David Richardson

Biography

David Richardson is a furniture maker and artist working out of Fall River and New Bedford, Ma. He was born in 1951 in Port Chester, New York. At age 15 and 16 he had a summer job as a studio assistant to former Life Magazine photographer and co-founder of the Magnum Photo Agency, William Vandivert, in New York. He attended Rhode Island School of Design as a photo major, studying with Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind, graduating in 1973 with a BFA in photography. In his junior year he hitchhiked through Europe with a 4x5 view camera and tripod. After graduating from RISD he worked for 12 years at the Attwill Furniture Company in Lynn, Ma. as an antique restorer and also studied painting independently in Boston with Boston Museum School professor and contemporary Japanese painter Kaji Aso. He showed his paintings regularly with the Kaji Aso Studio in Boston and internationally in London and Tokyo. In 1986 he established his own restoration shop in Fall River which continues in business today as Northeast Studio Co. with museum and private clients throughout New England. He has been an active member of the Furniture Society since 1998, and established a blog - FS After Hours – writing about furniture, art and craft. He has worked over the last several years on a body of contemporary furniture that takes the Japanese tea bowl as a starting point as the “perfect object”, combining function and high art. Since moving to New Bedford in 2008 he has shown both furniture and painting locally, including a 3 person show in the fall of 2011 at the Grimshaw Gudewicz Gallery at BCC with Yuri Kobayashi and Brad Fesmire. His ancestors built large sailing ships in Rockland, Maine in the 19th century. The last one built was a five masted schooner named after his great-grandmother, the Jenny Cobb, and was sunk by a German U-boat during WW1.