Richard MacDonald (1946- )
Richard MacDonald is considered by many to be the world’s preeminent living figurative sculptor. A leading advocate of the neo-figurative movement in the arts, MacDonald’s work has been featured in hundreds of solo and group exhibitions and is represented in important collections worldwide.
Educated in painting and illustration at the Art Center College of Design, MacDonald was successful as a commercial illustrator until his late thirties when a fire destroyed his studio, along with the accumulated works of his career as painter and illustrator. Subsequently, he began sculpting in earnest and within ten years became one of the most collected present-day figurative sculptors in America. His work has been acquired for the permanent collections of corporations such as AT&T, IBM, and Anheuser-Busch, as well as notable private collections. His work has been described as “paying tribute to the eloquence of the human form.” He is an advocate of neo-realism and figurative art, and has fostered emerging and professional artists through annual international Masters Workshop.
For the 1996 Summer Olympics, MacDonald created The Flair, a 26-foot-tall sculpture of a gymnast. As with all the monuments he has completed, MacDonald designed the plaza on which The Flair sits, including a large reflective pool and fountain.
Additional monument commissions include: Rain, City of Concord, California, 1992; Secretary of State William H. Seward, Z. J. Loussac Public Library, Anchorage, Alaska, 1990; Architectonica, MGM Film Group, Inc., MGM Corporate Center, 1987; Stephen F. Austin, Texas Susquicentennial, Stephen F. Austin University, Austin, Texas, 1986; and The Gymnast, permanent collection of The National Art Museum of Sport, 1986.