Robin Richardson is a painter and digital artist who has lived in San Francisco for most of her life. She received a B.A. in Painting and Sculpture from San Francisco State University and an M.F.A from U.C. Berkeley, studying with David Simpson, Elmer Bischoff, Joan Brown, Peter Voulkas and many others.
Richardson’s work investigates the place where the organic and the mechanical intersect. She is interested in the underlying structure of matter, where the natural world breaks down into the intrinsic geometry that is the core of everything. She is attracted to the dialogue between order and chaos and the ensuing ambiguity that develops as order descends into chaos.
Her process involves starting with watercolor and/or acrylic paint, loosely applied to paper, that is then scanned on a high resolution scanner and imported into the computer for manipulation. During this manipulation, graphic elements are composited into the scanned paint to create a combination of natural and digital elements. In some instances, the original painting is put through the printer for a unique print. In most cases, the final output is through an archival pigment printer onto heavy, rag paper. Additional drawn elements or layers of paint are sometimes added to these prints.
She took a detour into Graphic Design and worked for many years as a Motion Graphic artist, refining her skills in Design, 3D Modeling and Animation, creating award winning TV commercials and Broadcast TV show packages and winning a Northern California Emmy for Art Direction. As a result, her current work is a culmination of her background in Fine Art and her skills in the digital realm.
Richardson was represented by Takada Gallery in the 90s and early 2000s where she had a solo show and was in several group shows. In addition she had a solo show at Southern Exposure Gallery, was in two person and group shows at the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, the Berkeley Art Center, the Walnut Creek Civic Arts Gallery, A.R.E Gallery, "M.F.A. Exhibit" University Art Museum U.C. Berkeley, Shasta College Gallery, the SFMOMA Rental Gallery, Xerox Parc and Worth Ryder Gallery at U.C. Berkeley.
Most recently she was in the De Young Museum open, a juried exhibition of local artists.