Artist Statement

‘We are image-makers and image-ridden.’ Phillip Guston

My work principally consists of profoundly abstracted figurecompositions- intuitive constructions that begin with random marks establishinglarger masses of torsos, heads and limbs in an undefined setting. The emphasisis almost punitively laid on intuition, supported by a Cezanne-ian will tobuild a picture through a rigorous but tempered structure. The figures are bornof their surrounding environment, emerging only partially and fugitively fromthe mat and scarred layers of pigment. The conflux of figure/ground perhaps owesas much to Avery as to Braque.

A narrative is evident, but never overt. A crown, a shield,a boat, a wheel. Though the subject has recently coalesced around my reading ofDante and Shakespeare, the settings remain extremely vague- a beach, aninterior, a wood. Though often derived from actual scenes in the Inferno orKing Lear, the paintings are, in the end, meditations on the relationshipbetween the protagonists of these classic works.

Work on the multiple figure compositions is accompanied withsmall studies of heads. These heads are always invented and oddly specific.Once such a study is complete (a process that may take years of repainting), I mayrecognize a character from my readings, Richard or The Fool, for example. Irecognize them sometime months after the painting has been finished.

Unadulterated landscapes do materialize in my work. The resultingwork of sincere attempts to paint en plein air each summer inevitably becomesreworked to such an extent in the studio that all reference to an actual motifis lost. Working from life is important to me, but only insofar as itinvigorates a deeply intuitive process. Mimesis is of no interest.

The paintings may be quite large, often eight, ten or twelvefeet in width, and comprised of multiple panels. Or quite small, 6 x 8”. I usea cold wax medium combined with dry pigments, oil paint and embedded fragmentsof burlap. The surfaces eventually build up into a dense, rugged terrain,resembling scorched artifacts from an archeological dig.

Curriculum Vitae


1956Grosse Pointe, MI


2017   Thaddeus Radell, Recent Paintings, John DavisGallery; Hudson, NY

2016  Through a Glass Darkly, Bowery Gallery; New York, NY

2014   Thaddeus Radell,Landscapes and Portraits, Moira Walsh Gallery, Kittery, Maine     

2014   Thaddeus Radell, New Work, Moira Walsh Gallery; Kittery, Maine

2012   Thaddeus Radell, Next Gallery, Metropolitan College of New York; NY, NY


2018  [email protected]:2018; Atlantic Gallery, NY, NY

            MakingConnections II, Citi deFord Gallery, NY, NY

            SmallWorks/Baruch/2018; Sidney Miskin Gallery, Baruch College, NY,NY

            TheGreatest Show of Earth; Sideshow gallery, NY,NY

2017   Lombard,Paulson and Radell: Recent Paintings; Sideshow Gallery, NY.

            East Meets West;William and Mary College, Williamsburg, Virginia

            January Blitz: Artfrom Our City; Plaxall Gallery, LIC, NY

            Re-search;Shirley Fiterman Art Center, NY, NY

            Onthe Shoulders of Giants; Westbeth Gallery, NY, NY

            Circle the WagonsIII, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

            LIC-ArtsOpen 7, Open Studios, Long island City, NY

2016   Lookingat the OverLooked; Westbeth Gallery, NY, NY

            Prints by Painters;The Project Room at Westbeth: NY, NY

            JuriedExhibition; Blue Mountain Gallery, NY, NY

            8th National Juried Exhibition; Prince Street Gallery, NY, NY

            AprilFlowers; Queens College Art Center, NY, NY

            LIC-ArtsOpen 6, Open Studios, Long island City, NY

            NationIV: Circle the Wagons II, Sideshow Gallery, NY, NY

            Overthe Bridge II, Atlantic Gallery: NY, NY

2015   ReisStudios Group Exhibition; Long Island City, NY

            QueensIs Not New; Local Project Gallery Space, LIC, NY

            LIC-ArtsOpen 5; LIC, NY

            NationIII: Circle the Wagons, Sideshow Gallery; NY, NY

            AtThis Moment, Fiterman Art Center, BMCC, NY, NY

            LICAMembers Salon Exhibition; Falchi Building, LIC, NY

            Fulltime Faculty Exhibition, CETLSGallery, BMCC, NY

2014   2014 Juried Exhibition; Blue MountainGallery, NY, NY

            Heads: A Retelling; Salena Gallery,Long Island University; NY, NY

            Juried Summer Exhibition, Prince Street Gallery;NY, NY

            Sideshow Nation II, SideshowGallery; Williamsburg, NY

            21 and Counting, Painting Center;NY, NY

2013   Silence and Noise, Whispers, Hints, Narrative and Declaration; Next Gallery, Metropolitan College of NY, NY

            BMCC Faculty Exhibition, Fiterman ArtCenter, NY, NY

            Parsons School of Design AlumniExhibition, Parsons School of Design; NY, NY

            Sideshow Nation, Sideshow Gallery; NY, NY  

2012   Simon Carr, Mark LaRiviere, Thaddeus Radell, Salena Gallery; Long Island University, NY

            Necessary Arrangements, curated by Jennifer Samet, The Painting Center, NY


John Goodrich, "Thaddeus Radell: Essays in the Epic," Painting Perceptions, 6/12/17

Carol Diamond,"Underworlds," New York Sun 12/13/16


Rooms with a View, catalog essay for the exhibition Rooms with a View at Westbeth Gallery, NY 3/3/18

John Lees: A Fine Insanity; 11/24/15 

Bruce Gagnier: Shouldering Into the Past; 7/2/15

Auden and Faulkner in the work of Stanley Lewis; 10/3/14

Affirmation in Truth, Leon Kossof: London Landscapes; Painting Perceptions 12/16/13

Kyle Staver: Theater of the Odd; 11/21/13

See It Loud , 10/21/13 The National Academy Museum;

John Lees: Exhuming the Luminous; 6/12/13

Anthony Fisher at Galerie Mourlot; 5/11/13

Philip Guston, A Problematic Centennial; 5/2/13


Tola Capital, New York City

JT Megan & Co.. New York City

New York Irish Society


2017   PSC-CUNYGrant; BMCC

2014   Heliker-LaHotan Foundation Residency; Cranberry Island,    Maine

            PortraitCommission; New York Irish Society, NY, NY.

            Commission:Relief Sculpture, J T Megan & Co. Inc.; NY, NY

2013   BMCCFaculty Development Grant

            Commission: ReliefSculptures; Tola Capital; NY, NY

2009   VermontStudio Center Residency; Johnson, Vermont

2007   Pratt Institute, Faculty Development Grant,NYC

1990   American Academy in Rome, Visiting Artist;Rome, Italy        


1978    BFA summa cum laude; University ofDetroit/Mercy, Detroit, MI

1982    MFA Parsons School of Design, NY, NY          

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