Richard Winther (23 July 1926, Maribo, Denmark - 30 August 2007, Vindeby, Denmark) was considered one of the major Danish artists of the 20th century. He explored the arts extensively and his prolific career focused mainly on painting, graphics, photography and sculpture. Richard's work was greatly influenced by Asger Jorn and Richard Mortensen, both Danish artists part of the Linien group.
Richard Winther was born Richard Ludvig Philip Weibull Winther. The third of three children, Richard Winther's father was Carl Christian Winther and his mother was Ely Maria Ricardis Weibull. He grew up in a sugar factory and understood how productivity could be improved by the use of machines. This exposure impacted his work as he explored extensively printing and photography. Photography was a subject that enticed him in such a way that he built several cameras during his career. Interested in the arts from an early age, Richard started working on art at age ten and exhibiting his paintings during high school years, after the Linien (The Line) artists' work. Records of his work exist since early 1940s.
Richard Winther was a student at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts where later he became a professor. He founded the exhibition group Linien II with other young artists, initially a spontaneous-abstract style of painting but with time transformed into a geometric-abstract type of movement. Linien II style falls into the concrete art movement. Later on some of Richard Winther's work became intensely abstract and had some of the characteristics of the De Stijl/Konkret Art characteristics. Richard Winther had an intense Lithographic period in the 1950s. As he evolved as a painter, his work shifted focus to the human body. He was a member of Eks-Skolen founded in 1961 by one of his friends, the artist Poul Gernes. There he taught several upcoming artists, including Per Kirkeby. While always interested in photography, he dedicated a significant part of the 60s to this technique, which he would revisit time after time the following decades including his last years. Richard Winther's work is marked by particular themes such as Heronimous and Syndflod. Many of these themes fit the idea of recycled classicism. Between 1994 and 2007 he took the idea of recycling forward doing much of his pieces in cardboard. He took recycling to another level when taking previous artists' life and works and building further on those personalities. An example of this approach is illustrated by the pieces Winther generated on Wie and Gammel Holtegaard took selected pieces of this effort and enhibited Winther's work on Wie in 2005. Further, Richard Winther took his idea of recycling and applied it to his own work: he revisited many paintings of his as well as his photographic cameras accomplishing an "Rdo Re-do" where Rdo was his latest way of signing his art pieces.
Richard Winther received several awards for his work: Eckersberg Medal 1971, Thorvaldsen Medal 1997. and the Prince Eugen Medal.
Richard Winther was also involved in the movie The Wake directed by Michael Kvium and Christian Lemmerz where he was the character St Patrick.
He was a member of the following groups: Arme og Ben, Decembristerne, Linien II, and Den Frie Udstilling.
There is a permanent collection of His work at the Silkeborg Kunstmuseum in Denmark. The latest solo exhibitions on Richard Winther's works are: 2001 Stege Bibliotek; 2005 Gammel Holgegaard; 2008-9 University of Massachusetts Art Gallery; 2010 Museum Jorn; 2011 Clausens Kunsthandel, DAMP and ApArt, Fotografisk Center in Copenhagen, and Møstings Hus; 2012 Rdo Huset and Galleri Tom Christoffersen: 2012-13 Fuglsang Kunstmuseum; 2013 Galleri Klejn, Rdo Huset, Tal R Galleri, Galleri Tom Christoffersen and Stensalen
Events where Richard Winther and other artists had works exhibited together: 2008 Decembristerne; 2010 Lys over Lolland; 2011 Galleri Tom Christoffersen;
2013 Clausens Kunsthandel and Galleri Tom Christoffersen
- Tableau Vivant
- Den hellige Hieronymus damekreds.