Kelly Richardson

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Exiles of the Shattered Star, 2006

Kelly Richardson (born August 2, 1972 in Burlington, Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian artist who is one of the leading representatives of a new generation of artists working with digital technologies to create hyper-real, highly charged landscapes, alongside figures such as John Gerrard and Saskia Olde Wolbers. [1]

Early life and education[edit]

Richardson was born in Burlington, Ontario and at the age of 6 was relocated to Guelph, Ontario where she grew up, later attending high school at the Guelph Collegiate Vocational Institute. From 1994–1997, she studied at the Ontario College of Art & Design in Toronto, Canada where she continued to reside practicing and exhibiting both nationally and internationally at various venues including Hallwalls, Mercer Union, Art Gallery of Ontario and Centre Georges Pompidou. In 2002, she relocated to Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada for her Master of Fine Arts in Media Studies at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University. In 2003, she moved to the United Kingdom taking up residence in the northeast where she also completed her masters at Newcastle University.


Kelly Richardson is one of the leading representatives of a new generation of artists working with digital technologies to create hyper-real and highly charged landscapes.[2] Her practice centres around video and photography which often employs a high standard of special effect, mixing real footage with digitally constructed elements. Her work "adopts the use of cinematic language to investigate notions of constructed environments and the blurring of the real versus the unreal. She creates contemplative spaces which offer visual metaphors for the sensations associated with the hugely complicated world we have created for ourselves, magnificent and equally dreadful."[3] As David Jager noted in Canadian Art magazine,[4]

Richardson deploys a formidable range of techniques and a broad palette of approaches in her creation of a new aesthetic, one that elicits a euphoric suspension of disbelief, allowing viewers to delve into the increasingly ambiguous and complex juncture between the real and the represented. She has transformed video, once a self-consciously minimal, anti-cinematic, bare-bones practice, into something much richer, and much stranger.

Richardson has been widely acclaimed in North America, Asia and Europe. Her work was selected for the Gwangju Biennale, Busan Biennale, and major moving image exhibitions including the The Cinema Effect: Illusion, Reality and the Moving Image at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington, USA) and Caixaforum (Barcelona, Spain), Videosphere: A New Generation at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo, USA) and Visions Fugitives at Le Fresnoy (Tourcoing, France). Her video installations have been included in the Toronto International Film Festival as part of Future Projections (2012), Sundance Film Festival in New Frontier (2011 and 2009) and in 2009, she was honoured as the featured artist at the Americans for the Arts National Arts Awards. Richardson's work has been acquired by major museums across the USA and Canada, from the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and Albright-Knox Art Gallery to the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal and Art Gallery of Ontario.[5]

In 2012, a 15 year retrospective exhibition of her work entitled 'Legion' was organised by and premiered at the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art in England. The retrospective then toured to the Grundy Art Gallery (UK), Towner (UK) and Albright-Knox Art Gallery (USA).[6]


Selected exhibitions[edit]

Public collections[edit]

Video installations[edit]

  • 2013-2014, Orion Tide (dual-channel high definition video, 20 minute seamless loop, 32' x 9')
  • 2013-2014, The Last Frontier (single channel video installation, 20 minute seamless loop, 16:9)
  • 2012, Mariner 9 (triple-channel high definition video, 20 minute seamless loop, 43' x 9')
  • 2007-2012, The Great Destroyer (multi-channel high definition video, 15 minute loop)
  • 2011, Leviathan (single/triple-channel high definition video, 20 minute loop, 16:9)
  • 2010, The Erudition (single/triple-channel high definition video, 20 minute loop, 16:9)
  • 2008, Twilight Avenger (single-channel high definition video, 5 minute 40 second loop, 16:9)
  • 2007, Wagons Roll (originally produced in 2003 and remade in 2007, single-channel video, 24 minute loop, 16:9)
  • 2007, Forest Park (dual-channel high definition video, 18 minute loop, 16:9)
  • 2006, Exiles of the Shattered Star (single-channel high definition video, 30 minute loop, 16:9)
  • 2005, Ferman Drive (single-channel video, 1 minute 20 second loop, 4:3)
  • 2004, The Sequel (single-channel video, 1 minute loop, 4:3)
  • 2001, A car stopped at a stopsign, in the middle of nowhere, in front of a landscape (single-channel video, 30 minute loop, 4:3)
  • 2001, There's a lot There (single-channel video, 2 minute loop, 4:3)
  • 2001, Camp (single-channel video, 2 minute loop, 4:3)
  • 1998, Glow (single-channel video, loop, 4:3)

External links[edit]

Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ *Northern Gallery of Contemporary Art
  2. ^ *Northern Gallery of Contemporary Art
  3. ^ *Pace Digital Gallery
  4. ^ *Jager, David. "Kelly Richardson: The Radiant Real". Canadian Art Magazine. Retrieved 2009-11-12. 
  5. ^ *Northern Gallery of Contemporary Art
  6. ^ *Northern Gallery of Contemporary Art