Clark Richert grew up in Wichita, Kansas, in a family of mathematicians and scientists. In High School he felt he was destined for a career in science, but when he discovered Abstract Expressionism, he realized that he would be an artist. After earning a bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Kansas in 1963, he moved to Colorado for graduate studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder. There, he became a member of what came to be known as the Armory Group, a loose association of students and faculty who had studios in an old armory building north of the CU campus. Others members included Dale Chisman, Margaret Neumann, John DeAndrea and George Woodman. In 1965, several K.U. artists joined with artists from the Armory Group to found Drop City, a geodesic artist's community near Trinidad Colorado which received Buckminster Fuller's Dymaxion award for "poetically economic architecture". There, Richert developed some of the ideas that have sustained his art since.
In the 1970s, influenced by the pattern and decoration movement and his increasing focus on mathematics, Richert's work took on an increasingly structured, geometric appearance. In 1974, he became one of five founders of Criss-Cross, an innovative artistic group related to the pattern and decoration movement but focused on what Richert has termed "non-decorative" geometric paintings. From 1974 through 1980, the group published the national art journal titled Criss-Cross Art Communications, and organized exhibitions focused on pattern and structure. Richert's current work, "Quasi-Symmetries", involves "non-periodic" patterns he uncovered in 1970, fifteen years prior to the discovery of the "Quasi-Crystal" which is based on the same underlying non-periodic system. Clark currently exhibits at Rule Gallery and is the Head of the Painting Program at the Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design in Denver, Colorado. His work has been exhibited in and collected by museums throughout the country.Visit Blog