Jan 102014


A Perceptual Dance Party for Your Eyes

by Lynn Maliszewski    May 26, 2011


A view of Room 1, left to right, Paul Pagk, “OGLS 127” (2010), oil on linen; Cora Cohen, “Brush 8” (2009), oil on linen; Josef Albers, “Homage to the Square: Grisaille & Ground” (1961), oil on board. (all photos by the author)

Abstraction is a fickle shapeshifter. Outlines of horses and bulls in caves and geometric markings on ceramic flatware were the earliest embodiment of the craft. Since then, abstraction has travelled through an unbelievable number of incarnations. Jason McCoy Gallery recently took on the challenge of presenting a hiccup’s worth of abstraction from the 20th Century, anticlimactically titled 70 Years of Abstract Painting: Excerpts. The showing was based on the gallery’s strong holding of abstract art, looking to “initiate an unusual dialogue” between past and present.

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Apr 272013

February/March 2013 issue of print publication DestinAsian. DestinAsian is an award-winning travel magazine in the Asia-Pacific region. Article by Aaron Gulley, Photography by Jen Judge.

destinasian santafe

I’ve also attached a PDF of the article “The Soul of Santa Fe”: DestinAsian Santa Fe Article.PDF

Excerpt from the article:

Notwithstanding food and architecture— and even writing— there’s an undeniable romance and import to painting, which is why I take a friend’s advice and contact Willy Bo Richardson, a rising star in contemporary art. “Come over to the studio and we can talk,” he replies when I e-mail him. Unlike New York, in Santa Fe there is a generosity of space and time.

Richardson, 38, lives in an adobe with his wife, Kim, and five-year-old-daughter, Audrey, and he paints in a bright, cramped attached garage that he’s converted to a studio. Though he’s shown in galleries from New York to London and sells paintings for more than most people spend on a car, Richardson is boyish, friendly, demure. His biography is startlingly similar to Emily henry’s: his parents moved to New Mexico in the ’60s and raised him on a commune; he moved to the East Coast to make his name (New York in this case), but returned to Santa Fe because he simply couldn’t stay away.

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Jun 092011
Jason McCoy Gallery, 70 years of abstract painting

Three Muses, 2011, Oil on Linen

Full article here: CatyKrocker: Willy Bo Richardson features work in upcoming “70 Years of Abstract Painting,” NYC

Consider this statement: the painter is inextricably bound to paint. Although seemingly unarresting, this statement signifies the importance of medium. Imagine the possibilities of paint—the medium’s peculiarities and idiosyncrasies. Paint is mercurial. Color becomes paramount, along with application. In accordance with the range of human experience, paint expresses every possibility. Fittingly, painters who understood paint as expression of something nonrepresentational were dubbed abstract expressionists, including historical icons such as: Hans Hofmann and Josef Albers.

Contemporary artists, like Willy Bo Richardson examine and enrich the abex conversation. Consequently, Richardson’s painting Three Muses will be featured alongside several artists, including Hofmann and Albers, for “70 Years of Abstract Painting – Excerpt” at Jason McCoy Gallery in New York. The exhibition provides a platform for the examination of abstract painting throughout several decades.

In order to better understand Richardson’s process, I have asked the artist a few questions about his upcoming exhibition and work.

May 082011

Several of my paintings are included in the new book Contemporary Art of the Southwest, by Ashley E. Rooney. Foreword written by Julie Sasse, Chief Curator and Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Tucson Museum of Art. The book’s intent is to take a fresh look at the magical and insightful ways artists have interpreted life in the Southwest.

Willy Richardson Contemporary Art Southwest Book

Book Signing
May 17, 2014 1:30 – 3:30 PM

2601 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87505

Twenty three artists will be present. Join me at Artisan in celebrating the publication, and meet the artists!

Artists attending:

Jim Alford, Andrea Cermanski, Susan Contreras, Carlos Carulo, Upton Greyshoes Ethelbah, Jeanie Gooden, Geoffrey Gorman, Natasha Isenhour , Michael Kessler, Michael Kessler , Ellen Koment, Max Lehman, Arthur Lopez, Carole LaRoche, Margi Lucena, Mario Quilles, Nancy Reyner, Willy Bo Richardson, David Rudolph, Paul Shapiro, Jack Slentz, Carl Winters, Stephen Wood

Apr 292011

Santa Fe University of Art and Design

(press release from Santa Fe University of Art and Design)

Santa Fe University Professor to Exhibit in New York Gallery

Willy Bo Richardson’s work to appear, along with paintings by Hans Hofmann and Jackson Pollock, at Jason McCoy Gallery


Media Contact:
Maria Alexandra Velez

S anta Fe, N.M.—April 5, 2011—The work of Willy Bo Richardson, professor of painting at Santa Fe University of Art and Design, will be on display at the Jason McCoy Gallery in New York from April 6 to May 20, 2011. The exhibition, “70 Years of Abstract Painting—Excerpts,” presents art by renowned Modernist and contemporary painters, including Josef Albers, Gene Davis, Al Held, Hans Hofmann and Jackson Pollock. Richardson’s colorist oil painting Three Muses—composed of vertical washes of orange, blue and pink hues—will be featured in the show.

“Although he’s a young artist, Willy’s commitment to his current inquiry is clear and consistent,” said Linda Swanson, chair of the university’s Art Department. “We see this in his multi-year exploration of color relationships.”

The exhibit represents a breakthrough in Richardson’s career as a working artist. “His work will be hanging next to that of the historically significant artists who inspire him,” said Swanson. “Willy’s recently completed composition will be viewed in the context of their influences, while allowing for older works to appear in a new light.”

Richardson joined the university’s Art Department in 2010. He lived and worked in New York City for a decade, where he immersed himself in the international art scene. He has held various positions at various universities, including The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. His work has been exhibited in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, Hamburg and Melbourne. In 2007, he returned to his hometown of Santa Fe, where his paintings have been shown in the Center for Contemporary Arts; William Siegal Gallery; and, most recently, LaunchProjects.

Richardson holds an MFA in Painting from Pratt Institute in New York and a BA in Fine Arts from University of Texas at Austin.

For more information on the exhibition, visit www.jasonmccoyinc.com/seventy_years.html.

About Santa Fe University of Art and Design
Santa Fe University of Art and Design, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, provides students with a unique interdisciplinary curriculum that combines practical experience with core theory to prepare graduates to become well-rounded, creative problem-solving professionals. The curriculum is designed to inspire creativity, passion and outstanding performance in contemporary music, creative writing, performing arts, art, graphic design, moving image arts (filmmaking and video production), photography, business and education. Its location, in one of the world’s leading centers for art and design, provides a perfect setting for learning in a city where creativity and innovation are central to the community. For more information, visit santafeuniversity.edu.

Santa Fe University of Art and Design (formerly the College of Santa Fe) is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association, www.ncahlc.org.

Jul 162010
Clear Light #5 Willy Bo Richardson

Clear Light #5

Article from New Mexico based magazine Vibrant Climate.  Slice of time when I was studying at the University of Texas at Austin, and had just returned to the US from living in India.  I dove full force into the creative process in the idealistic way only a 19 year old can.

Click the link below to read Katy Crocker’s article:

Vibrant Climate: Painting, Doritos, and Color Theory