Oil on linen canvas, 1965. 762x1016 mm; 34x40 inches. Signed in oil, lower left recto. Signed and titled in pencil, upper stretcher bar verso.
Exhibited: 30 Contemporary Black Artists, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN, October 17 - November 24, 1968, with the label on the backboard; Midtown Galleries, New York with the label on the upper stretcher bar verso.
Provenance: acquired directly from the artist; private collection, New York; thence by descent, private collection, New York.
Eclipse is an excellent, early example of the atmospheric and abstracted landscapes of Richard Mayhew. Eclipse is a scarce painting from the period in the mid-1960s in which he began to add the brighter, saturated colors that he is known for today. Just the year before, Mayhew had joined the artists group Spiral in New York, and exhibited in their inaugural exhibiton in the summer of 1964.