Apr 022018
 

new mexico magazine

On the Line

His paintings had damaged his health just when his business needed to grow. Could Willy Bo Richardson preserve his artistic vision and his career?

April 2018
by Patti LaSalle-Hopkins

WILLY BO RICHARDSON remembers the day his daughter asked, with an eight-year-old’s irrepressible candor, if he could paint anything other than stripes. “It was breakfast, and we had a sketchbook on the table, so I immediately started to draw things. ‘There, see?’” he told her, pointing to his rendering of a bagel. “‘I can draw.’”

“We had a good laugh,” he says, “but it’s good once in a while to question motivations and methods.” He’s quick to point out, however, “They’re not stripes!”

Richardson’s vertical strokes of bold, vibrant colors are a study in the twin forces of gravity and his own creativity. His colors, in both watercolor and oil paints, vibrate against one another, pulling viewers into a rainbow of movement. Brushstrokes are large and loose, or narrow and tight. Colors edge playfully over one another. A dense, bright red breaks up a field of calming blues. Each painting can stimulate or soothe, and sometimes both. “Vertical strokes are not a random choice,” he says. “Gravity makes all objects fall to the center of the earth, and that shapes my work.”

In 2016, however, illness nearly ended that work. His star was on the rise among collectors and galleries. And he was hoping to develop a business partnership to expand his art beyond paintings into large-scale wall coverings and architectural features. But the art itself was threatening his health. On the brink of a new career arc, the artist took a U-turn to recover and find a path forward. Continue reading »

Nov 052017
 

danae falliersAnn Landi, October 23rd, 2017

Danae Falliers and Willy Bo Richardson have a two-person show of recent works at Surroundings, the landscape-design firm that took over James Kelly’s excellent and hugely missed gallery in the Railyard District. The two artists offer a fine complement to each other’s lushly minimalist visions (no, that’s not an oxymoron—as you can see below). Falliers’ composite-based photography turns landscape, libraries, fabrics, and streets into rhythmic grids and dazzling sweeps of color. Richardson makes opulent, vertically striped paintings that he describes as “philosophy in motion.”  In his artist’s statement, he says “I began with proportion and painted vertical lines as a measuring device. This evolved into my current practice. I did not know this would become a multi-decade body of work. I simply fell in love with something, and as it unfolded it touched me on more profound levels.”  This small but vibrant show is well worth a visit during an indefinite run.

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Danae Falliers, Wildflower 40, 2015, 30 x 40 inches, photograph

 

Sky Bridge 2 (diptych), 2017, 53 x 114 inches, oil on canvas

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Nov 012017
 

Professional Artist Magazine interview for a piece titled “Strategic Planning in Action: Notes from the Field”. The issue can be found in bookstores and online here: December 2017 Issue

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A good strategic plan answers three key questions: What do you do? Who do you do it for? And what do you need to do it well? ~ Elaine Grogan Luttrull

“Richardson knew he needed a partner with expertise within the architectural and design world who had a solid understanding of technology. But there was more. Richardson took his “high studio standards” to a new level last year when he became sensitized to solvents. He wasn’t able to be around anything toxic, so his studio practices and environment became toxin-free. That meant he needed to find a partner who adhered to the same standards… And he did.”

Jul 172016
 

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“Galleries are scrambling toward nationally relevant contemporary art,” says Willy Bo Richardson, a Santa Fe-born painter whose internationally acclaimed canvases of fluid vertical strokes hang at Canyon Road’s Turner Carroll Gallery. “The quaint notion of going to Santa Fe to buy howling coyote art is thankfully disappearing.”

Luxury and Lifestyle Magazine VIRTUOSO LIFE July/August 2016 – Santa Fe Travel

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Oct 072015
 

Artsy Three Distinct Artists United by Bold, Enthusiastic Styles

Turner Carroll Gallery welcomes into their space this month three new artists, with styles ranging from minimalist to maximalist and abstract to representational. Willy Bo Richardson, Fausto Fernandez, and Jamie Brunson share a certain spirited sensibility, but their methods of representation vary so dramatically that any one-line comparison between their practices wouldn’t suffice.

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Aug 212015
 

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Original Article: Painters Point the Way at Richard Levy Gallery
By Margaret Wright  August-September 2014 Edition

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“That’s Where You Need to Be,” Richard Levy Gallery

Painting, inextricable from human and social evolution, continues as a ready target for provocateurs lobbing the contention that the medium’s expressive force of action has finally achieved irrelevance to hands-free digital imaging. The conversation generated within “That’s Where You Need to Be,” a curated exhibition at Albuquerque’s Richard Levy Gallery, refutes such critical claims and even co-opts them with a demonstration of how the act of painting remains married to elemental expressive instincts.

Highlighting recent work by William Betts, Xuan Chen, Maria Park and Willy Bo Richardson, the show surveys how each artist employs abstract means to delve into the effects of color, space, and the current course of our evolution (or devolution). The artists’ references and methods are diverse but find frequent overlap. Richardson stretches vertical bands of color so intense across each canvas that they seem to crackle like neon. He has described his act of painting as a sort of meditation, a give-and-take with gravity and the universal laws that determine our experience of the physical world.

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Jan 152015
 

Eric Kroll is kind of fairy godfather to me. He was my mom’s boyfriend in Taos and New York City. He turned her on to photography and modeling… and then he turned her on to my dad.  His photographs of my family wove themselves into my memory and sense of self. His annual holiday photo-cards grace our old family albums.

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Dental Tribune Latin America No. 9, 2015 Vol. 12

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