DEAN RICHARDSONb. 1931
Dean Richardson attended the Newark Academy of Fine Arts from 1949-1950, and the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence from 1950-1952 and from 1954-1956. He studied at the Brooklyn Museum School from 1956-1957, and Hochschule fur Bildende Kunst, Berlin, from 1957-1958. Richardson began his painting career as a landscape artist, but turned his attention to America’s legends and mythology. Richardson was a Fullbright Scholar, and received a Guggenheim fellowship and the Max Beckman Memorial Scholarship. His nostalgic images realistically capture elements of America’s past. Yet his paintings also convey a personal view of history and the world. His subjects vary from famous Native Americans, to animals in their natural habitats, to baseball scenes. Richardson attempts through his painting to increase understanding and tolerance towards humanity and the natural world. His work has been widely collected and is included in a number of public collections including the Whitney Museum in New York, the Brockton Art Museum, the Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY, and the Farnsworth Museum, Rockland, Maine. Richardson taught at the Rhode Island School of Design from 1959 until his retirement in 1994, becoming Professor Emeritus in 1995.