Dick Termes is an internationally acclaimed and award winning artist whose three-dimensional paintings on spheres makes for a stunning artistic display. Lauded for his work from San Francisco to Paris, Termes acknowledges M. C. Escher and Buckminster Fuller as early influences.
His work is on display at the Termesphere Gallery (1920 Christensen Dr., 605/642-4805 or 888/642-4805, www.termespheres.com, Mon.–Sat. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sun. noon–5 p.m.) and is a delight for the eyes. Colorful spheres, ranging in size from a small Christmas ornament to 24 inches in diameter, hang from the ceiling of the gallery and quietly spin, the result of a small electric motor, giving the viewer a 360-degree view of a handpainted scene created by Termes.
His work has included depictions of the Globe Theater in London, the Pantheon, and St. Marks Square in Venice. Termes continues to experiment, using mirrors and painting scenes from the inside of the sphere out. Some are brightly colored scenes and some are intricate graphical designs.
It’s hard to begin to explain the six-point perspective approach that Termes uses to create his spherical masterpieces, but the results are absorbing. Housed in a geodesic dome built by the Termes family, the hanging and spinning paintings are available for sale.
When he isn’t on the road doing shows or giving lectures, Termes can be found on-site happy to chat about his work. The gallery space is located in his home, as is his studio.
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