Paperika Redux Panel 1 (close-up), Tyvek paper, 9'h x 15'w




All visual and written content, unless otherwise attributed, is copyright Richard Shipps


Richard Shipps, Chicago, IL (248) 867 1958,












The thing I hate the most about advertising is that it attracts all the bright, creative and ambitious young people, leaving us mainly with the slow and self obsessed to become our artists. Modern Art is a disaster area. Never in the field of human history is so much been used by so many to say so little.

- Banksy


"Things are free and fluid otherwise they're overloaded and overworked like a painting should be nothing and free and not a thing at all otherwise it becomes something of a thing to use, a thing for someone else to use, something that becomes something else and then not the same thing and so something different and different things are different things and too many things are too many things."

- Ad Reinhardt (a postcard to Olga Scheirr)


"In the same way we are expected to be indiviual and creative, we can also choose not to be so, and, strangely, no one would care. It's important to identify where the pressure to be an individual or to be creative is coming from. Is it really coming from some external imperative, or is it coming from us trying to follow the standards of the social group we associate ourselves with? Our context projects only to the standards tht we define or accept as context."

- Goshka Makuga"


"A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.

- Maya Angelou


"If something is abstract, it's indescribable with language. And the idea of painting itself is a ridiculous way of thinking about abstraction because if you're materializing something or putting it into language, you're already doing something that isn't abstract. "

- Mika Tajima


“It doesn’t make much difference how the paint is put on as long as something has been said. Technique is just a means of arriving at a statement.”

- Jackson Pollack