Richard Kooyman is a Northern Michigan based visual artist whose paintings explore the natural environment, the idea of beauty throughout history, and abstraction in drawing and painting. Kooyman exhibits his work in galleries across the country and has been awarded varies artist residencies including the Vermont Studio Center, The Heliker- LaHotan Foundation, The Antico Borgo Finocchieto in Tuscany, and recently a VA residency at the American Academy in Rome. He is a recipient of an NEA Artists Grant, A Michigan Arts Council Grant, and The Michigan Governor’s Award in the Arts. In 2015 Richard Kooyman co-founded The Provincial exhibition space with Melanie Parke curating individual and group exhibitions showcasing artists from around the country.
“I make paintings because I believe it is still one of the most important personal, social, and political acts a person can do. Making a painting brings new ways of thinking and looking into our consciousness.”