braveART Takes On! | BOB RICHARDSON / by Tasha Ostrander & Ben Lincoln

Bob Richardson in his studio | Santa Fe | Photo by Tasha Ostrander©2017

Bob Richardson in his studio | Santa Fe | Photo by Tasha Ostrander©2017

braveART is pleased to represent the work of Bob Richardson

Bob Richardson, an American figurative artist, born 1946, raised in New Jersey, found home in Santa Fe New Mexico where he’s lived since the late sixties. . 

Richardson is a self taught artist. He acknowledges that school was a place he ran from. His formal art education includes the Art Student’s League during high school, several studio classes at Bard College and much later classes with local Santa Fe artists. Those opportunities provided Richardson a window to what could be possible. 

Initially an abstract painter, the more time spent at the easel, the more commonality he felt with figurative artists. Slowly transitioning, leaving an element of abstraction in his work, his paintings reflect his insights into people and his ability to place those visions on to canvas. “When I paint", he has said, "I work to capture an unrehearsed moment of someone’s life … a snap shot in time frozen with no context”.

Richardson emerges back in to the public eye having honed four decades with his work. He paints his subjects with rawness and authenticity - stripped, intentionally, of any pretense or feigned beauty. However, that is not to say the he conceptually rejects beauty. For Richardson, beauty emerges within his subjects who submit themselves to the canvas...awkward and bare. What seems rejected are the notions of class, righteousness, or privilege. Richardson is an every-man visual artist who demystifies the every-man's (woman's, human's) claim to an entitled lineage.

Like the literary artist more than a generation before Richardson, in an introductory essay, author Adam Zagajewski observed of Rainier Maria Rilke, "a diffident, homeless poet born on the periphery of the Habsburg Empire, an artist who had to invent his own pedigree...a lover of solitude, someone who, especially in his later years, didn't care much for publishing and remained until the end of...his life famous among only a small group of connoisseurs". The Poetry of Rilke, author Edward Snow, Introduction by Adam Zagajewski, North Point Press © 2009

Gosh...I'm beautiful 2017, Oil on canvas, 54 x 54 in.

Gosh...I'm beautiful 2017, Oil on canvas, 54 x 54 in.

Cousin Pete 2017, Oil on canvas, 42 x 32 in.

Cousin Pete 2017, Oil on canvas, 42 x 32 in.

Woman on Red Chair 2016, Oil on canvas, 50 x 42 in.

Woman on Red Chair 2016, Oil on canvas, 50 x 42 in.