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Willy Bo Richardson

Willy Bo Richardson
"The conventions of 'artness' can thwart or trivialize our experience of art In public spaces. I subtract the trappings so we can be immersed in fine art aesthetics unimpeded by the deliberate aura of frame and pedestal."

Willy Bo Richardson

2018 Executive Fellow

Willy Bo Richardson injects powerful fine art into commercial environments by eliminating the barriers and trappings of conventional displays, as well as the harmful chemicals and waste that often factor into their creation. Willy heightens our experience of our physical surroundings by immersing us in relevant, sustainable art.

Business Objective

Extend reach and impact well beyond galleries and museums by teaming up with commercial designers to create high-quality reproductions of original fine-art paintings on curtains, flooring, large-scale wall coverings, and other architectural elements, as well as on consumer products like silk scarves and umbrellas. Work exclusively with companies that follow the strictest environmental standards.

Year 1 Accomplishments

Willy pitched industry leaders at the pivotal commercial-design conference, Neocon, in Chicago. He has established a formal relationship with a carbon-neutral company that prioritizes sustainability and the use of eco friendly materials. He presented his work to Miami architects and interior designers, and was featured in Professional Arts Magazine.

Year 2 Plans

Willy is exploring additional partnerships and researching opportunities to cross-promote all facets of his career, from mass commercial applications all the way to high-end original pieces to be acquired by individual collectors, and everything in between. Each will help with the others.

Next Up

April will be a watershed month for Willy: The Albuquerque Museum is acquiring one of his pieces, The Richard Levy Galley in Albuquerque, NM is giving him a solo show, which will include the full accordion of his work—discrete pieces displayed on a wall of his design, with additional, smaller items available throughout. This is a first iteration of his complete environment concept.

  • Supporters Interested In:

    Public Spaces, Textiles, Commercial Applications, Interior Design, Art Criticism

Willy at work (Photo byJen Fong)
Willy at work (Photo by Jen Fong)
Music To Drive To 9 (triptych) by Willy Bo Richardson
Music to Drive to 9 (triptych)