Kirk Richards

Name Stephen Kirk Richards


Born November 22, 1952


Study Atelier Lack Minneapolis, MN, 1976-80; West Texas State University, MA, 1977;  West Texas State University, BFA, 1975


Works in Public Collections “Great American Authors,” “The New Nation; Law,” “The Green Dragon,” “The New Nation: Art” — all from the collection of Old Parkland, Dallas, Texas; “Of God and Time” and “Devil’s Slide,” Crow Holding, Dallas, Texas; “The Sculptor” Amarillo Museum of Art; “The Way of Suffering,” First Baptist Church, Amarillo, TX; “Behold the Lamb,” First Baptist Church, Amarillo, Texas; Portrait of Sister Olivia Prendergast, St. Anthony’s Hospice, Amarillo Texas; "Chocolate and Carnations," First Baptist Church, Amarillo, Texas; “Fortress Cliff,” “Ancient Witness” and “Mule Deer” Happy State Bank, Amarillo, Texas


Commissions include Timothy Jenkins, Metropolitan Opera Tenor; Mary Jane Johnson,  Soprano, International Opera Performer; James Setapen, Director/Conductor, Amarillo Symphony Orchestra, Amarillo, TX;  Sister Olivia Prendergast, St. Anthony's Hospice, Amarillo, TX.; Dr. James Rauscher, Chairman of the Department of Music, Amarillo College; Dr. and Mrs. Hagos Tekeste; Great American Authors, 2013, The New Nation: Law, 2014; The Green Dragon, 2015 and The New Nation: Art, 2015, collection Old Parkland, Dallas, Texas



Exhibitions American Society of Traditional Artists (ASTA) 2012; National Juried Biennial, Amarillo Museum of Art, 2011 Triad-Three American Painters 11 Newington Cropsey Foundation, Hastings on Hudson NY, 2010 Triad-Three American Painters David Dike Gallery, Dallas, Texas, 2007; Triad- Three American Painters Newington Cropsey Foundation, Hastings on Hudson NY, 2006; Kirk Richards: Classical Realist One Man Exhibition, Amarillo Museum of Art, Amarillo, TX 2004; For Glory and For Beauty  two man exhibition, Biblical Arts Center, Dallas, TX, 2002; The American Society of Classical Realism Guild of Artists Exhibition Newington Cropsey Foundation, Hastings on Hudson, NY, 2001; Florals in the Boston Tradition Tree’s Place, Cape Cod MA, 2000 Night Walker 98, Fort Collins, CO. 1998; Invited Guest Artist, Spring Exhibition ,Merrill Art Gallery, Denver, CO. 1998; Private Showing to 19th Century Collectors  Sotheby’s , New York NY 1997; East Coast Concepts- West Coast Ideals Traveling Group Exhibition, Carnegie Art Museum, Oxnard CA; Academy of Art College, San Francisco, CA.; Springville Museum of Art, Springville, Utah, 1997; Beauty: A Rebirth of Relevance, four man exhibition, Newington Cropsey Foundation, Hastings on Hudson, NY, 1996 Oil Painters of America, Fourth National Juried Exhibition, Greenhouse Gallery of Art, San Antonio, TX, 1995; 1995 Amarillo Competition, Amarillo Museum of Art, 1995; Deposit Guaranty Salon International Exhibition,  Jackson, MS, 1994;   Poudre Valley Art League 32nd National Exhibition, Fort Collins, CO, 1993; Solo Exhibitions, Amarillo, TX, 1991-90-82-80;   Amarillo Rotary Club Annual Exhibition and Sale, Amarillo, TX, 1990-88-86-84;  Freedom’s Light, Carlson Center, Minnetonka, MN, 1989;  64th Annual National April Salon, Springville, UT, 1988; The Masters Heritage, Alexandria, VA, 1987;  Grand National Exhibition, American Artists Professional League, New York , NY, 1987-81-79;  60th Annual National April Salon, Springville, UT, 1984;  The Boston Painters:  America’s Premiere Realists, Andrew Art Center, Addison, TX, 1985;   The Painters of Light, Bayne Yancy Galleries, Dallas, TX, 1983;  Classical Realism, -- The Other Twentieth Century, Springville Museum of Art, Springville, UT, Amarillo Art Center, Amarillo, TX, Maryhill Museum of Art, Goldendale, WA, 1982-83;  Texas Open Competition Wayland Baptist College,  1981.


