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Black History Month Reception to Feature Artist Teri Richardson

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—An artist who has been called “the next Jackson Pollock” by the owner of Jersey City’s Cooper Gallery, is exhibiting her work at the New Jersey Law Center. Painter Teri Richardson will be the guest artist at the Black History Month Reception and Awards Ceremony on Feb. 22.

The event will also feature Attorney General Peter Harvey as the keynote speaker and the student award winners of the Black History Month Contest sponsored by the NJSBA Minorities in the Profession Section.

Richardson says that her father would draw as a hobby, and she took his lead by painting boats that she saw on the Minnesota waterfront when she was three. As she got older, Richardson would enter the drawings in local contests, and would frequently win.

“The act of drawing began to define me early on,” she says. “Initially my creative focus on perfecting form eventually gave way to emotional expression. I have since felt challenged to push my paintings even further, by investigating visual ideas that intend to capture what is timeless, of instinct and without age.”

Richardson’s abstract paintings are a pageant of color and composition, with layer upon layer of paint applied in such a way, that collector Anastosios Kalomiris of New York describes as achieving “the delicacy and light of a watercolor.”

Richardson herself says that “with paint, I draw thin and liquidy gestures, which has brought me to view the concept of layering as a personal interpretation of life’s experience.”

Kalomiris continues, “While her palette is rich, warm and seductive, she is not content to simply make pretty pictures. What has emerged in her most recent work is an even greater grasp of color and a tremendous leap forward in visual content.”

A 1990 graduate of Cooper Union in New York, Richardson has made a significant impact in the short time she has been working at her craft. In 1992, she received first prize in painting at the Delta Sigma Theta Young Artists Celebration in Baltimore, Maryland. She received the Barbara Forst Memorial Award during the first juried exhibition held by Hampton University Museum in Hampton, Virginia in 1992.

Michael Rosenfeld Gallery director halley k. Harrisburg says that “Richardson stands alone in her dedication to painting. Her paintings are ambitious and bold, personal yet inviting, raw although carefully structured.”

According to Jersey Journal art correspondent Leontine Greenberg, “she is always experimenting with new ways of handling her medium. When a technique becomes comfortable for her, she reaches out for new brushstrokes, new forms and new mediums. Her paintings are highly regarded because they are challenging to the viewer as well as beautiful to look at.”

Richardson has held four solo exhibitions — Paintings: Teri Richardson at the Harvey W. Lee Jr. Gallery at Bethune-Cookman College in Daytona Beach, Florida; and Resolution, Oscillations in the Pleasure Garden I and Oscillations in the Pleasure Garden II at the Cooper Gallery in Jersey City. Her works have been displayed in close to 40 exhibitions across the United States and in Jamaica. Richardson’s paintings are also displayed in major collections of Cereality in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Hampton University Museum in Hampton, Virginia; Summit Bancorps in Princeton, New Jersey; SJI Associates, Inc., in New York, New York; and Amdocs in St. Louis, Missouri.

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