photo credit: Julian Calder
Joey Richardson is an English artist known for her delicate wood forms. Born in Lincolnshire England, she grew up in the heart of Twigmoor Woods on a small farm. Here, the magnificent trees subliminally rooted within her a deep love for the woodland and she began turning and carving reclaimed local timber.
In 2005 a Worshipful Company of Turners bursary and seven years later a Scholarship from The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) and Carpenters Company, funded development studies in America. Her MA in Fine Art (University of Lincoln 2018) augmented her craft skills with a theoretical depth born of intense inquiry through extensive research. There is often an autobiographical element in her work which has strong links to the history of the place and the origin of material. Joey’s practice investigates the emotional and symbiotic relationship humans have with trees. She often incorporates mixed media, transposing the material to add another layer of conceptual reasoning.
Her sculptures are held in numerous permanent and private collections. Inspiring others, Joey lecturers and demonstrates her techniques globally. She has been awarded the prestigious QEST Award of Excellence (2015) and made a court assistant of the Turners Company. (2018).
Nature and more specifically, wood, is the driving force in Joey’s sculptural practice. It informs her themes and guides her expressions. From memento mori through mimesis via a mischievous wit, her delicate wood forms and contemporary, mixed-media sculptures are moulded by and seek to encapsulate nature.
‘’It shapes me and in turn, I shape it’’.
A profound appreciation of wood and natural materials have left their seeds buried deep within her work. They are animated by its playful spirit, its story and its transitions. To Joey, there is no greater manifestation of life abundant. Wood warms and restores the soul.
Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL
Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts
A Celebration of British Craftsmanship
Wood Art Today 2
Woodturning Today – A Dramatic Evolution
Shadow of the Turning
‘Audacious’ The fine art of wood
Wood for Woodturners
Selected Exhibitions (2010- 2022)
Art of Lincolnshire – Stable Yard Gallery Doddington Hall.
Artefact – Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour (QEST)
Do we not Live in Dreams? Solo exhibtion. Gunby Hall Lincolnshire
'Are You With Me' Solo Exhibition, Sam Scorer Gallery, Lincoln – UK
'Audacious’ Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA – USA
‘Shadow of the Turning’ Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL – USA
‘Shadow of the Turning’ Centre for Art in Wood, Philadelphia, PA – USA
‘Shadow of the Turning’ Fuller Craft Museum. Brocton, MA – USA
Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum, Myrtle Beach, SC – USA
Anderson University Museum - York Gallery, Anderson, IN - USA
‘Shadow of the Turning’ Craft & Folk-Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA - USA
Ohio Craft Museum.
Art Palm Beach FL- USA. Represented by Adam Blaue Gallery
Art Miami USA. Represented by Adam Blaue Gallery
Sally D Francisco Gallery NJ and Marywood University. USA
‘Rising’ AAW Phoenix, Arizona & St Paul, MN - USA
SOFA Chicago represented by Adam Blaue Gallery USA
SOFA New York USA represented by Zimmer Gallery and del Mano gallery USA
SOFA West Santa Fe represented by Riley galleries USA
AAW Gallery St Paul USA
Wheaton Arts NJ – USA represented by Riley galleries USA
Temple Arts Festival TN - USA
North Carolina Arboretum's Baker Exhibition Gallery, Ashville NC – USA.
‘Best of British’ Guildhall London.
‘Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker’: 850 Years of Livery Company Treasures. Guildhall London.
‘Wizardry in Wood’: Carpenters Hall, London
‘Handmade in Britain’ London. Represented by QEST
Holland and Holland. London
Royal Windsor Horse Show Royal Warrant Holders Pavilion. Represented by QEST
RWHA AGM St. James’s Palace Represented by QEST
Antique and Fine Art Fair Mayfair London. Harewood Leeds.
Art in Action. Waterperry Represented by QEST
‘Designer Crafts at the Mall’. Society Designer Craftsman
Victoria and Albert Museum London. In affiliation with QEST
Garrard. Albemarle St. London
Christie’s. South Kensington
Glaziers Fair. Glaziers Hall. London
London Craft Week Represented by QEST. Carpenters Hall.
'Hand of the Maker' Chelsea College of Art & Design, Society of Designer Craftsmen
‘TIGHT’. MA degree show. University of Lincoln
2021 Open Exhibition Lincolnshire
‘Traces’ St.Pauls, MN & Raleigh NC. Represented by AAW