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"Everything you can imagine is real" - Pablo Picasso


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My work looks at shadow as light, and light as shadow, revealing imagery in both positive and negative space in a framework of changing references.

In many ways, the work is about the expression of the medium itself. Paper conveys a fragile balance, yet it can be shaped to create complex volume, surface, and presence. By limiting the use of color, the language of form does the heavy lifting. I see the patterns of shapes revealed in both form and counter-form. Their references come from experiential and emotional touchstones. I play with intentional randomness, letting the work develop it's own personality. Any formality comes from the focus of a set of very simple design decisions. After the initial cuts have been made, the work pretty much tells me what to do. In that dialogue, I just become the willing servant holding the knife.



Richard Shipps is a Chicago-based multi-discipline artist currently working primarily in cut paper abstractions. His expressions also are realized through drawings, sculpture, painting, and kinetic mobiles.

Born in Midland, Michigan in 1946, he grew up in a house full of music, art and cultural relevance with ties to Jane Addams' Chicago Hull House. These were a primal influence on him. Recognizing his abilities early on, his family exposed him to art expression beyond his years. He went on to study at Albion College, Detroit Society of Arts & Crafts, Wayne State University and private classes.

Richard began exhibiting his art in the Detroit area in the 1960s. Simultaneously, he began working in creative production. As an artist/designer/producer he applied himself to film & video animation, emerging large format multiple projection systems, theatrical production, and a variety of communication projects over a 30-plus year period. Gathering a group of tech-savvy creatives around him, he and his company, DD&B Studios produced major events for IBM, AT&T, General Motors and many others. He received over 40 awards for creative and technological innovation, including the Grand Award from the International Film and Television Festival of New York. Richard enjoyed living on the "bleeding edge" of technology for over three decades. He carries that drive and focus into his artwork today. Richard has been a featured speaker for emerging creative technology events worldwide. He is also a dedicated kinetic artist, having produced several thousand mobiles since 2000.

In 2006 Richard moved to Chicago and re-focused his fine art discipline. He spent a year as a resident artist and executive committee co-chair with the Chicago Artists Coalition Gallery. That was followed by two years exhibiting in and managing a pop-up gallery in Chicago working with the Chicago Loop Alliance. He participated in Artprize for several years, exhibiting large scale cut paper work. His work has recently been exhibited in several venues in Europe, and a variety of exhibitions in the US.


Most of the work shown on this website is available for sale or exhibition. Richard is also available for special projects and private or public commission work.

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"No Shortcuts", VIVID Gallery, Wilmette, IL, March, 2020



"Ravenswood Art Walk" - Open Studios, Chicago, Sept, 2019

Firecat Projects "I Saw It in the Paper" 3/2019

Morgan Conservatory Juried Exhibition 5/2019 __________________________________________________________________________________________________


Featured Artist, Oak Park Art League, Oak Park, IL, Oct 2018

"Ravenswood Art Walk" - Open Studios, Chicago, Sept, 2018

"Material Matters", Veeck Gallery, Catholic Theological Union, Hyde Park, IL, June-Sept 2018

"Dancing In The Counterform", State Street Gallery - Robert Morris Univ., Chicago, Mar - April 2018

“Makers”, Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, special exhibit - Mar 2018

“At the Surface”, Foundry Art Center, St Charles, MO, Mar 2018



“Intricacies”, Prairie State College,  Chicago area, group show, Oct 2017

“Paperika Revisited” expanded installation, South Bend Museum of Art, Indiana, June 2017 - ongoing

“Dark Matter”, Gallery Pink, Oak Park, IL, group show, May 2017

Fortunate Discoveries Gallery, Chicago, 2017-2018

“Small But Mighty”, Prairie State College, Chicago area, group show, Jan 2017

"Intricacies", Prairie State College, group show, Nov 6 - Dec 7 2017

"InterActions" Chicago Sculpture Int'l, Prairie State College, group show, June 5 - July 13, 2017

"Dark Matter", Gallery Pink, Oak Park IL, three artist show, May 6 - June 25, 2017

