San Diego Artist Richard Glassman Wins Third Place

Richard Glassman, an artist and resident of San Diego, California, won the third-place award in the continuingly competitive June 2021 Member’s exhibition “Violent Hues” held virtually in June 2021, on The San Diego Watercolor Society website,  Glassman’s painting entitled “Aspects of Aging (The Obsession)” was selected by prominent artist and juror Bob Burridge for this honor, out of more than 300 entries. Burridge said of  the painting, “I love the illustrative quality of this painting! The composition, design and color are aspects that I look for in a memorable painting – This one is a winner.”

Richard Glassman graduated from The Cooper Union Art School in New York in 1960, during the exciting transition of the art world from Paris to New York. He then spent a year at the San Francisco Art Institute. Two years later, he was the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship to Spain and he immersed himself in Spanish painting. When Richard returned to New York, he worked as a publishing designer, and eventually began his own design and publishing firm, Blackbirch Press. Upon selling the company in 2001, he moved to San Diego where he was able to resume painting after a hiatus of 30 years. Glassman has always painted the figure, utilizing “the tension created between the ‘real’ and the abstract to best…make a painting exciting.” Richard recently won first place at the 46th Western Federation of Watercolor Societies Exhibition. More of Glassman’s work can be seen on his website at

The Virtual Exhibit will run through Saturday June 26, 2021 on The San Diego Watercolor Society’s website at where the paintings can be both viewed and purchased from the Online Store. 


The San Diego Watercolor Society, a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1965, is dedicated to expanding the appreciation of and involvement in watermedia painting through education, exhibition and promotion.  More information can be found at

“Aspects of Aging (The Obsession)”
by Richard Glassman
Acrylic, 24 x 18 in

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