Born in Coney Island, Richard Segalman began his career in the early 1960's working with watercolors and oils and has since mastered pastels and monotypes as well. He most often depicts two or three people engaged in a moment of emotional significance, usually in a tranquil domestic setting or an ephemeral beach scene. His subject locales range from rooftops of Manhattan, to the beaches of Coney Island or Naples, to the arid Santa Fe area, and the fields and forests of Woodstock, NY.
The faces of his characters are nondescript, as he allows their clothing and physical positions to communicate their feelings and relationships. The expressionless faces and pastel palette employed by Segalman naturally draw comparisons with the works of the Impressionists, though his obvious relationship with his models adds a personal element that Impressionism lacks. More than anything else, Segalman has found a way to capture the true beauty of a contemplative moment shared by two people in an intimate environment.
Richard Segalman's works are part of major collections including: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D. C.; and Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, MA.