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Jean Richardson  







Jean Richardson is a native of Oklahoma with a long lineage of western ancestors. Her grandparents were ranchers and many old family stories of pioneering on the Great Plains are part of her legacy. She began twenty years ago to paint haunting canvases of mounted figures silhouetted against a horizon the mode of the western photographer, Edward Curtis. Also influenced by the grand landscapes of the American luminists, her reinterpretation of vast skies and limitless prairies has taken the content of her heritage and juxtaposed that with the look of abstract expressionism. Her paintings particularly deal with the heroic image of the horse, which she views as a symbol of the human spirit, and which she uses as the vehicle for motion and energy which underlie all of her paintings.

Richardson always paints in series and has evolved over many years to the dynamic paintings of recent exhibitions. Using a palette of jewel tones and deep earthen hues, she slashes texture across the color and lets the image emerge from a painterly background. Almost hidden in an explosion of brush strokes and color, the horses of Richardson's imagination plunge and leap across the canvas. Many collectors relate to her paintings which combine her mastery of color and form with a subject that is apparent and illusive. Richardson maintains that there is a special empathy that transpires when the viewer experiences the movement of the image along with the movement of the brush.

The artist, though ranging widely in pallette and style, has shown a continuing involvement in abstraction and a consistent "painterly" interest in surface and in design. The paintings are always in acrylics and are usually large. There is often the suggestion of subject matter in the work, although it is not of primary importance. The work might be described as "contemporary abstraction with suggestions of figurative symbolism."


Misty Riders
Lithograph - Edition 150
25" x 33"





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