GL Richardson, (b. Richmond, VA 1993), is a self-taught artist living and working out of Santa Fe, New Mexico. His work is held in private collections internationally and been exhibited in both group and solo shows across the United States. He is best known for his paintings addressing the modern west. This artistic focus came after a transformational year working on a cattle ranch in central New Mexico. Since then, he has continued learning and engaging with the ranching world. Many of these relationships and stories are actively depicted in his work.

Sifting through troves of personal photography, film frames, historical photos and other far-flung source material is the first step in Richardson’s process. He then connects the dots; working these images and their explicit or implied meanings through a visual language that translates between ranching and urban life. 

Richardson’s paintings run parallel to his life and while quasi-biographical have been able to strike a chord with a broad audience. These works depicting the West can be found in ranch bunkhouses to high rise apartments. His work rouses the collective unconscious as we are not so far removed from the world that he portrays. 

Curriculum vitae


Bachelors of Journalism - Art Direction
University of Missouri
Virginia Commonwealth University - Brandcenter
Masters of Science in Business - Art Direction 

Group shows/Fairs

2021 “The New Vanguard II” - Keep Contemporary - Santa Fe
2021 “PT&A” - Smoke the Moon - Santa Fe
2022 “Flower Shop” - Smoke the Moon - Santa Fe
2022 “New Western Talent” - Western Gallery - Online
2022 “Ascension” - Blue Rain Gallery - Santa Fe
2023  La Art Show - Blue Rain Gallery - Los Angeles
2023 “After the Gold Rush” - Western Gallery - Austin
2023 “The Taos Six Collection: Herbert Dunton” - Blue Rain Gallery - Santa Fe
2023 “Small Works” - Blue Rain Gallery - Santa Fe

Solo shows

2022 “22 Fables” - Smoke the Moon - Santa Fe
2023 “Twin Window” - Blue Rain Gallery - Santa Fe

Press & Publication

2021 “Physical Labor in the life and art of GL Richardson” 
Ranchlands Journal
2022 “Studio Visit Magazine Vol. 49”
2022 “Southwest Contemporary Vol. 6” Accompanying Imagery
2022 “CAHG Magazine Vol. 4” Artist Feature
2023 Blue Rain Gallery Podcast Ep. 49
2023 Western Art Collector Magazine #191 “Striking a Chord” Interview
2023 “21 Under 31” Southwest Art Magazine - 21 Artists Under 31
2024 New American Paintings West - Issue #168