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Artist Work

Tuning Fork

Artist Information

Prince George's County
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

MSAC Individual Artist Award (IAA)

Artist Statement

My paintings reflect my interests in the philosophical implications of the physical and cognitive sciences, and mathematics. I am fascinated by the relationships between models, systems, organizational structures, and natural forms or processes. The work is not, however, the illustration of scientific or mathematical principles. My intention is more generalized and philosophical, even poetic. I am most interested in how these ideas become metaphorical and allusive as they are embodied in the abstract forms of the paintings. Each of my painting begins with a grid and a ruled, measured drawing. The geometric armatures are developed and defined by a layering of painterly processes where countervailing elements leave their imprints on each other, interpenetrating and interacting with constructive interference. The resulting space is not based on the illusion of three dimensions, but is one that continually shifts and reconfigures. Forms circulate above, on, below, and through the layered surface in which they are grounded. I find the opposition of the physically constructed painting and the optically unstable space to be endlessly fruitful. One of painting’s strengths is the simultaneous presentation of the tactile and the optical. The viewer must resolve these different perceptual experiences, accepting the interchange between the two. Although my paintings begin with plans and generative procedural rules, it is the physical process of painting that carries each work towards an unpredictable complexity that is discovered rather than imposed or designed. 2000

Artist Bio

W.C. Richardson received his MFA in Painting from Washington University at St. Louis in 1977. He received his BFA, with Highest Honors, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1975. He is currently Professor of Painting and Drawing, and Chair of the Department of Art at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is represented by G Fine Art in Washington, DC. Richardson has had eighteen solo exhibitions in galleries and museums in Washington, DC, New York, Baltimore, Richmond, Atlanta, and Chapel Hill, NC. His work is in numerous public, corporate and private collections, including the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, the Ackland Art Center in Chapel Hill, NC, and the U.S. Embassy in Algiers. His work has been included in many group exhibitions in museums and galleries across the nation and abroad. Reviews of his work have been published in Artforum, ArtNews, Art in America, NYArts, The New Art Examiner, Art Papers, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, The Baltimore Sun, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Richmond Post-Dispatch, and numerous other journals and newspapers. He has created commissioned artworks for the Ronald Reagan National Airport and Reston Town Center in Virginia. He has received numerous grants and awards, including six Individual Fellowships from the Maryland State Arts Council, most recently in 2010. He has been nominated twice for the Joan Mitchell Prize and, in 2006, was one of five finalists for the Kreeger Museum Artist’s Award, Washington, DC.