Dick Termes

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Dick Termes
Termes in his art gallery.
Termes in his art gallery.
Nationality American
Education BS Art BHSU,
MA Art University of Wyoming,
MFA Otis College of Art and Design
Known for Painting
Notable work Termespheres
Movement Perspective
Website Official Website

Dick Termes is an American artist who uses a six point perspective system that he devised to create unique paintings on large spheres called Termespheres.[1] He is the world's leading spherical artist. In 2014, Dick was inducted into the South Dakota Hall of Fame.[2] He currently lives and works in Spearfish, South Dakota.[3]


Termespheres are paintings on spherical canvases that capture an entire environment (Up, Down, Left, Right, Front & Back). Their style was inspired by Termes's desire to "paint the total picture." [4] Termespheres are typically hung by small chains and rotated with electric ceiling motors to reveal a complete world as the spheres slowly rotate. Optical illusions tend to appear as the spheres rotate. Although the image is painted on the outside of the convex sphere, the vantage point continuously changes. The rotation also may appear to reverse direction, giving the sensation that the viewer is inside the painting viewing the concave surface of the inside of the rotating sphere. Although the six point perspective appears very non-linear and distorted when viewed on a two-dimensional plane, when the design is superimposed on the sphere, the perspective appears corrected. Termes acknowledges strong influences from M.C. Escher and Buckminster Fuller in developing his technique.

Workshops and lectures[edit]

Dick Termes conducts lectures and workshops for schools, education professionals, mathematicians and the general public, revealing the connections between art and math/science in his work. He performs workshops and lectures covering topics including:

  • slides/exhibits of Termespheres
  • one to six point perspective
  • creating polyhedra models
  • three-dimensional structures
  • making geodesic domes


Dick Termes received a B.S. with an art major from Black Hills State University in 1964, a Master's degree in Art in 1969 from the University of Wyoming, and Masters of Fine Arts at Otis Art Institute of Los Angeles County, 1971.


  • South Dakota Hall of Fame Induction, Chamberlain SD. 2014
  • Rushmore Honors Award, Rapid City SD. 2006
  • Breckenridge Festival of Film, Documentary TERMESPHERES: TOTAL WORLDS 2001
  • Governor's Award for Distinction in Creative Achievement 1999
  • S.D. Museum of Art- Artistic Achievement Citation, 1986
  • Four South Dakota Arts Council Fellowship Grants, 1976-80-84-94
  • Three Semesters paid by Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles Ca.1969-71 for MFA


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