Summers at Sandy Hook, New Jersey, Provincetown, Massachusetts, as well as travels to Paris have afforded the artist Richard Stabbert a trove of inspiration for his paintings. Stabbert, (a self taught artist) creates small intimate paintings built on memories of people (past and present) who have left some impression upon his psyche. His work is very much along the path of the naive artists.
Working in acrylic on canvas, his paintings capture a sentimentality of lustful innocence. Typical of this style of painting, there is a certain distortion, and whimsical quality which is both lighthearted and childlike. This naivety takes the ordinary into a world of enchantment.
Stabbert works in a limited palette in which the color blue dominates. Areas are flattened and it’s overall strength rests purely in it’s innocence. At times the artist seems to blur the lines between the feminine side of what is masculine. Richard Stabbert’s work is included in the permanent collection of the Leslie Lohman Museum.