Will Richardson is an intuitive sculptor with no formal training in art or sculpture. However, he has always been aware of the beauty of nature and organic form.
In the modern world, we are surrounded by many man-made objects and structures, with their hard straight lines and right-angles, and we have become acclimatised to this lack of organic forms. Yet we appreciate the beauty of living things, in their shapes and movements, and feel uplifted by them. We have a deep-seated, sub-conscious need for this form of aesthetic nourishment.
The human figure has been one of the most enduring and universal subjects in the visual arts. It is no coincidence, therefore, that Will's works are mainly figurative. However, even his non-representational works tend to emphasise organic shapes.
He has been strongly influenced by the economy of Chinese and Japanese painting, and his underlying inspiration is to stimulate the imagination. Hence, much of his work, whilst clearly figurative, leave unrevealed elements for the viewer to imagine. He deliberately avoids any suggestion of a literary or allegorical association in his work as this imposes a viewpoint on the observer. Similarly, he avoids faces as these provide a character in the mind of the observer.
Much of Will's work is in alabaster, since this stone, with its sensuous translucency, allows the light within it to modify the character of the sculptures and to bring an essential, additional dimension to the sculpted image. In addition, alabaster is inherently tactile, adding yet a further dimension to his works.
“It is the understated qualities of Will’s stone sculpture that captures my imagination, especially his work in alabaster. He is influenced by the Japanese term 'yugen', meaning a half-revealed or suggested beauty, which is central to the appreciation of beauty and art in Japan. It values the power to evoke rather than the ability to state directly, and Will’s work epitomises this subtlety.” Wiltshire (magazine), February & March 2010