Portrait of Two Conversations, Hawaii, 1980
Rick Horton (1954-1990) was born in Concord, New York and lived in Charlotte, NC. He is best remembered for his work in photography, graphic art and mixed media. Thomas Sokolowski stated of Horton's art, "While hardly of the Dadaist sensibility, Horton continuously struggles to connect the viewer to the inner recesses of his emotional being." His work often had characteristics of abstraction. He records his gestures with brilliant colors on wood, canvas, and paper. In 1976 he won a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. In 1978-79 he participated in the North Carolina Art Society Fellowship in Paris, France. Horton lived in New York City where he painted and practiced law. He died of AIDS related causes in 1990. He has had at least two exhibitions in his honor after his death: at the Cary, North Carolina, Hospice Center in 1991 and at the Jerald Melberg Gallery, Charlotte, North Carolina, in 1992. His work has been exhibited at museums and galleries throughout the U.S. Horton's work is included in the collections of LVG Properties in Charlotte, North Carolina, the Mint Museum of Art in North Carolina, the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, the Puccini Museum in Italy, the Contel Corporation in New York, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, among many others.