Taking cues from 19th-century landscape painting, 20th-century cinema, and 21st-century planetary research, Kelly Richardson crafts video installations and photographs that offer imaginative glimpses into the future that prompt careful consideration of the present.
Her work has been widely acclaimed in North America, Asia and Europe with recent solo exhibitions presented at DCA (Scotland), SMoCA (USA), CAG Vancouver, VOID (Northern Ireland), Naturhistorisches Museum Wien (Austria) and a major 15 year survey at the Albright-Knox (USA). Her work was selected for the Beijing, Busan, Canadian, Gwangju and Montréal biennales, and major moving image exhibitions including the The Cinema Effect: Illusion, Reality and the Moving Image at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (USA), Future Projections at the Toronto International Film Festival, and New Frontier at the Sundance Film Festival. In 2009 she was honoured as the featured artist at the Americans for the Arts National Arts Awards alongside Ed Ruscha, Salman Rushdie and Robert Redford.
Richardson’s work has been acquired into significant museum collections across the UK, USA and Canada including Arts Council Collection (UK), Southampton City Art Gallery (UK), Towner (UK), Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (USA), SMoCA (USA), Albright-Knox (USA), National Gallery of Canada, Art Gallery of Ontario, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, among others. It has been written about in publications such as Canadian Art, Artforum, Photomonitor, The Guardian, Afterimage, BFI Sight and Sound Magazine, British Journal of Photography, New Scientist and featured on the BBC (News and Radio), CBC Arts – The Exhibitionists, and Modern Art Notes.
She received her undergraduate degree (with honours) from OCAD (1996) and her MFA (with distinction) from NSCAD and Newcastle University, England (2010). She lives and works in the unceded traditional territory of the W̱SÁNEĆ peoples on Vancouver Island, Canada.