Richard Kooyman

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2024 Schedule periodically updated

If you are in the Grand Traverse area be sure to check out the new V Gallery opening May 2024. Hillary and Matt Voight have opened a new contemporary art gallery in the historical space that was the Tamarack Gallery in Omema, Michigan. Both myself and Melanie Parke are excited to be represented by V Gallery.

July 6th-7th Onekama Open Studio Tour (Snake Around the Lake)
This will be the first occasion that Melanie Parke's and my new studios will be open to the public. We look forward to seeing you.
times and artist's locations to follow

Fall of 2024 Melanie Parke and Richard Kooyman New Work Anne Louckes Gallery, Glen Coe, Illinois

Several months ago I began publishing essays on Substack that focus on my thoughts about art and the power of beauty in our lives. Called On Beauty it is free to subscribe here

Why do I make paintings?
Fleeting visual phenomena along the Lake Michigan shoreline and deep within its forests fuels ideas for my paintings.
How the sun sparkles at the edge of a wood, or the sun or moon reflects light on the water, are occurrences I find compelling. They point to something in nature that is bigger than me.

I like simple and direct brushstrokes in my work. I’m striving for temperate colors and brushwork that connect emotionally to a place and time. My process is both visceral and somewhat intuitive. I like to think of my paintings as things that can hold energy and from which you can go and receive that energy back.

I make paintings because I believe it is still one of the most important personal, social, and political acts a person can do.