CountyPrince George's County
MSAC Individual Artist Award (IAA)2016
Artist StatementI have been making abstract paintings for nearly forty years. For most of that time I have been interested in geometry and repetition structures, but not for formal clarity or purity. I prefer a dirty, hand-painted geometry that conjures up perceptual consciousness the way music does. For me, abstract painting has always been a fertile territory in which to explore my interests in math, physics, pattern, tiling, fractals, cellular automata, diagrams, maps, puzzles, games, unseen forces and fields, perception and consciousness, and above all, music. My paintings are not, however, illustrations or demonstrations of mathematical or scientific information. What I am most interested in is the movement from measured, mechanical beginnings to the unpredictable configurations and shifting connections that emerge from the painting process. Although I begin with skeletal plans and procedural rules, it is the layering of paint and color that carries each work to a complexity that is discovered rather than designed.
W.C. Richardson received his MFA in Painting from Washington University at St. Louis and his BFA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is currently Professor of Painting and Drawing, and Chair of the Department of Art at the University of Maryland, College Park. Richardson has had twenty-one solo exhibitions and over 100 group exhibitions in galleries and museums across the U.S. and abroad. His work is held in many public, corporate and private collections and he has received numerous grants and awards for his painting. He has been a visiting artist, critic, juror, and panelist at institutions across the U.S. He has curated or co-curated a number of exhibitions and created commissioned artworks for the Ronald Reagan National Airport and Reston Town Center in Virginia. He is represented in Washington, DC by Addison Ripley Fine Arts.