Richard Wilke is a Santa Barbara artist and printmaker who worked with the likes of Robert Rauschenberg, Claes Oldenburg, and Walt Disney. Richard’s portfolio boasts a variety of media including various printmaking techniques, painting, drawing, set design, and wood carvings. Richard created scores of paintings for the exterior of our Santa Barbara office, Veracruz. Panels were created with a handful of other artists–but Richard created the lion’s share.
Some of his recent body of work – woodblock prints – exhibits his love of carving and international design in a graphic and stunning grouping of prints. Richard’s intricate drawings are transferred to a block of wood which he carves by hand in great detail before printing on handmade rice paper. The larger images are silkscreen prints on silk which gives the rustic designs an elegant feel.
He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art at Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles, now part of California Institute of the Arts. See more of his work in the halls and rooms of Santa Barbara Middle School, where he continues to inspire young artists. He spent a good part of the summer of 2016 creating the artwork that now adorns the pillars at the front of the school. He has more information and images on his website.