In his third Michael Reid SYDNEY solo exhibition, Abstract Painting, Sydney based artist Jordan Richardson has extended his investigation of painting to create ten new cloud formations which exist on the precipice between abstraction and representation.
Richardson’s practice has long been interested in interrogating his medium of painting and its historical lineage of storytelling, resulting in work that obscures and pushes existing painting frameworks.
The viewer looks up into an optimistic blue sky, where cloud formations dissipate with unpredictable brushstrokes. At once abstruse and archetypal, Richardson’s firmament is made up of multiple blues hiding streaks of fleshy pink which peak through from the early layers of background paint.
At what point is a painting quantifiably abstract or representational? Richardson’s inclination to resist his practice falling either way, allows the paintings to live in the threshold of the undefinable. Genre echoes the clouds here; vaporous and impossible to hold.
Jordan Richardson is an emerging Central Coast based artist who wistfully explores the material of paint. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Art (Hons) from the National Art School, Sydney and is a three times Archibald finalist. In 2014 and 2015 he was twice highly commended in the Brett Whiteley Travelling Art scholarship. Most recently Richardson was a finalist in the Darling Portrait Prize and the Gosford Art Prize.
We are thrilled to share in 2022, Jordan will realise a solo show at Maitland Regional Gallery.