For fifty years George Richard Alexander Maitland was a professional dancer and choreographer. As “Richard Maitland” he appeared in ballet, concert, musical comedy, cabaret, television, motion pictures and on Broadway (with Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo in Song of Norway and the musicals Call Me Madam, Brigadoon and Li’l Abner) before becoming an internationally recognized and highly collected artist. George Richard Alexander Maitland died in 2014 at the age of 88.

Richard Maitland’s artwork has been interpreted as “romantic”, “mysterious”, “nostalgic” and “whimsical”. There are critics who have labeled him a surrealist, envisioning the art of Salvador Dali or Rene Magritte. But Richard rejected a strict surrealist label, preferring to describe his work as “romantic and at times surreal”. His paintings seem to pull the viewer out of time into a lonely, quiet, pensive and dreamlike world that is often touched with humor. Perhaps this feature inspires many to call his artwork “magical”.


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