Join us for a Special Exhibit featuring the Oil and Watercolor paintings of

Paul Rickert



Photo courtesy of  Chestnut Hill Local

May 3rd First Friday Preview

6 – 8 pm

May 4th Exhibition & Reception

(with Rickert Family Members)

6 – 9 pm

(light refreshments served)

Exhibit continues through May

For a Private Showing, please contact Gallery Owner, Joe Borrelli

Afternoon Shadow, Watercolor, 11 x 20

Afternoon Shadow, Watercolor, 11 x 20

A staple of the Chestnut Hill art community and former resident, Rickert gained national recognition for his watercolor and oil paintings. His work won numerous awards and was featured in galleries from Philadelphia to New York to Maine and the Southwest. The paintings on display at Borrelli’s include over three decades of  life in Philadelphia’s historic Chestnut Hill.

“Rickert was a familiar figure living in Chestnut Hill, where he could frequently be seen on Germantown Avenue or in Wissahickon Park standing next to his wooden easel as he chronicled familiar images of architecture, trolley cars, and landscapes. Often seen riding his bike loaded with art supplies, Rickert frequently chose his subjects by observing, sketching, and painting on location.” – Len Lear, Chestnut Hill Local

4/25/24 Philadelphia Inquirer Tribute (Gary Miles):

For more than 50 years, Mr. Rickert used mostly watercolors and oils to create nostalgic paintings of historic buildings, foggy streets, rocky beaches, and urban landscapes around Chestnut Hill, Conshohocken, the coast of Maine, and elsewhere. He embraced realism and lived in a studio near Germantown Avenue for more than three decades, where he created images of the nearby church, train stations, museum, and buildings. He depicted Independence Hall, traffic on the Schuylkill Expressway, and a trolley chugging through the snow on Germantown Avenue.

Critic Edith Newhall said in The Inquirer in 2007: “He sticks to the facts and clearly loves architecture. But he infuses his paintings with wistfulness and dignity.”  “My interest in my paintings has always been about capturing the drama and the mystery of a scene,”  Rickert said in a recent interview with “It is the stage upon which the smallest to the grandest events in life are displayed.”

In an essay, writer Stephen May described Mr. Rickert’s work in 2008 as an “intense study of nature and full understanding of light, shadow and form at different times of day.” He said Mr. Rickert’s best works “are unique combinations of keen observation, deeply felt emotions, and impeccable technique.” Mr. Rickert’s work has been exhibited in museums, galleries, the Pentagon, National Constitution Center, and other venues around the country. He focused on light and shadows, and used sketches and small photos to hone in on details. He won prizes from the Woodmere Museum, awards from the National Arts Club and American Watercolor Society, and gold medals from the Allied Artists of America and the Franklin Mint Gallery of American Art.

“Paul was gentle, kind, had a great sense of humor, enduring faith, and intense commitment to his art,” said longtime friend Maria Demopoulos.

Mr. Rickert, who was drafted in 1964, qualified for the innovative Vietnam Combat Artists Program, and sketched poignant perceptions of war in Vietnam from August to December 1966. One of his well-known sketches of that period is of five local children peering over the shoulder of a U.S. military sketch artist at work.

Born in Philadelphia on June 21, 1945, Paul James Rickert grew up in Mount Airy near Carpenter’s Woods. His father, William, and grandfather were artists, too, and he and his father exhibited together in 2001 at the Hahn Gallery in Chestnut Hill. Mr. Rickert showed artistic talent as a boy, graduated from Olney High School in 1963, and attended Art Center College of Design in California after his discharge from the Army. He returned to Philadelphia in the 1970s, settled in Chestnut Hill, and was seen often around town on a bicycle or setting up an easel wherever he spotted a scene.

He was a car enthusiast, avid reader, and enjoyed classical music and Bob Dylan. He was a member of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Rosemont and attended Thompson Memorial Presbyterian Church in New Hope, and the United Methodist Church in Brooksville.

In a tribute, his family said: “He was a caring, kind, intellectual, meticulous man who had a dry sense of humor and was a dear friend to many.”

Read more about Paul here: Paul Rickert Wikipedia

Spring Valley Green, Watercolor, 12 x 12

Spring Valley Green, Watercolor, 12 x 12

The Avenue at  Highland, Oil, 12 x 16

The Avenue at Highland, Oil, 12 x 16

The Avenue at  Highland, Oil, 12 x 16

Lime Green Front, Oil, 11 x 14

Morning at Stonington, Oil, 16 x 16

Morning at Stonington, Oil, 16 x 16

Sunset Afternoon, Oil, 24x32

Sunset Afternoon, Oil, 24 x 32

Nearing the End, Watercolor, 18 x 24

Nearing the End, Watercolor, 18 x 24