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Dick Waller

Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

abstract, painting, oil, collect, art, modern, color, bold, interior, music, love Dick Waller

About Dick Waller

My explorations in art are both an extension of and a contrast to my love affair with music. When I started painting in 1974, it was in seeking a release from the strict regimen of performing as principal clarinetist of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. The creative process of painting induced in me a feeling of complete abandon and joy. Rather than interpreting a composer’s vision for a piece (as is the musician’s role when playing Classical music), as a visual artist I had no restraints – only a blank canvass ready for any possible expression.

My style of painting is completely intuitive – I like to call it “Free Association Art.” This involves selecting harmonious color combinations and applying them to a canvas or piece of wood on the floor. I add layer of paint until the work feels finished – a process that can take minutes, hours or days. The most important moment is to know when to stop.

All of my works bear the title “Contrasts,” in homage to the wonderful Bartok trio for piano, violin and clarinet. This describes my contrasting style of painting, the varying colors/media and the various ways in which the viewer might interpret the work. In a way, these Contrast numbers can be considered Opus numbers, similar to the way many symphonies and sonatas are named. This gives the audience freedom to interpret the work in his or her own way. My goal in creating art is to inspire in the viewer a feeling that their lives have been more enriched by experiencing the piece – it is my desire to evoke a sense of wonder, freedom, spontaneity and playfulness.

~ Dick Waller

Artist Biography

Dick Waller started painting in 1974, originally as a release from the strict regimen of performing as principal clarinetist of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. As his passion for the art grew, he developed a style he calls free association painting. All of his pieces bear the title “Contrasts,” inspired by the wonderful Bartok trio for clarinet, violin and piano. It both describes his contrasting styles of painting as well as the contrast of colors he uses. In a way, the Contrast numbers should be considered opus numbers; most works of composers are untitled symphonies or sonatas with an opus number, which gives the listener the freedom to interpret the music with his or her own ear. Similarly, by leaving the paintings without a title, it is his desire that the viewer has the freedom to interpret each piece in their own way.

Artist Resume

Education: Bachelor of Arts in Music, graduated 1954, Occidental College

Solo Exhibitions:

  • 2013, Contrasts, Clifton Cultural Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 2011, Contrasts, Malton Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
  • 2004-2011, Contrasts, Essex Studios, quarterly gallery walks, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 2000, Contrasts, Red Brick Arts Center, Aspen, Colorado
  • 1999, Contrasts, Red Brick Arts Center, Aspen, Colorado
  • 1998, Contrasts, First Unitarian Church, Cincinnati, Ohio

Private Collections:

  • Gil Shaham, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Anne-Marie McDermott & Michael Lubin and Colorado Public Radio president Max Wysick, among others

Group Shows:

  • 2013, Golden Ticket, Clifton Cultural Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 2014, Golden Ticket, Clifton Cultural Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 2014, Constella, Woodward Theater, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 2015, Constella, House Show, Cincinnati, Ohio

Press:

  • 2011 “Art” – CityBeat, By Jane Durrell
  • 1998 “Art Scoop” – The Cincinnati Post, By Jerry Galvin
  • 1998 “The Talk” – The Cincinnati Enquirer, By Jim Knippenberg
  • 1999 “Former Concert Clarinetist Finds New Freedom as Abstract Painter” – Denver Post, By Jeff Bradley
  • 1999 “Outside the Lines, Former Clarinetist Moves into Visual Realm” – Aspen Times, By Stewart Oksenhorn
  • 1999 “Jackson On His Mind” – Roaring Fork Sunday’s GO! Arts & Entertainment Weekly, By Carrie Click
  • 1999 “Music Man Waller Plays a Mean Canvas, Showing at Red Brick Arts Center” – Snowmass Village Sun, by Madeleine Osberger 

