Richard MacDonald  (American, 1946) 

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Richard Macdonald (American, b.1946) is an artist based in California. He is known for his Contemporary Figurative sculptures and is part of the Realism movement. Macdonald was born in California and attended the Art Institute of Miami. Later, he attended the Los Angeles Art Center. He graduated cum laude from the college in 1971 with a BA in Professional Arts. He is classically trained as a painter and taught himself how to sculpt.

Macdonald is often recognized for his work as a bronze sculptor. Many of his sculptures depict athletes and performers, including the bronze sculptures Blind Faith and The Gymnast. In 1996, Macdonald created a sculpture for the 1996 Summer Olympics entitled The Flair. He has also completed projects for various companies and businesses, including MGM Film Group Inc. and the Royal Ballet School.

Macdonald did not become a full-time sculptor until 1983. Prior to his sculpting career, he worked as an illustrator. Many of his illustrations were for the NBA and the NFL. He also did illustrations for the Olympics. However, after working as an illustrator for over 10 years, Macdonald was ready to try something new. While he had created sculptures out of clay, Macdonald had never used bronze. He learned the basics of bronze sculpting and created his first sculpture. He exhibited it in his gallery, which also featured artwork by Andrew Wyeth (American, 1917–2009). The sculpture quickly sold and Macdonald continued growing his new career by taking on several major projects, such as creating a sculpture of Stephen F. Austin for the Texas sesquicentennial.

His work has been featured in several exhibitions, including one held at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., and the National Parkinson Foundation exhibition. Macdonald has also taught at several institutes, including the Art Institute of Atlanta in Atlanta, GA. Macdonald actively participates in auctions and charities in an effort to raise money for various foundations, including the Boys and Girls Club and ChildHelp USA. Macdonald donated his sculpture Doves, Third Life to Celebrity Fight Night, an auction started to raise money for Parkinson''s disease research. The sculpture was sold for US$110,000.

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Richard MacDonald, Leap of Faith (half-life)

 

Richard MacDonald
Leap of Faith (half-life)
Robin Rile Fine Art
Richard MacDonald, Reclining Nude

 

Richard MacDonald
Reclining Nude
1997

Robin Rile Fine Art
Richard MacDonald, Penche Monet

 

Richard MacDonald
Penche Monet
2010

Collection Privee de Peinture et de Sculpture
Richard MacDonald, Christina I

 

Richard MacDonald
Christina I
2008

Collection Privee de Peinture et de Sculpture
Richard MacDonald, O-Flier, Platinum

 

Richard MacDonald
O-Flier, Platinum
2010

Collection Privee de Peinture et de Sculpture
Richard MacDonald, No Way Home, Quarter Life

 

Richard MacDonald
No Way Home, Quarter Life
2011

Collection Privee de Peinture et de Sculpture
Richard MacDonald, Study For Swan Lake

 

Richard MacDonald
Study For Swan Lake
2009

Collection Privee de Peinture et de Sculpture
Richard MacDonald, Penche Monet, Platinum

 

Richard MacDonald
Penche Monet, Platinum
2010

Collection Privee de Peinture et de Sculpture
Richard MacDonald, The Fan

 

Richard MacDonald
The Fan
2011

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Richard MacDonald, Diana the Hunteresss

 

Richard MacDonald
Diana the Hunteresss, 2000
patinated bronze

 

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Richard MacDonald, The Flair

 

Richard MacDonald
The Flair, 1995
bronze w/grey/brown patina

 

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Richard MacDonald, Female Figure

 

Richard MacDonald
Female Figure, 2000
bronze

 

