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R. John Ichter is best known for his brilliantly colored, stylized landscapes in pastel on museum suede board. His color-saturated compositions convey his passion for the beauty of nature.
Ichter includes elements in his paintings from different regions of the United States and the world that he has experienced in his travels. All of these elements are transformed by his imagination into works with striking visual impact that are at the same time peaceful.
R. John Ichter’s signature style has been developed over an almost thirty-year career in painting. In all of his work, intense competing colors co-exist harmoniously and create a sense of a lush, vibrant, and idyllic natural world. Also known as “Bob” to his friends, Ichter’s romantic pastels are richly colored and hand-rubbed onto lushly textured black suede archival board. According to Ichter, each piece is designed to evoke a certain time of day and to transport the viewer to another place. Autumn and dusk are favorite themes, which have been inspired by landscapes from around the world. You may find yourself gazing into the rolling hills of the French countryside, strolling along a windy Normandy beach, exploring a pathway through a North Carolina Blue Ridge forest, gazing at a dragonfly resting upon a patch of waterlillies in Claude Monet’s gardens at Giverny or floating along the river Seine. Be it sunrise, sunset or a full moonlit night, you are certain to want to return again and again.
3D Acrylic and Resin Painting
These pieces are actually multiple layers of paint and resin stacked on top of each other in a glass, box , or bowl. The piece starts out with a layer of resin in the bottom of the vessel, then must cure a minimum of 12 hours depending on temperature and humidity. The resin is a 2 part mixture that must be precisely measured and mixed, otherwise the resin will never cure. Once the first layer is fully hardened, the initial layer of acrylic paint is applied, in the case of my fish paintings, that is usually the bottom fins. Once the paint has dried, I mix another batch of resin and apply it, then wait another 12 hours. Each discrete layer of acrylic has between 2 and 8 separate coats of paint. This is repeated over and over, often twice a day until I’ve built up enough layers to give the illusion of a 3 dimensional fish in the bowl or glass.
See the martini glass images for a top and side view to really understand the process….then when you see all the layers it takes to make one fish, imagine how many layers and how much time it takes to do a piece that has fifty or a hundred fish in it. It took me a year to master the process