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Jazz singer Richard Haynes loves color. His paintings explode with it, arresting the viewers from across a room - drawing them toward the canvas. In this series on migrant workers, the Portsmouth, NH artist has grown bolder than ever.

"Art does not reproduce the visible, rather it makes the visible," Richard says. These pictures are part memory of his subject, part nostalgia, part hope - one man's reprocessing of topic, shape and color into something else altogether.

Migrant Worker Richard describes himself simply as "an American painter". What Walt Whitman did with words, Richard does with hues - celebrating his country and the people that draw his eye.

In this series, he says, the point is not to represent the agonies and misjudgments of society toward its migrant workers. That is the reality. His goal, instead, is to "beautify" the images, and this celebrates the people in them. He is not looking at what is, he says, but what should be.

Richard Haynes, Jr., was born in Charleston (James Island), South Carolina in 1949 where he spent his formative years, then moved to New York City in 1958. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1968, but enlisted into the U.S. Air Force. He received an honorable discharge in 1972 and entered Herbert H. Lehman College, a New York City university, where he majored in fine arts as a painter/print maker and minored in education. He received his BFA in 1976.

Richard Haynes After graduation, Richard entered the distinguished Pratt Institute and received his MFA in 1979. CBS hired Richard that same year for their publishing company, Holt Rinehart and Winston, as an art buyer. In 1984 he held the position of staff photographer. Richard Haynes established Haynes Images in 1986. Today he lives with his wife and family in Portsmouth, NH.

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