Richard Deon: Paradox and Conformity at the Hudson River Museum

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YONKERS, NY.- Hudson Valley resident Richard Deon finds inspiration in a pastime familiar to many inattentive students – the ad hoc alteration of textbook illustrations during class time. Deon has elevated this idle occupation into a complex body of artwork that relies on our own relationship with adolescence to enhance the power of his work. Unknown men in black. A shadow at full sail. Mysterious shapes. During the past 20 years, Richard Deon has explored all these visual icons. His stunning, colorful works are inspired by the meanings and motifs of the black-and-white textbook illustrations of the 1950s. Richard Deon: Paradox and Conformity at the Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, on view July 3 to September 6, 2010, includes more than 50 paintings and works on paper by the artist, who is a Hudson Valley resident. The exhibition includes site-specific monumental banners designed for the Museum’s signature atrium. While drawi