Richard Rist, Owner and President, The Large Art Company
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Mr. Richard Charles Rist

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Owner and President

The Large Art Company
6500 Old Harford Road
Baltimore , Maryland 21214
United States

Company Description: The Large Art Company is a fine art gallery and artist studio housed in a 103 year-old Victorian in Baltimore, Maryland. As our name suggests, we specialize in...   more

Employment History

  • Owner and President
    Job Force One
  • Project Manager
    Towson University - Regional Economic Studies Institute
  • Financial Consultant
    Merrill Lynch & Co. Inc
  • Interior Communications Specialist Second Class
    U.S. Navy

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Central Texas Fallen Heroes Memo, 29 Mar 2015 [cached]
Richard Rist, Artist
The Large Art Company
The Large Art Company | Press | Living Large, 21 April 2004 [cached]
If you liked Haussner's, you'd love us," says Richard Rist, sporting a bemused smile as he leads a quick tour of his home-based gallery, the Large Art Co. The collection on display in Rist's Northeast Baltimore house is, in fact, quite reminiscent of the late Highlandtown restaurant's trove of kitsch and classicism, only the pieces are less crowded and, as the name indicates, larger. Rist's sunny office is dominated by a bronze eagle with a six-foot wingspan, and it's encircled with Frederic Remington horses and cowboys of all sizes, also cast in bronze.
By his own account, Rist has lived an adventurous 43 years, pursuing a variety of careers--sailor, stockbroker, market researcher, and software developer--none of which heralded his present venture. Born and raised in Towson, he moved to rural North Carolina at the age of 14 to live with his divorced father. A few months later, his father was murdered. Unwelcome at his stepmother's house, he struck out on his own, surviving on Social Security checks and minimum-wage jobs. To avoid getting sent to a foster home, Rist learned to keep a low profile and take care of himself. At 18, he was managing a small-town convenience store; at 19, he was offered a chance to be a district manager for the retail chain. He didn't take it.
"I had this epiphany about my situation," he says.
As the group's leader, Rist felt obligated to spend a whole week bedding down on the benches.
Throughout his post-naval trajectory, Rist collected art--especially large art--for his own enjoyment, and he soon realized that there weren't very many galleries that catered to such monumental tastes as his. In the mid-'90s, while he was working on an economic research project at Towson University, he began thinking out loud about starting an art dealership. His wife, Karen, then pregnant for the first time, talked him out of taking the entrepreneurial plunge. In retrospect, he says, he's glad his wife talked sense into him. But while he focused on other projects, the art idea simmered.
Rist and two colleagues developed software for cataloguing the job skills in a given population and matching employers with people in need of work. The somewhat unexpected success of that software product, now used by several Baltimore City agencies, allowed Rist to revisit his large-art concept. He and his wife bought a century-old clapboard house at 6500 Old Harford Road, made the move from the county to the city, and went scouting for a storefront. Finding nothing suitable on the main drag, Rist took a neighbor's suggestion and turned part of his home into showrooms.
Rist orders the statuary from several American foundries, while most of his paintings come from overseas. (The rather titillating nude in the office, for example, was produced in an obscure Chinese village called Xiamen by a native craftsman who signs his work "Mosley.'' All his Chinese artists, Rist notes, use Anglo pseudonyms.)
It may take a while for Large Art to gain its full momentum, but Rist is confident of his marketing plans--and of the vast pool of consumers just waiting to find out about art that is, as he puts it, "big, reasonable, and available.
Orlando Sales Training - Orlando Sales Career - Orlando Marketing - Orlando Business Journal, 15 Feb 2005 [cached]
Richard Rist turned his city home into a museum and a $1 million business
Richard Rist, 44, is the founder and president of the Large Art Co., a fine art gallery that specializes in larger-scale art.His collection is held in a 100-year-old Victorian house in Baltimore's Hamilton neighborhood.The house is stocked full of large oil paintings, bronze and marble sculptures and statues.
But why "large" art?
The idea goes back to the early 1980s when Rist was serving in the U.S. Navy."I would go into museums at every port (Italy, North Africa, France and more) and everything was huge," Rist said.When returning to the states, he noticed American museums held art that was much smaller in size.He began to wonder where someone would go if they wanted to buy large art.Thus, the idea of a large-art business was created.
And Rist believed it could work.
Rist assumed the majority of sales would come from large paintings and statues but was surprised that the company got its niche in bronze statuary.
"I knew people who needed it and wanted it, but had nowhere to get it."There are roughly 25 companies nationwide that sell large bronze pieces and other large artwork.So Rist set out to make the Large Art Co. the number one place to go.
The company's Web site is the most vital piece of Rist's company, as more than 90 percent of the art is sold electronically.Bronze is especially difficult to photograph, but Rist knew that putting quality pictures on the Web site would encourage purchases.
Fallen Soldier Memorial | Classical Statues | Custom Sculptures and Statues | Fallen Soldier Memorial | Veterians Memorials / Monuments | The Large Art Company, 31 Dec 2014 [cached]
Fallen Soldier by Richard Rist
This sculpture was designed by Richard Rist. Mr. Rist is the owner of The Large Art Company and a proud veteran of the US Navy. He is a member of the American Legion and a life-member of the VFW. He comes from a long line of military veterans.
HARBEL, 5 May 2005 [cached]
Richard Rist
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