RICHARD BINDER

As a medical oncologist who spent more than 40 years caring for patients, I have undergone a metamorphosis from caring to creating and have translated skills learned as an undergraduate in engineering school fabricating working manufacturing models from metals into creating abstract metal sculptures.

I create vivid and dramatic metal sculptures from mild and stainless steel. My inspiration is the world and its beauty. My creative process begins with a cerebral concept. I close my eyes and visualize in 3-dimensions – and often in color. I transfer the image to a two-dimensional sketch to set the proportions. Next I either create a 3-dimensional model or go directly to working with the steel. I cut the steel sheets and may beat, etch, twist and size, followed by welding together the component pieces along the preconceived idea, sketch or model. Then I grind the edges and polish or paint the surface. Using this technique, I can create a 3-dimensional composition with vivid lines, curves, and edges - pieces that are brightly colored or have reflective surfaces. As one moves around a sculpture each view produces a different perspective. Negative space, positive space, angles and curves create the final composition and make it a thing of beauty, a thing of strength and a thing of permanence.

Gallery Shows and Exhibits
Watergate Gallery: Washington, DC. 2016
Artists Proof: Washington, DC. 2015-2016
Byrne Gallery: Middleburg, VA. 2015
Watergate Gallery: Washington, DC. 2015
Byrne Gallery: Middleburg, VA. 2014
Residence of the German Ambassador: Washington, DC. 2013-2014
Byrne Gallery: Middleburg, VA. 2013
Byrne Gallery: Middleburg, VA. 2012
Watergate Gallery: Washington, DC. 2012
Potomac Gallery: Potomac, MD. 2011
Orchard Gallery: Bethesda, MD. 2010
Juried Outdoor Sculpture Show, Foggy Bottom Art Association: Washington, DC. 2010
Watergate Gallery: Washington, DC. 2010
1600 Tysons Blvd Lobby Exhibition Space: Tysons Corner, VA. 2010
1800 Tysons Blvd Lobby Exhibition Space: Tysons Corner, VA. 2010
Life With Cancer: Fairfax, VA. 2009
Orchard Gallery: Bethesda, MD. 2008

Public Art
Somerset House 5600 Wisconsin Ave. Chevy Chase, MD
Claude Moore Education and Research Center, Inova Fairfax Hospital: Fairfax, VA

Honors
Sculpture selected as diplomatic gift for a foreign Head of State

Education
Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering, Northeastern University, Boston, MA 1960
Medical Degree, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA 1964
Corcoran School of Art, Washington, DC 2005