Dick Waller: Former longtime Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra principal clarinetist onto his third career

abstract, painting, oil, collect, art, modern, color, bold, interior, music, love Contrasts CV (105), 48" X 48" acrylic on canvas | THE CARLOS REID GALLERY
Contrasts CV (105)
2,500.00 USD
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Contrasts CV (105), 48" X 48" acrylic on canvas | THE CARLOS REID GALLERY

Dick Waller, United States
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abstract, painting, oil, collect, art, modern, color, bold, interior, music, love Contrasts XXXVIII (38), 36" X 48" acrylic on canvas | THE CARLOS REID GALLERY
Contrasts XXXVIII (38)
1,800.00 USD
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Contrasts XXXVIII (38), 36" X 48" acrylic on canvas | THE CARLOS REID GALLERY

Dick Waller, United States
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abstract, painting, oil, collect, art, modern, color, bold, interior, music, love Contrasts CCXXIII (223), 24″x30″, acrylic on canvas | THE CARLOS REID GALLERY
Contrasts CCXXIII (223)
750.00 USD
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Contrasts CCXXIII (223), 24″x30″, acrylic on canvas | THE CARLOS REID GALLERY

Dick Waller, United States
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abstract, painting, oil, collect, art, modern, color, bold, interior, music, love Contrasts XXX (30), 48″x48″, acrylic on wood | THE CARLOS REID GALLERY
Contrasts XXX (30)
2,500.00 USD
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Contrasts XXX (30), 48″x48″, acrylic on wood | THE CARLOS REID GALLERY

Dick Waller, United States
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abstract, painting, oil, collect, art, modern, color, bold, interior, music, love Contrasts XVIII (18), 36″x36″, acrylic on canvas | THE CARLOS REID GALLERY
Contrasts XVIII (18)
1,300.00 USD
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Contrasts XVIII (18), 36″x36″, acrylic on canvas | THE CARLOS REID GALLERY

Dick Waller, United States
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abstract, painting, oil, collect, art, modern, color, bold, interior, music, love Contrasts LXII (62), 96″x144″, acrylic on masonite| THE CARLOS REID GALLERY
Contrasts LXII (62)
13,800.00 USD
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Contrasts LXII (62), 96″x144″, acrylic on masonite| THE CARLOS REID GALLERY

Dick Waller, United States
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abstract, painting, oil, collect, art, modern, color, bold, interior, music, love Contrasts LXVIII (68), 96″x120″, acrylic on canvas | THE CARLOS REID GALLERY
Contrasts LXII (62)
11,500.00 USD
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Contrasts LXVIII (68), 96″x120″, acrylic on canvas | THE CARLOS REID GALLERY

Dick Waller, United States
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abstract, painting, oil, collect, art, modern, color, bold, interior, music, love LXIV (64) , 96" X 120", acrylic on canvas | THE CARLOS REID GALLERY
Contrasts LXII (62)
11,500.00 USD
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LXIV (64) , 96" X 120", acrylic on canvas | THE CARLOS REID GALLERY

Dick Waller, United States
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abstract, painting, oil, collect, art, modern, color, bold, interior, music, love CLIX (159), 48″x60″, acrylic on canvas | THE CARLOS REID GALLERY
CLIX (159)
2,900.00 USD
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CLIX (159), 48″x60″, acrylic on canvas | THE CARLOS REID GALLERY

Dick Waller, United States
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abstract, painting, oil, collect, art, modern, color, bold, interior, music, love Contrasts CCLXXIV (274), 48″x60″, acrylic on canvas | THE CARLOS REID GALLERY
Contrasts CCLXXIV (274)
2,900.00 USD
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Contrasts CCLXXIV (274), 48″x60″, acrylic on canvas | THE CARLOS REID GALLERY

Dick Waller, United States
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abstract, painting, oil, collect, art, modern, color, bold, interior, music, love Contrasts CCXXXII (232), 48″x60″, acrylic on canvas | THE CARLOS REID GALLERY
Contrasts CCXXXII (232)
2,900.00 USD
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Contrasts CCXXXII (232), 48″x60″, acrylic on canvas | THE CARLOS REID GALLERY

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