Artist, Teacher, Ethnologist and Historian

Dick Crispo has become a Monterey Peninsula institution. He has exhibited internationally, earning 36 awards, 78 one-person shows, and is represented in over 30 public collections.

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Dick speaks of his work in this way: “I am an abstract journalist of the landscape and a choreographer of the dance of the mind, eye and hand. The plastic, the decorative, the horrible and the serene that pepper the visual landscape of the present time challenges the artists who address the age of information. I consider myself a global artist, not an American artist. This galactic view is the true basis of my work — Nature is my teacher — the Master. I’m the apprentice.”

Thomas Albright, the San Francisco Chronicle art critic, wrote in 1979 of Dick’s work: “His skills in color are reminiscent of Van Gogh and Gauguin.”

Studio signColor and texture, with a strong background in drawing and composition, are hallmarks of Dick’s work; but most of all, his creativity and love of place come through, along with his sense of the ironic, and these elements are what makes the viewer think — not run.

As Dick says: “My job is to make the personal universal and the universal personal.”


PO Box 1952, Carmel, CA 93921

831-624-6861 (Studio)

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