journey into the unseen, never the unknown, for there are many ways of knowing. The object of the image is to give physical form to those ideas and thoughts that have no physical form. I find abstraction a more expressive means for approaching the incorporeal character of these ideas, where the meaning is revealed though purely abstract relations develop amongst the visual elements.
Richard Black is a highly regarded printmaker who has made a significant contribution over the years to the arts in Iowa. For thirty four years he was a professor of art at Drake University where he founded the Drake University Biennial Print Symposium. The symposium brought nationally known artists to the state to demonstrate and lecture on the art of printmaking. Black himself as been the subject of a one-person exhibition at the Des Moines Art Center and has been honored with the DRAKE AWARD for excellence in teaching and artistic achievement. Black’s works are included in many museum collections and have been shown in invitational and competitive exhibitions all over the country.
Using the intaglio process, Black creates prints that have a collage-like feeling. Tightly rendered textures and color patches are layered and structured to create overall pattern. The work appears to be abstract, but when closely examined recognizable forms sometimes emerge. These images are enigmatic and are woven into intricacy of the print, there for the viewer to decipher.
Black is a member of The Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers (RE) which was founded in 1880. All Members are elected on merit in a tradition reaching back over a hundred years. New Members are elected by the Council of the Society based on the quality of their work alone. Black won the Printmaking Today prize in the RE Annual Exhibition in 2011 at Bankside Gallery, London for his intaglio print Small Worlds: Twitter See.