"Digital Daydreams" & "Abstract Aesthetic", Oak Park Art League, 2017



"Paper Creatures" exhibition, Jaffa Museum, Jaffa, Israel, Aug- Nov 2016

“Nature, Diversity & The Art of Paper”, IAPMA 30th anniversary , Brazilia, Brazil, Aug - Oct 2016

"Sightlines" exhibition, South Bend Museum of Art, , "Paperika Revisited", 2016 - current

"WIDE OPEN 7", BWAC Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, National Juried Show", May - June 2016

"Out Of The Shadows", Lubeznik Center for the Arts, Michigan City, IN, , two artist show, April – June, 2016

"Unfolded", Chicago Design Museum, Chicago, April-July, juried group show, April, 2016

"Art in the Atrium", Loyola University Chicago, Stritch Medical Center, Maywood, IL, solo show, March - May 2016

"On & Off The Wall", First Street Gallery, New York, NY, group show, January 2016



Beverly Art Center, "Beverly 39th Annual Juried Exhibition", Chicago, Nov- Dec

Gallery Pink, Oak Park, IL, group show, Nov - Dec

Oak Park Art League, "1st Annual Juried Exhibition" Oak Park, IL Nov - Dec

Foundry Art Centre, "Paper Cuts - Group III Award", St Charles, MO, Oct 22 - Dec. 4

Artspace 1550 Gallery, "Wall To Wall", Chicago, Oct 6 - Nov 1

South Bend Museum of Art, "Sightlines" exhibition, "Paperika Revisited", June 2015 - May 2017

Stadtmuseum Deggendorf, "Internationale Papierkunst Triennale 2015, Global Papier III", Deggendorf, Germany, May 17-Oct 18

Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, "Wide Open 6", Brooklyn, NY, May 9 - June 14

Amateras Foundation, "Sofia International Paper Biennial 2015", Sofia Bulgaria, May 7 - June 6

Oak Park Art League, "Artist Member Exhibition" Oak Park, IL, April 10 - May 2

Elephant Room Gallery, Chicago, IL, "Achromatic Vibrancy", group show, March 6-28



Oak Park Art League, group show, "Anything Goes", Dec 2014 - Jan 2015

Gallery Pink, Oak Park, IL, "Dark Pleasures". group show, Oct 17 - Nov 29

Saint Xavier Univ, Chicago, IL, "Shadows On The Wall", one man show, Oct 1 - Oct 22

Oak Park Art League, "Works on/of Paper", group show, Sept 12 - Oct 3

Trattoria 225, Oak Park, IL, ongoing exhibition, 2014

Kavanagh Gallery, St Charles, IL, "Layers" group show, Sept 5 - Oct 11

Univ of Nebraska UNO Gallery, "Everything Paper" int'l group exhibition, Aug 29 - Oct 2

Rijswijk Museum, Rijswijk, NL, Int'l Paper Biennial 2014, June 14- Sept 26

Oak Park Art League, group show, May - June

Ragdale residency, Lake Forest, IL, April - May

Studio 110 Salon, Chicago, IL, ongoing exhibition, 2014

Degenerate Art Gallery, "Outsider". Chicago, group show, March - April



Degenerate Art Gallery, Chicago, "Black, White & Grey", Dec 2013 - March 2014

Beverly Art Center, "Beverly 37 Exhibition", Chicago, group show, Nov 2013 - Jan 2014

Buckingham Interiors + Design, Chicago, Dec 2013 - March 2014

Ligne Roset, Chicago, IL, ongoing 2013

Oak Park Art League, group show, Sept 13 - Oct 4

South Shore Art Festival, Chicago, IL, Aug 16 - early Dec

Oak Park Art League, "Off The Grid", Oak Park, IL, group show, July-Aug

Beverly Art Center, Chicago, group show, July-Aug

Foundry Art Centre,"Paper Cuts", St Charles, MO, group show, June-Sept

ArtFutura, "Art In Motion", Chicago, IL, group show, May-June

Pop-Up Art Loop, "Papier" Chicago, IL, group show, March-April

Oak Park Art League, "Carved & Composed" Oak Park, IL, group show, March-April

Visual Poets Society Concept Gallery, Chicago, IL, group show, Jan-March

LACDA (Los Angeles Center for Digital Art), "Electron Salon", group show, Feb 2013

