Rigdon Irvin was born in Amory, Mississippi but spent most of his formative years on the Gulf coast in Corpus Christi, Texas.
His father retired in 1976 and moved 11 year old Rigdon to Bentonville Arkansas. For his 12th birthday his father took him to Eureka Springs and he fell in love with the town and all the wonderful people and the art.
He vowed he would someday live and be an artist there. He made that vow a reality when he made Eureka his home in 2015.
He is an abstract artist by trade but does other genres as well. He works mainly in acrylic but dabbles in various three dimensional mediums. He is also the former owner of The Birdcage Local Art Gallery.
I have always thought of art as a history of humankind. I love the way it represents what is going on in the world around us and how it affects us on a physical, emotional and spiritual level. From cave drawings that represented the daily task of basic survival to the modern art that represented the countercultural revolution that swept the world in the 1960. Each piece throughout art history is like little sign posts along the way.
My art is very much influenced by the fact that I’m a child of the 70’s. I was introduced to all kinds of music, art and various aspects of the counter culture at an early age, by my older siblings, who were coming of age during that time.
I love color and watching it explode on the canvas. I love incorporating the architectural lines of the mid century, as well as the atomic themes of the space age. Being an abstract artist allows me the freedom to create art from “an anything goes” mindset.