Richard J. McDonald: San Francisco Abstract Expressionist Artist
During WWII in Pearl Harbor Richard served in the Navy as a medic and artist illustrating surgical manuals. When the war ended he attended the California School of Fine Arts (now the Art Institute) in San Francisco for four years. There he belonged to the School of Post World War II Abstract Expressionist Art. This school was composed of war veterans who rejected all forms of conventional art (most likely the result of what they saw in war). Their painting was driven by the desire to freely express their inward spirit, without being restricted by any rules or conventions.
Richard went to Paris right after he graduated in 1950 where he was honored with great reviews from art critics for his show there. He met many wonderful people in Paris, but the one who stands out the most is Pablo Picasso. He mostly remembers his intensive dark eyes and gentleness. He was with him at the Louvre museum when he showed his small drawings.
Richard is the last survivor of this unique school. At 90 years old he is still painting. Richard does not have time to do art shows because of his devotion to his work, but he wants everyone to see his work here.
"A thing of beauty is a joy forever." -- John Keats. Hoping you'll find my paintings a joy to look at,
Richard J. McDonald