Cloaked in mystery, the female form of Nightfall intrigues us. Concealed is a beautiful face, but like nightfall itself, all is not revealed. The globes in each hand suggest the arrival of night and the passage of day, but also reference the idea to put the past behind us, and open ourselves to the future. Poised on the scythe shaped moon, the figure of Nightfall strides with strength and purpose. Our eye follows the organic curve of the drapery from the top of the head to the base, a device that generates movement in the piece, countering the direction of the stride and creating dramatic visual tension.
In 2014 and 2015, Richard MacDonald focused intently on the minerals and pigments of his patina process - specifically on the color red. Shortly thereafter, the artist revealed his discoveries in a new exhibition entitled “Richard MacDonald: Red.” The exhibition, which highlights MacDonald's creative immersion into the hue, the emotion, and narrative of color, represents a profound new direction in the artist's work.