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Artist Biography

Painter, muralist, and illustrator Volney Richardson was born in Attica, New York in 1880. He studied under William Merritt Chase at the Buffalo School of Fine Arts, and with Edward Dufner at the Art Students League in New York City, courtesy of a scholarship he won in 1905. From 1907 to 1912 he made illustrations for books and magazines like McCalls and The People’s Home Journal, as well as paintings for the American Lithographic Society. It is perhaps because of these diverse demands on his art that Richardson did not restrict himself to painting one or two themes; rather, he was known to paint landscapes, coastal and marine scenes, floral still lifes, genre, and figural work. Richardson moved to Buffalo in 1913 where he had several shows at the Albright Art Gallery (known today as the Albright-Knox Art Gallery). He also exhibited at the Art Students League in Buffalo, New York City, and the Easy Street Gallery in Nantucket—the island where he spent summers during the 1920s. Little is known of his last decades; he died in Houston, Texas in 1955.