The Brave Drawn World of Richard Ferrier

Richard B. Ferrier (1944 – 2010) was an American artist and architecture professor at the University of Texas at Arlington.

He also was known for his art, which is in collections across the United States.

Image of Architecture | postcards, watercolour, graphite, photographic images, 1994

Richard Ferrier in his own words:

. . . THE CONCEPTUAL DRAWING: Architectural drawing is most readily thought of as a means of depiction, a communicative device for what is proposed as a design solution. Conceptual drawing contains a broader potential. It is a mode which can consider intentions and attitudes, literal aspects and abstract thoughts, complexities as well as contradictions, fantasies and intricate relationships, along with fragmented notions. While the process of drawing can both tangible and speculative, it is the speculative nature that can provide a significant contribution to the process of design. Without the firmness required of a building, one can investigate architectonic ideas. My drawings utilize recurrent themes and organizational devices. The horizontal condition and the condition of edge dominate the early drawings. Windows and fragments provided thematic and even competing narratives, assembled in layering compositions and (hopefully) offering compelling ambiguity.

Window and Fragments: Remembered in Song and Image | watercolour, graphite, coloured pencil, photographic images, 1988

. . . THE WINDOWS: The human figure is used as a reference of scale and proportion and as an evocative emotive device. The figure provides an interior view, the place of spatial interaction, human interaction and intimate personal experience. The idealized landscape provides an external view and suggests a larger context and sense of place. Some drawings depict more than one place and more than one time. In this way, juxtaposition and collage become themes found in the drawings.

Tower House | watercolour, graphite, coloured pencil, photographic film images, 2000

. . . MODEL VERSUS DRAWING: at some point, I cut windows into the watercolours and provided literal frames for the images beyond. Then, I applied metal parts, bolted though the surface of the paper. Next, I added basswood constructions and frames across the painted surface. Is it a model, a drawing or a painting? I refer to my work as watercolour drawings. Perhaps it is O.K. since Jasper Johns and Jim Dine added objects to the surface of the canvas and referred to their work as paintings.

Angels in Architecture (detail) | watercolour, graphite, bass wood, vellum, photographic images, 2003

Ferrier was born in Fort Worth and received his bachelor’s degree in architecture from Texas Tech University in 1968 and a master’s degree in art from the University of Dallas in 1972. He was a registered architect, interior designer and fellow of the American Institute of Architects. His work is in permanent drawing collections, including the AIA National Archives in Washington, D.C. Ferrier was associate dean of the UTA School of Architecture from 1985 to 1995 and was a professor at the time of his death in 2010.


source/credits: Richard B. Ferrier drawings and text /// Hand Drawn Worlds, Edited by Herausgegeben von and Kristin Feireiss, Jovis Vrlag GmbH, 2003