Robert Richardson

Multi-Discipline, United Kingdom
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Art is art. Everything else is everything else. — Ad Reinhardt

I studied Communication Design at the faculty of art and design of a London polytechnic, followed by Education at a teacher training college and a university. For many years I was a university lecturer, and now work independently as a visual artist and writer.

I produce artworks in various media, having solo exhibitions in Germany and Portugal, as well as the UK.

Since 2014, I have been using digital technology to produce a portfolio of abstract artworks. Some of these artworks are now available as limited edition prints.

The 'Large Prints' were created in vector software at an Apple desktop computer. Stylistically, they are Constructivist and Minimalist, and occasionally Conceptual. They are all in two large formats, each in a small edition, and consequently for sale at higher prices.

In addition, I have produced artworks using apps on a phone or tablet. Drawing and painting is achieved with a stylus and sometimes a finger. It is a more freewheeling approach, and while Constructivism and Minimalism continue, the influence of Abstract Expressionism and Psychedelia can also be seen in some of this work. These 'Small Prints' are in longer editions at lower prices.

I am also exhibiting here the three artworks I produced during the first UK lockdown, four images from my ongoing series of self portraits, and a gallery of some recent work.

Collections

Large Prints

Small Prints

Lockdown Artworks: Exercising My Walk

Self Portraits

A Selection of Recent Artworks: from 2020/21

All Artwork

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Accomplishments

Solo Exhibitions

2018

Exhibition of photographs, Luz Brilhante: Fotografias Do Algarve E Da Inglaterra (Bright Light: Photographs from Algarve and England), Museu Municipal, Faro, Portugal

2014

TextSpaces, concrete poems and constructive art, Kunsthaus Rehau, Germany

2014

Romeinaround: photographs from today's Rome, Museum of Classical Archaeology, Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge

2013

A Selection from Bright Side Up, DepARTures gallery, East Midlands Airport, Derby

2012

Bright Side Up, colour photographs, Cumberland Lodge, The Great Park, Windsor

2011

Bright Side Up and French Windows, University Centre, Milton Keynes (UCMK)

2010

French Windows, colour photographs, De Montfort University, Leicester

2007

French Windows, colour photographs, De Montfort Hall, Leicester (The City Gallery, Leicester: offsite programme)

2005

Bright Side Up, colour photographs, De Montfort University, Leicester

2004

Bright Side Up, colour photographs, Evington Park Visitor Centre, Leicester (The City Gallery, Leicester: offsite programme)

2003

People Picking, colour photographs, Broadway Cinema, Nottingham

2003

An Abstract For All Libraries and Three Pieces Under Glass, installations, Barbican Library, Barbican Centre, London

2001

The Low Life Series: colour photographs , East Midlands Arts, Loughborough

1999

SOLOrepartee, installations, graphics, photographs, Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery

1998

Live Art Event and Installation, Letters Of Invitation, and solo show, Textology, The Poetry Café, Covent Garden, London— featured in The ArtClub broadcast by CNN International (13 showings worldwide)

1998

Inside Broadcasts (television and video installations), The Arbor Darkrooms and Gallery, Derby

1997

An Abstract For All Libraries, installation, North West Arts Board, Liverpool (part of Visionfest 6: Sense)

1996

Censorship Communications, installation, The Liver Building, Liverpool (part of Visionfest: Art, Lies and Documentation)

1996

Textology, The Mary Ward Centre, London

Group Exhibitions

2020

Self Portraits in the online exhibition London Biennale 2020: Masks, Mirages, and the Morphic Mirror

2020

Selected for an artist’s booth at CADAF online (Contemporary and Digital Art Fair), plus represented in the booth of .Art (Art Domains)

2016

As part of The Lo-Vie Connection with Elisabeth Rass, The Lost World, selected by jury for presentation at the Media Art Fair, Contemporary Art Ruhr, Essen, Germany

2016

Represented in Gastspiel, a Biennale Austria exhibition at Galerie am Färberbach, Steinbach an der Steyr, Austria

2015

Represented in The International Exhibition, Douanehuisje, Maassluis, the Netherlands

2015

Represented in Wish You Were Here? artists’ postcards, MAC, Birmingham and Hestercombe House, Somerset (Art Circuit touring exhibition)

2014

Represented in Wish You Were Here? artists’ postcards, The Atkinson, Southport (Art Circuit touring exhibition)

2014

Represented in The Postcard is a Public Work of Art, X Marks the Bökship, London

2012

Represented in The Artists’ Postcard Show, Spike Island, Bristol

2011

Represented in Concept as Concrete Form: Visual Poetry, Texts and Typography, School of Arts, Design and Technology, University of Derby

2006

Represented in Snapping Little Britain, Orleans House Gallery, Twickenham, London

2005

Represented in The Art of Words, Fairfields Arts Centre, Basingstoke

2005

Represented in HypeGallery, the internet gallery of Les Rencontres d’Arles festival, France

2004

Two Person Show, Back To Back (Bright Side Up, colour photographs), De Montfort Hall, Leicester (The City Gallery, Leicester: offsite programme)

2002

Represented in Bathos, Space Station Sixty-Five, East Dulwich, London

1999

Represented in Directory, Q Gallery, Derby

1998

Video Installation, rollingroundthegallery, exhibited at Rethinking The Avant Garde, Phoenix Arts, Leicester

1996

Represented in Conflict, The Coventry Gallery, London

1992

Represented in The Beauty In Breathing, The Convention Center, Miami Beach

1990

Represented in Word As Image, Monash University Gallery, Melbourne

1989

Represented in Word As Image, The Australian National Gallery, Canberra

1988

Represented in Air Mail, Air Gallery, London & Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield

Publications

2018

Included in Leeds Postcards (by Christine Hankinson and Craig Oldham, Four Corners Books, London)

2014

Included in The Postcard is a Public Work of Art (X Marks the Bökship, London)

2012

Included in Artists' Postcards: A Compendium (by Jeremy Cooper, Reaktion Books, London)

1995

Included in War Culture: Social Change and Changing Experience in World War Two (edited by Pat Kirkham and David Thoms, Lawrence and Wishart, London)

1992

Homage to Imagism (edited by William Pratt and Robert Richardson, AMS Press, New York

1986

Work reproduced and discussed in The Origin of Writing (by Roy Harris, Professor of General Linguistics at the University of Oxford, Duckworth, London

1980

During the 1980s: Four designs published by Leeds Postcards

Permanent Collections

Concrete Poetry/Text Based Art: The Australian National Gallery; British Museum; The Sackner Archive of Visual and Concrete Poetry, University of Iowa; Kunsthaus Rehau, Germany; National Poetry Library, London; Chelsea College of Arts library, London; University College London library

Photography: De Montfort University, Leicester; Cumberland Lodge, Windsor