Richard Mayhew

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Richard Mayhew
Born (1924-04-03) April 3, 1924 (age 94)
Amityville, New York
EducationArt Students League of New York
Alma materBrooklyn Museum Art School
Known forLandscape painting
MovementSpiral (arts alliance)

Richard Mayhew (born April 3, 1924[1] or 1934) is an Afro-Native American landscape painter and arts educator. His abstract, brightly colored landscapes are informed by his experiences as an African American/Native American and his interest in Jazz and the performing arts. He lives and works in Aptos and Santa Cruz, California.[2]


Richard Mayhew was born on April 3, 1924 or 1934 in Amityville, New York to Native American and African American parents.[3][4] He studied at the Art Students League of New York and with artist Edwin Dickinson.[5] Later attending Brooklyn Museum Art School and studying with Reuben Tam.[5]

He was a founding member of Spiral, a black painters' group in the 1960s in New York that included Romare Bearden, Charles Alston and Hale Woodruff as members.[6][7][1][8][9][10]

Mayhew's work is featured in various permanent collections including: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMoMA),[11] De Young (museum),[12] Metropolitan Museum of Art,[13] Whitney Museum of American Art,[4] and the Smithsonian Institute.[5]

For 14 years he taught at Pennsylvania State University, as well as at other schools around the United States.[14]


  1. ^ a b Steven Otfinoski (2003). African Americans in the Visual Arts. Infobase Publishing. p. 131. ISBN 978-1-4381-0777-6.
  2. ^ "The Art of Richard Mayhew: After the Rain". Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History. 2009. Retrieved 2018-03-03.
  3. ^ "Richard Mayhew Biography". Richard Mayhew on artnet. Retrieved 2018-03-03.
  4. ^ a b "Richard Mayhew: Morning Bush". Whitney Museum of American Art. Retrieved 2018-03-03.
  5. ^ a b c "Richard Mayhew". Smithsonian American Art Museum. Retrieved 2018-03-03.
  6. ^ "Mayhew, Richard". Pennsylvania Center for the Book. The Pennsylvania State University. Archived from the original on 25 February 2015. Retrieved 26 January 2015.
  7. ^ "'Art of Richard Mayhew' at MoAD". SFGate. Retrieved 2017-07-19.
  8. ^ Samella S. Lewis (2003). African American Art and Artists. University of California Press. p. 180. ISBN 978-0-520-23935-7.
  9. ^ "Richard Mayhew". Spark. Retrieved 2017-07-19.
  10. ^ Otfinoski, Steven (2014-05-14). African Americans in the Visual Arts. Infobase Publishing. ISBN 9781438107776.
  11. ^ "Richard Mayhew". SFMOMA. Retrieved 2018-03-03.
  12. ^ "New Acquisition: Richard Mayhew's "Rhapsody," 2002". de Young. 2010-04-15. Retrieved 2018-03-03.
  13. ^ "Richard Mayhew | Spring Series #7 | The Met". The Metropolitan Museum of Art, i.e. The Met Museum. Retrieved 2018-03-03.
  14. ^ "Richard Mayhew". Spark. KQED, Inc. Retrieved 2018-03-03.

Further reading[edit]

  • Hess, Janet Berry (2014). Art of Richard Mayhew: A Critical Analysis with Interviews. McFarland & Company. ISBN 9780786460502.
  • Cooks, Bridget R.; Mayhew, Richard (2009). The art of Richard Mayhew. San Francisco, Calif.: Museum of the African Diaspora. ISBN 9781616232696.

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