James Rieck earned his MFA and BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. He also attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and the Glasgow School of Art, Scotland. Rieck’s paintings have been exhibited across the United States.
‘I used to paint from my own photos, but I found it more exciting to explore the ideas embedded in pictures used to sell products. By using the models in ads, I can bring my own point of view to the figures in my work, while still having the loaded content the ads carry. I don’t focus on the face in my paintings, or even copying the ad. I bring the attention to the unspoken body language of the models, and their accoutrements. Often times it is a gesture or posture that I’m interested in. It’s there that I see the history of figure and portrait painting. There’s a similar language to presenting one’s best, with undertones of hiding. We know clothes are used to cover us up – they always tell us about what we are hiding from ourselves and each other.’ – James Rieck