Richard E. Prince was born in 1949 in Comox, British Columbia, and has lived since a very early age in Vancouver. He attended the University of British Columbia, graduating in 1971 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in art history. He began teaching sculpture and studio arts in 1973 and joined the faculty at the Department of Fine Arts (now Art History, Visual Art and Theory) at the University of British Columbia in 1975, where he is now a Professor.
Prince’s artwork has ranged over a number of themes but pre-eminent is that of the landscape. It is not simply the landscape of direct observation but rather it is a poetic landscape that reveals the often hidden, underlying structure or examines the intangible systems and ephemeral phenomena permeating our experience of land and place. Aspects of the landscape which have been the subject of his work have ranged from wind and erosion to the aurora borealis and other cosmological events. Much of his work questions our assumptions about conventional images of the landscape and proposes unique, often mechanical or electronic solutions for its representation.
Prince has been exhibiting his work in art galleries across Canada and internationally since his first solo exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery in 1972. His works are in many collections, including the National Gallery in Ottawa, the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Canada Council Art Bank, the Winnipeg Art Gallery, and the Mendel Gallery in Saskatoon. His work has been acquired by many corporate and private collectors as well.