Dana Richardson Biography
Dana Richardson (b. 1985, California) earned a BFA from School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Video and Painting. Richardson’s paintings depict many of the conflicting psychological aspects of being a woman in modern society. Her painting style draws on Surrealism’s dream-like extensions and builds on Expressionism’s revelations of interior emotional states. She embraces a wide range of cross-cultural symbols to address existential human issues. Dana expresses the ideas of empowerment of the body, sexuality, and human relationships through striking and highly accessible portraits. Her collection of female portrait paintings are not only well-crafted through her loose painting technique and well-conceived palette, but they thrive and resonate through her conceptual development of women as a subject. Her paintings tell a dense story with political, social, and cultural relevance that voice her advocacy for the women’s movement. Dana currently lives in Santa Cruz, CA. Richardson’s contemporary art has been exhibited in galleries and museums including Whitney Modern Gallery, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, The Monterey Museum of Art, Coos Art Museum, Museum of Northern California Arts, and Museum of Arts and Design NYC. Richardson is an environmentally conscious contemporary painter. Born and raised on the coast of California, her vibrant colors and unique style demonstrates her personal connection to the local ecology and environmental preservation. A vital aspect of her ethics is to source sustainable, non-toxic, earth pigments from California and France. Her studio practice involves hand mulling earth pigments, organic walnut oil, and citrus solvents. She paints on high quality, locally made, organic cotton, hemp, and linen canvas. Richardson’s ethically made oil paintings resonate a rich color palette.
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