This is the first ever solo show for the UK’s most renowned female wood sculptor, wood turner and artist working with wood. An exclusive for Lincoln!
Richardson’s techniques and repertoire for cutting, carving, turning, decorating, embellishing and presenting her pieces are outstanding and highly coveted, her work is collected internationally, privately and publicly.
A recent commission came via Sarah Fabergé the Great Granddaughter of Peter Karl
‘Joey takes wood art to another level. Her passion and intuitive imagination take you on a journey of discovery’
Sarah is Fabergé's Director of Special Projects
‘When asked by Robert Walton MBE, President of the Restaurant Association of Great Britain if I would present a special award to the Roux Family earlier this year, I had no hesitation in commissioning Joey to create a bespoke ‘egg’ object.
In turned wood with pierced elements, Joey's decoration documents the careers and interests of the illustrious Roux family.
‘My Great grandfather described himself as an "artist jeweller". For me, Joey is an ‘artist turner’.
Richardson was awarded a bursary from the Worshipful Company of Turners in 2005 and has never looked back! In 2012 she gained a scholarship from the Queen Elizabeth’s Scholarship Trust and Carpenter’s Company, funding further study in the US.
This is a retrospective of her work spanning nearly 20 years, including her first ever piece of turned furniture, right up to her works from summer and her astounding MA Show at the University of Lincoln, in 2018, where she gained a distinction for her final pieces.
Curated by Darren Neave, a former ‘Little Artist’ notorious for his Lego sculptures, he too has had major international success. They met when studying at Lincoln and they have worked together to create this presentation. They also launched the Lincoln Print Fair in January 2019 to huge acclaim, which will occur again in 2020.
‘Joey’s work is rich in poetry, delicacy and humour too - she is passionate and hard working and I am excited by this show - a chance to see her full list of talents - including printing, furniture and wonderful pieces utilising IKEA pieces!’
Richardson acknowledges the strong craft legacy in this show, her skills have embraced the contemporary, both in art and design. Her work crosses the boundaries and many pieces from this show will have visitors enchanted by what these pieces are and how they were constructed and displayed.
Richardson and Neave both have strong Lincolnshire connections. They often refer to their practices as having rural inspirations and how their international shows have retained a ‘sense of place.