I am a Northern Michigan based visual artist whose paintings explore the natural environment, the idea of beauty throughout history, and abstraction in drawing and painting. I focus my paintings around energetic brushwork and color along with a emotional connection to place and time. I live and work close to the coast of Lake Michigan in a 110 year old storefront/studio complex that I shared with the painter Melanie Parke.

Working and exhibiting for over 30 years I show in numerous galleries and individually promoted exhibitions. My most recent exhibition was at the North of History Project Space in New York City in a show titled ‘dislocation/reclamation’ with the New York painter Rebecca Allen. I showed a series of small portraits of women taken from historical paintings where I literally cropped out the patriarchal references from the original paintings. In June of 2019 I will have a solo exhibition of new landscape paintings at the Ramsdell Regional Art Center in Manistee, MI

I have been awarded varies artist residencies including the Vermont Studio Center, The Heliker- LaHotan Foundation, The Antico Borgo Finocchieto in Tuscany, and recently a VA residency at the American Academy in Rome. I am a recipient of a NEA Artists Grant, A Michigan Arts Council Grant, and The Michigan Governor’s Award in the Arts.

In 2015 Melanie Parke and I formed The Provincial exhibition space where we have curated over 12 individual and group exhibitions showcasing artists from around the country.

My Artist Statement

“I make paintings because I believe it is still one of the most important personal, social, and political acts a person can do. Making a painting brings new ways of thinking and looking forward into our consciousness. My work draws from a wide array of artistic influences from Fairfield Porter to Georgia O’Keeffe, from Etruscan and Roman frescos to the Canadian Group of Seven. It is my desire to make paintings that look upon the natural environment and our his/her-story in new and transforming ways.”

Richard Kooyman 2019