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Termes in his art gallery.
|Education||BS Art BHSU,
MA Art University of Wyoming,
MFA Otis College of Art and Design
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. He is the world's leading spherical artist. In 2014, Dick was inducted into the South Dakota Hall of Fame. He currently lives and works in Spearfish, South Dakota.
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."  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 & Lectures
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
- "Dick Termes : Termespheres". Practical Painting. 2005. Archived from the original on 23 July 2011. Retrieved 27 September 2012.[dead link]
- http://www.termespheres.com This is the personal web site for Dick Termes.
- Peterson, Ivars. "Sphere Worlds". ScienceNews. A column entry by Ivars Peterson entitled “Sphere Worlds” for ScienceNews.
- http://www.maa.org/mathland/mathtrek_12_20_04.html An installment of Ivars Peterson’s MathTreck for the Mathematical Association of America that features Dick Termes’ spherical worlds.
- http://www.boingboing.net/2004/12/27/spherical-paintings.html A post on BoingBoing by David Pescovitz which describes Termespheres and provides a link to the Termespheres website.
- http://mathpaint.blogspot.com/2007/01/spherical-artworks-by-dick-termes.html Mathematical Paintings and Sculptures blog post on Dick Termes.
- http://arpam.free.fr/termes.html An article entitled “Getting Out of the Box and Into the Sphere” by Dick Termes which describes concepts and the geometry behind Termespheres.
- http://www.mmi.unimaas.nl/people/Veltman/articles/perspectives/art35.htm A paper by Kim H. Veltman entitled “Perception, Perspective and Representation in North America” in which Dick Termes and his work is discussed.
- http://www.rudyrucker.com/blog/2008/06/26/dick-termes-paints-on-spheres/ Rudy’s Blob has a wonderful explanation of Dick Termes Termespheres and shows the environment of the domes Termes works in. This came from a visit Rudy made to the Black Hills.
- http://agsci.oregonstate.edu/orb/sites/default/files/TomorrowsTableReview.pdf This is a great article by SCIENCE on Termes’ work.
- http://www.hopsd.org/exhibits/termespheres/ This shows a video of Termes” HANDS ON PARTNERSHIP showing that is touring the state of South Dakota which shows the connection of math and art.
- http://www.bridgesmathart.org/art-exhibits/bridges2005/DickTermes.html This shows lots of spheres which tie to the Math/Art connection put together by a group called Bridges which meet in a different country every years.
- http://www.jstor.org/pss/1575568 This is an article by the Leonardo Magazine Termes wrote on 1-6 point perspective.
- http://books.google.com/books?id=6c0qxylJdH8C&pg=RA1-PA279&lpg=RA1-PA279&dq=termesphere&source=bl&ots=1Z385aw1Vw&sig=EhrARW7GHMa2n_n0NVTInYddoS8&hl=en&ei=LX5FSs78DpSuNoTJtZ8B&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=2 This is an article on Termespheres which gets into some wonderful details on Termes’s work.
- T.V. Papathomas: Art pieces that 'move' in our minds—an explanation of illusory motion based on depth reversal, Spat Vis. 2007; 21(1-2), pp. 79–95, PubMed 18073052 - with an attempt at explaining the depth reversal effects of Termespheres (the fact that convex surface appear concave and vice versa surfaces)