Feb 232016

Artist statement posted in:


My 8 year old daughter asked me if I can paint anything other than stripes… and she has a good point. Brilliant minds that I respect in the art world have asked me the same thing.  Yesterday, over breakfast, my family had a sketchbook out on the table and I drew a bagel. I exclaimed, “There! See, I can draw something!” We had a good laugh about it, but this pressing issue will not go away, and as the years go on, I continue to receive pressure from my friends and colleagues.

richardson painting installation

Bolinas CA

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Sep 302014

This year I was honored to be one of the eight SITE Santa Fe SPREAD finalists!

SITE Santa Fe

SPREAD is a community dinner that funds artists’ projects and creative initiatives. SPREAD seeks to provide micro-grants for innovative projects and artworks conceived by New Mexico-based artists.

SITE spread

Transcript from my speech (you’ll just have to imagine the slide show):

My first recorded work of art was an arc of family shoes. This was made when I was still crawling. I’ve always been attracted to beauty, simplicity and symmetry. These are the same principles we use to explore the world around us, and to build fantastic things- like particle accelerators. This is a process of discovery. The scientific method. In my painting practice I found an efficient way to work with these principles. I am looking for order without ignoring complexities.

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Mar 132014

Music to drive to, willy richardson Music To Drive to, Willy Bo Richardson

Music to Drive To was designed to showcase a recent body of work and also as a companion piece to the exhibition at the Parralux Art Fair in London. The catalog is 48 pages, including 29 color images, designed by Rowan Ogden. This project was completed with the oversight of Arts Writer and Editor Katy Crocker; photography by my wife Kim Richardson and support from Felice Tebbe; Essays by Stephanie Buhmann and Katy Crocker.

The catalog was funded by contributions of more than 50 people through Kickstarter, an online threshold pledge system.  Creative projects range from indie film and music to journalism and solar energy technology.

You can view the original Kickstarter campaign by clicking below:

Oct 112012

Phillips de Pury & Company: Watercolors
1 -19 October 2012
Monday – Saturday, 10AM- 6PM
450 West 15th Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10011

Photo Album from opening reception
All Photos courtesy of Diamond Shot Studio unless otherwise noted:

To learn more about the process for this series of watercolors, read the Gallery Intell article: galleryIntell Willy Bo Richardson – Watercolors – Phillips de Pury

Phillips de Pury & Company:Watercolors, is an exhibition featuring a diverse group of contemporary works by artists who have moved beyond using watercolor as an auxiliary mode of expression to embracing it as their primary medium. The exhibition showcases over 80 abstract and figurative works that challenge the romantic ideologies associated with historical watercolor. Continue reading »

Mar 122012

Essay I wrote “The Artistic Thinking Process” for Think Jar Collective was featured on The Creativity Post

The Creativity Post is a non-profit web platform committed to sharing the very best content on creativity, in all of its forms: from scientific discovery to philosophical debate, from entrepreneurial ventures to educational reform, from artistic expression to technological innovation.

Original Article Here: The Artistic Thinking Process

Willy Bo Richardson, Three Muses 4, oil on wood, artistic thinking process

Mar 10, 2012

Santa Fe based artist and teacher Willy Bo Richardson shares his perspective on the creative process

A few weeks ago I was at Trader Joes when I overheard a conversation between two disgruntled adults. One of them commented that she wished she hadn’t wasted her education on art school.  I was in that teetering place of jumping into the conversation with strangers, but decided instead it would be good material for a Think Jar essay.

I would easily agree that most people who get a BA in art are not narrowing in on a career path. The art student is not learning what to think, but how to think, and learning who they are.  I consider these profoundly important skills that will be applied in one’s career choices and in all choices life throws at us. Continue reading »

Feb 022012

Lama Shang (1122-93) was a famous Tibetan warrior yogi. Legend has it he became enlightened on the battlefield. Whether this is true or not, one thing we can say with certainty is that his teachings are sharp and powerfully simple. He does not put words together to impress, but shoots arrows straight to the heart of Mahamudra, teachings on mind itself.

In this day and age people are constantly being asked to make better, achieve more, add to. I am all for innovation, but we often make our world unnecessarily complex. I humbly attempt to undo the extra noise… not necessarily for the world, but at least for myself and for those who have a connection to my work. My art is the breath of fresh air one takes between taking in all the stimulation and excitement our interesting world has to offer. I aspire to make “un-paintings”.

white panacea painting willy bo richardson

White Panacea, 2015, 53 x 114 in (diptych), oil on canvas

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