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1971   Graduated Cum Laude, Art Center College of Design
1983   Retired from illustration to become a sculptor
1984   Selected for sculpture of Stephen F. Austin, Sesquicentennial celebration, Texas
1985   Monumental sculpture for MGM's headquarters, Culver City
1991   Gold Medal Winner, Knickerbocker Artists Annual Exhibit, New York, NY
Best in Show, Los Angeles Art Center, Los Angeles, CA
1996   Montana Memorial Award, National Sculpture Society, New York, NY
2001   Medal of Honor, Momentum - 100th U.S. Open, United States Sports Academy, AL
2012   Appointed as Honorary Professor at Shanghai Institute of Visual Art, Fudan University
  Member: Society of Illustrators
  Fellow, National Sculpture Society
2013   Richard MacDonald Exhibitions in 2013:
Reflections: The First Twenty-Five, Dawson Cole Fine Art, CA; The Art of Richard MacDonald, Las Vegas, NV (solo exhibition)
80th Annual Exhibition, National Sculpture Society, Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL and Brookgreen Gardens, SC
2012   Richard MacDonald Exhibitions in 2012:
Magical Energies, Opera Gallery, Singapore Dawson Cole Fine Art, CA; The Art of Richard Macdonald, Las Vegas, NV (solo exhibition);
Seeing Through the Artist's Eye, Dawson Cole Fine Art, CA; The Art of Richard MacDonald, Las Vegas, NV (solo exhibition)
Solo Exhibition, Shanghai Institute of Visual Arts, Shanghai, China
Solo Exhibition, Taipei National University of Arts, Taipei (Republic of China)
2011   Solo Exhibition,Cirque du Soleil Corporate Headquarters, Montreal, Canada
2011   London - Principals of The Royal Ballet, Dawson Cole Fine Art, CA; The Art of Richard MacDonald, Las Vegas, NV
2010   Platinum + Unique, The Art of Richard MacDonald, Las Vegas, NV; Dawson Cole Fine Art, Various Locations, CA
2009   Richard MacDonald Exhibitions in 2009:
Solo Exhibition,The Royal Ballet School, Whitelodge, London, UK
The Creation Continues, Dawson Cole Fine Art, Various Locations, CA (solo exhibition)
Inspired by Performance, The Art of Richard MacDonald, Las Vegas, NV (solo exhibition)
The Light of Life, Dawson Cole Fine Art, Various Locations, CA (solo exhibition)
The "O" Works, The Art of Richard MacDonald, Las Vegas, NV (solo exhibition)
2008   Richard MacDonald Exhibitions in 2008:
The Art of Richard MacDonald presented by Cirque du Soleil, Las Vegas, NV (solo exhibition)
60 Years of Creative Passion, Dawson Cole Fine Art, Various Locations, CA (solo exhibition)
Twenty Years of Sculpture, Dawson Cole Fine Art, Various Locations, CA (solo exhibition)
2007   Richard MacDonald Exhibitions in 2007:
Moments of Splendor, Dawson Cole Fine Art, Various Locations, CA; Galerie du Soleil, Naples, FL (solo exhibition)
Larger than Life, Dawson Cole Fine Art, Various Locations, CA (solo exhibition)
National Sculpture Society Exhibition,Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa FL
74th Annual Exhibition,National Sculpture Society, New York, NY
2006   Life Uncovered, Dawson Cole Fine Art, Various Locations, CA (solo exhibition)
2006   Literary Sculpture Exhibition, National Sculpture Society, New York, NY (solo exhibition)
2005   Spirit of Dance, Dawson Cole Fine Art, Various Locations, CA (solo exhibition)
2004   Celebrating the Figure, Dawson Cole Fine Art, Various Locations, CA (solo exhibition)
2004   National Sculpture Society Exhibition, Brookgreen Gardens, SC
2003   Cirque, Richard MacDonald Fine Art, Various Locations, CA (solo exhibition)
2003   Myth & Legend, Richard MacDonald Fine Art, Various Locations, CA (solo exhibition)
2002   Richard MacDonald Exhibitions in 2002:
The Flamenco, Richard MacDonald Fine Art, Various Locations, CA (solo exhibition)
Blanc Noir, Richard MacDonald Fine Art, Various Locations, CA (solo exhibition)
Angels, Cupids & Winged Creatures of Fantasy, National Sculpture Society, New York, NY
2001   Richard MacDonald Exhibitions in 2001:
Annual Exhibition, National Sculpture Society, New York, NY
National Sculpture Society Exhibition, Brookgreen Gardens, SC
Animals in the Atrium, National Sculpture Society, New York, NY
Excellence in Sculpture, National Sculpture Society, New York, NY
2000   Solo Exhibition, Merrill Chase Galleries, Chicago, IL
2000   The American Scene,The Van Vechten-Lineberry Taos Art Museum, Taos, NM
1999   Richard MacDonald Exhibitions in 1999:
Annual Exhibition, National Sculpture Society, New York, NY
Everyday Life, National Sculpture Society, New York, NY
The American Scene, The Van Vechten-Lineberry Taos Art Museum, Taos, NM
1998   Solo Exhibition, Galleria di Sorrento, Las Vegas, NV
1997   Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood, Stockbridge, MA
1996   Richard MacDonald Exhibitions in 1996:
Annual Exhibition, National Sculpture Society, New York, NY
Making Faces Exhibition, National Sculpture Society, New York, NY
Maquette to Monument Exhibition, National Sculpture Society, New York, NY
Flair Across America, Ten City Tour, USA (solo exhibition)
Solo Exhibition, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. (solo exhibition)
P&C Fine Art, P&C Fine Art, Washington D.C. (solo exhibition)
Trinity Arts Group, Trinity Arts Group, Atlanta, GA (solo exhibition)
1995   Solo Exhibition, Vanier-Roberts Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
1994   Richard MacDonald Exhibitions in 1994:
Solo Exhibition, Berzins-Roberts, Scottsdale, AZ
Merrill Chase Galleries, Merrill Chase Galleries, Chicago, IL (solo exhibition)
Simic Galleries,Simic Galleries, San Francisco, CA (solo exhibition)
100 Years of the National Sculpture Society of American in Italy, Saravezza, Italy
1993   Richard MacDonald Exhibitions in 1993:
CFM Gallery, CFM Gallery, New York, NY (solo exhibition)
Milwaukee Performing Arts Center, Milwaukee Performing Arts Center, Milwaukee, WI (solo exhibition)
Sybill/Dawson Fine Art, Sybill/Dawson Fine Art, Carmel, CA (solo exhibition)
1992   Solo Exhibition, CFM Gallery, New York, NY
1992   Solo Exhibition, Merrill Chase Galleries, Chicago, IL; Woodfield, IL; Oakbrook, IL; Atlanta, GA (solo exhibition)
1991   Knickerbocher Artists Annual Exhibit, The Salmagundi Club, New York, NY
1990   Solo Exhibition, Gallery Americana, Carmel, CA
1989   Annual Exhibition, National Sculpture Society, New York, NY
1988   Gallery Americana, Gallery Americana, Carmel, CA (solo exhibition)
1983   Parco Gallery, Parco Gallery, Tokyo Japan (solo exhibition)