I was coming down the mountain on a day when it snowed after a few weeks of what looked like summer was on its way. A branch sprung up from the release of the heavy snow, and that moment caught me. It would be the inspiration for a new painting series.
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”.
PLAZA TOWERS designed and built by Moen Group is on the pedestrian plaza. It’s a mix of vibrant commercial uses and upscale housing in the heart of Iowa City. Levels one through six include a luxury hotel, convention center, restaurant, fresh food market and deli, center for holistic healing.
(Original article appeared in July 2011 edition Adobe Airstream: Art Santa Fe, and the Market from an Artist’s Perspective)
Written by Willy Bo Richardson // July 18, 2011 //
Art Santa Fe, and the Market from an Artist’s Perspective
The last night of Art Santa Fe, I asked critic and historian Peter Frank about his experience here. He said (I’m paraphrasing) that he was disappointed to find that Santa Fe is more of a market than a community. He left New York a few decades ago for that very reason.
This painting was completed 3 years, 3 months, 3 weeks, 3 days after Audrey’s birth. 333 also happens to be my dad’s address. He was having back surgery at the time of completion (very successful procedure- all went well- my dad is once again my ski partner).
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:
When you finish a painting like this, you walk over to the kitchen and take out a salami, course ground mustard, pickles and pour a beer into a tall glass – and congratulate yourself. Yeah!
Alumni Art Show Opening Reception
On Friday, January 10th, Art Department Chair Paula Castillo, will present a special show in honor of Santa Fe Prep’s prodigious 50th year. The opening reception will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Santa Fe Prep Library.
This show will feature work by Santa Fe Prep alumni whose lives are devoted to art making and is a unique opportunity for the Santa Fe community to reflect on the impact of Santa Fe Prep on the local, national and international art scene. Artists include Nicola López ’93, Ted Larsen ’82, Peter Sarkisian ’84, Gandalf Gavan ’93, Will Clift ’97, Willy Bo Richardson ’92, Jesse Wood ’90, Carl Smith ’90 and Eliot Fisher ’01. Click here for a brief bio on these artists.
This event is open to the Santa Fe community, so please spread the word and we look forward to seeing you on the 10th!
Above: Nicola López, Infrastructure +3, 2012, Lithograph, 44 x 29 ¾ inches
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