John Richardson has been painting since childhood and since youth has
been a student of literature. From teen years reading the
Canterbury Tales, he worked back through time, studying Greek and Latin
literature in University and obtaining a graduate degree in Anglo-Saxon
poetry. Richardson's first scholarly article was published before
he had finished his undergraduate degree and there have been a number
of publications since, touching on authors as disparate as Homer,
Shakespeare and the Brother's Grimm. He has also published poetry
and a verse translation of the Old English poem 'The Ruin'.
Richardson took part in the Old
Strathcona Centennial Mural Project in Edmonton in 2004. In 2007
he contributed the Art Gallery of Alberta's celebratory "Free For
All". Nine of the Figures in a Streetscape were on display at Edmonton's Shadow Theatre during the summer of 2009. Some of his works have been a part of Diversity 2008, Diversity 2009 and Diversity 2010, the
Visual Arts Alberta Association annual show and sale during Edmonton's 'The
Works' Art and Design Festival. A number of older works are a part of an ongoing display at Amber's Brewing   in Edmonton.
The twenty-four Apellean Sketches
will be featured in the VAAA Gallery's exhibition titled 'Spaces' in
February 2010. Richardson was Featured Artist at the Spruce Grove Art Gallery in March 2010. In July of 2010 a number of his large sketches were a part of "The Sketch"
at The Paint Spot in Edmonton. 2010 ended with his participation in 'Menagerie' at the Sideshow Gallery, until January 8, 2011. For the first three weeks of April, 2011,
"The Crucifixion of Eve" and two etched metal works were a part of "X position" and another was a part of "Energize" later in the year, both at the VAAA Gallery.
Also in 2011, Richardson contributed a Roman-themed
mural to the exterior decoration of Battista's Calzone Co.
in Edmonton and took part in the VAAA's very successful fundraising auction in November.
portraits and etched metal works are represented in the collection of the Cypress Gallery in
Eastend, Saskatchewan, and in a number of private collections.