Teaching Positions Edina Art Center, Edina, MN ,1978-79;  Bloomington Art Center, Bloomington, MN, 1978-80; Atelier Lack, 1978-80;  Minnetonka Art Center, Minnetonka, MN 1979-80 ;  Amarillo Art Center, Amarillo TX , 1981-82;   West Texas State University, Canyon, TX 1981-82;  Atelier Richards, Inc. Amarillo, TX , 1982-88; Amarillo College, Amarillo,  TX, 2002


Awards Best Of Show, Goddess of Art Award, ASTA 2012, Scottsdale AZ; Best of Show, Amarillo National Biennial, Amarillo Museum of Art, 2011; Awarded status of Honorary Living Master at the Art Renewal Center; Honorary member of American Society of Traditional Artists (ASTA); Finalist, 2004  International Portrait Competition, Portrait Society of America, Boston, MA; Juror’s Award  and People’s Choice Award, Night Walker 98, Fort Collins, CO; Directors Choice, Deposit Guaranty Salon International, Jackson, MS, 1994;  Jurors  Choice Award, 64th National Salon, Springville Museum of Art, Springville, UT, 1988;  Lee M. Loeb Award for Excellence American Artist Professional League, New York, NY 1987;  Best of Show, Texas Open  Competition, Wayland Baptist College, Plainview, TX, 1981.


Bibliography “Classically Speaking” article in Southwest Art Magazine, September 2005; “Classical Realism: A Living Tradition”  article in the September 2004  issue of American Artist Magazine (co-author with Stephen Gjertson); American Artist Magazine, June 2003; "Classic Beauty" article in The Artist's Magazine, April, 2008; “Response to David Hockney’s ‘Secret Knowledge’ ” article in the Classical Realism Journal, 2002; “Kirk Richards-Truth and Beauty”, ASOPA Portrait Signature Winter 2001; “From the Academy to the Pueblo” article in the Classical Realism Journal, 1996; Contributing Author and Cover Illustration, Classical Realism Journal, 1994;  “In Pursuit of Mastery,”  International Fine Art Collector, June/July, 1991;  “Hospice Honor,” Amarillo Daily News, October, 1990;  “Artist’s Work Graces Church,” by Kay Mohr Paine, Amarillo Globe News, December 21, 1989;   “An Interview with Kirk Richards,” by Kurt Anderson, Classical Realism Quarterly, Winter, 1989;  “Local Artist Touts Apprentice Format,” by Mona Nichols, Amarillo College Newspaper, 1987;  “Kirk Richards, Amarillo Painter Wins Awards,” by Kay Mohr Paine, Amarillo Globe News, December, 1987;  Atelier Art School Learns from Past,” by Kay Mohr, Amarillo Globe News, May, 1983;  “Nineteenth Century Painting Alive and Well in Amarillo,” Accent West Magazine, July, 1987


Publications “Kirk Richards; Classical Realist” Exhibition Catalog, 2004; “The Art Student’s Dilemma,” Realism in Revolution, Taylor Publishing, Dallas, TX, 1985;  The Master’s Heritage, Exhibition Catalog, 1986;  Classical Realism -- The Other Twentieth Century, Exhibition  Cat., 1982;  The American Society of Classical Realism -- Salon 1992, Exhibit. Catalog;  Beauty:  A Rebirth Of  Relevance  Exhibit. Catalog 1996;   East Coast Concepts-West Coast Ideals    Exhibit. Catalog 1997. The Best of Flower Painting  North Light Publishing, 1996; The Best of Portrait Painting, North Light Publishing, 1997;  ASCR Guild of Artists Exhibition Catalog 2001; “For Glory and For Beauty,” Minneapolis, MN, 2002