What is the Deal with These Paintings?
My seventh grade social studies instructor issued me a peculiar American History textbook. When I opened it, I discovered that a student from a prior year had defaced the illustrations with a ballpoint pen. Mustaches and eyeglasses were drawn on portraits of historical figures; warplanes and speedboats were added to landscapes like the Boston Tea Party. Delighted with this unexpected comic book, I took editorial control and began extending the illustrations into the margins by adding buildings and creating new scenes… my personal Manifest Destiny. Within a few weeks, I was disciplined and issued a clean textbook, a bill, and a stern warning.
2009 Paradox and Conformity: Paintings and Prints by Richard Deon Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedalia, MO.
2009 Stare Decisis: Paintings by Richard Deon, Earlville Opera House
2009 Paradox and Conformity: Paintings by Richard Deon, St. Thomas Aquinas College
2008 Paradox and Conformity for 20 Years: Paintings by Richard Deon, Gibson Gallery, SUNY at Potsdam
2007 Selections from Part Unrelated The New York Public Library, New York City
2005 Richard Deon Recent Work James Palmer Gallery, Vassar College
2008 Seven: Out of This World The Rockland Center for the Arts, West Nyack
2007 Lineal Investigations Housatonic Museum of Art, Bridgeport, CT.
2007 The Uncanny Valley Samuel Dorskey Museum of Art, SUNY New Paltz
2007 Failure Kent Place Gallery, Kent Place School, Summit, NJ.
2005 T-Zone Smack Mellon Gallery, Brooklyn