Reiner Gallery, Buffalo Grove, IL, solo show, Jan-Feb 2013

LACDA (Los Angeles Center for Digital Art), "Snap To Grid", group show, Jan 2013



Oak Park Art League, "Anything Goes", group show, Dec 2012

Gallery Pink, "Holiday Lights", Chicago. IL, group show, Nov-Dec 2012

Visual Poets Society Concept Gallery, Chicago. IL, group show,Nov- Dec, 2012

Oak Park Art League, "National Juried Show", Oak Park, IL, group show, Oct - Nov 2012

Tom Robinson Gallery, "Black/White/Gray", Chicago. IL, group show, Oct - Nov 2012

EXPO CHICAGO After-Party, "EXTENDED", Chicago. IL, group show, Sept 2012

Gallery@220, "Blackbook Chronicles", Chicago. IL, group show, May- June 2012

Oak Park Art League, "Cut Paper", Oak, Park, IL, solo show, April 2012

Gallery Pink,"Paper Visions", Chicago. IL, solo show, March - April 2012

Gallery@220, "E!X!H!iBiTiON!", Chicago. IL, group show, March - May 2012

Gallery Swarm, Chicago, IL, ongoing 2012



Patron Storefront Art Project, "Simply Perfect", Chicago. IL, Nov - Dec 2011

Robert Morris Gallery, "Life in the Counter-form", Springfield, IL solo show Sept - Oct 2011

Artprize 2011, "Paperika Redux", Grand Rapids, MI, September - Oct, 2011

"Built: Festival", container show event, Chicago. IL, Wicker Park, Chicago, group show, Aug 2011

Gallery@220, "living in the counter-form", Chicago. IL, solo show, June - Sept, 2011

Evanston Art Center, "CUT", Evanston, IL, group show June - Aug 2011

Governors State Univ., "Brainstorm 2011", University Park, IL, group show, May - June 2011

Gallery@220, "Big Paper", Chicago. IL, four artist show, March-April 2011

Gallery@220, "INTENSITY", Chicago. IL, three artist show, Jan-Feb 2011

Gallery Swarm, Chicago, IL, ongoing 2011



Governors State Univ. Gallery, "Long Night, Dark to Light", solo show, Dec 2010

Chicago Art Loop Open, "Paperika", Chicago, IL Oct - Nov 2010

Artprize 2010, "Paper Migration", Grand Rapids, MI Sept - Oct 2010

Gallery@220, "New Work", Chicago. IL, solo show, Sept - Dec 2010

Governors State Univ, "BrainStorm 2010", University Park, IL, group show, May - June 2010

Maison Rouge Gallery, Chicago. IL, ongoing 2010



Coalition Gallery, Chicago Artists' Coalition, Chicago, IL - group show Oct 2009

Coalition Gallery, Chicago, IL - Featured artist "Cut & Paste" show, Sept, 2009

Artprize 2009, Grand Rapids, MI - Sept 2009

Coalition Gallery, Chicago Artists' Coalition, Chicago, IL - group show Aug 2009

Art Slant July Showcase Winner for hand cut paper "May Be Love" July 2009

Energy Gallery, Toronto, Canada - group show 23D13, July, 2009

Maison Rouge Gallery, Chicago. IL - featured artist, June - July 2009

ArtFutura 2009, May-June 2009 - honorable mention

Morpho Gallery, Chicago, IL - group show, Feb 2009.

Finestra Art Space, "The Ambiguity of Form", solo show, Chicago. IL, Jan 2009.



Chicago Art Open, Merchandise Mart, group show, Oct 2008

Columbia College Book & Paper Arts Triennial, group show, July - Sept 2008

Morpho Gallery, Chicago, group show, July - Sept 2008

Morpho Gallery, Chicago - group show, July 2008

Artropolis, The Artist Project, Chicago - April 2008





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Richard Shipps, Chicago, IL (248) 867 1958, shippsr@comcast.net