Willy Bo Richardson

Santa Fe, NM

"A humming field that suspends the sensation of time."
Willy Bo Richardson received an MFA in painting from Pratt Institute in 2000. He was a painting tech at Cooper Union and a faculty member at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design. His paintings have been exhibited internationally. In 2011, his work was included in “70 Years of Abstract Painting—Excerpts” at Jason McCoy Gallery in New York City. The show assembled works by a selection of modern and contemporary painters, including Josef Albers, Hans Hofmann, and Jackson Pollock. In 2012, Richardson showed work in the exhibition “Watercolors” at the Phillips de Pury headquarters in Chelsea, New York City. His paintings were also featured on the KNME-TV PBS weekly arts series, ¡COLORES!. Most recently, Richardson was a guest artist at the Tamarind Institute at the University of New Mexico.

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How do your pieces come to life? Tell us one interesting thing about your creative process?

"Tethered to the ground, anchored by gravity, my aspirations to create lasting, meaningful, primal art take root. Diligence, patience, and a willingness to grow and mature are the values that guide me. I recognize that pursuing a meaningful commitment is a rare and precious opportunity, since our culture seems always to be conspiring to change out the old for the new."
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What do you want people to do or feel when they encounter your creations?

"Bright colors entice and enchant, but a peaceful quietude is what remains. My paintings influence space and radiate to extend themselves into peoples vision, conversations, and lifestyles.

‘I attempt to undo the extra noise. I aspire to make ‘unpaintings’”. When 80% of sensory input is sight, my work is a perfect fit for contemporary work environments, and biophilic architectural principles that wish to serve as a release to outside stresses, and find harmony and balance."
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What funny moments, unexpected surprises, or obstacles have you encountered?

"My daughter once asked me if I could paint anything other than "stripes"... and she has a good point. Brilliant minds I respect in the art world have asked me the same question. (They are not stripes by the way)"
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