Richard Wilson was in Wichita, Kansas. He earned a BA and a MA from the California State Univ., San Jose. Taught at Shasta College in Redding, CA starting in 1968.
Exhibitions: California Arts Commission, 1969-70; Joslyn Art Museum; Northwest Print makers, 1970; Reed College Art Museum, 1973.
Awards: Downing Museum, 1972; North Alley Art Show, 1973.
Downey Art Museum; San Jose Univ. Art Museum; Cabrillos College; Civic Concourse, San Diego, CA.
Susan Craig, “Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945)”
Who’s Who in American Art. New York: American Federation of Arts, 1936-1976; Art Inventories Cat.
This and over 1,750 other biographies can be found in Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945) compiled by Susan V. Craig, Art & Architecture Librarian at University of Kansas.
Farhat Art Museum.
.An expansive plain of luscious orange intersects a panel of ruddy taupe followed by a parallel plain of dusky brown and ends with a sliver of black. This is one of the landscapes described by painter Richard Wilson in his meticulous explorations of form and color.
Each of his works reflects supremely painterly concerns: the articulation of light via the nuances of color, a pristine application of paint and strong vibrant compositions. Yet, as Wilson explains, the more essential intent is “the creation of an equilibrium between what I see as human nature and landscape nature” based on “influences derived from my surroundings in Northern California and memories of my grandparents’ flower farms in Santa Cruz… and the rhythms of jazz.”
The titles tell all: Little Darby (for Anita O’Day), Sulu (for Jerry Lee Lewis) or Coyanosa. With each study, acrylic on paper in preparation for the eventual acrylic emulsion on canvas, the artist seeks to transform experience, or the memory thereof, into a visual document with a life force all its own.
Richard Wilson is an Art Professor Emeritus at Shasta College. His work is included in numerous private collections and has been featured in solo exhibitions throughout the West Coast.
RICHARD WILSON “My work is informed by a kind of equilibrium between what I see as “human nature” and “landscape nature.” Therefore I use rectilinear/ architectural form combined with light, color and atmospheric effects. These paintings are inspired by me surroundings in Northern California, by strong memories of my grandparents’ flower farm, the climate and color of the Santa Cruz coastline where I grew up, by the evocative qualities of music, particularly the rhythms of jazz, and most recently the reminiscences of childhood trips on Route 66.
The relief paintings were developed to more clearly focus on measure through the visual effects and importance of area, amount, degree, length, depth, width, size and number. I want each panel to be beautiful, not only in relation to it’s place in the linear contour, but also in itself. The painted edges and the change of planes employed in the work renders the viewing all at once impossible, which allows the paintings to unfold in time and space like music in the landscape.
The paintings’ surface qualities needed to be kept at a minimum. Consequently, flattened acrylic paint was carefully and evenly applied to each stretched canvas, and contained by precise boundaries in order to concentrate attention on the effect of color, shape, proportion and cadence. The work certainly represents a reaction to the disembodied digital “world.”