Jheryll Richardson

Amsterdam, The Hague and Curacao are three completely different places, yet these influences are not distracting Jheryll Richardson from his goal: to deliver his minimalistic message with a few firm lines.

Hi, where do you live / where are you from?

Right now I live in The Hague, but I grew up on Curacao in the Caribbeans. In 2010 I came to the Netherlands to study graphic design at the Media College in Amsterdam.

How does this place influence you as an artist?

You can actually find me more often in Amsterdam than in The Hague. Amsterdam especially inspires me during the night, when I walk back from Paradiso (night club) to the train station. Sometimes I see something completely weird or random of which I think 'dope, I should make something out of this'.

What are you focusing on in your work right now?

I'm trying to convey the emotion I try to put in my work. Sometimes I find this really hard because I only work in black with white lines. For instance, portraying a happy image is something I find hard to do.

What are your finest moments?

Often when I've taken a hot shower after coming home from school, that's when I'm able to concentrate again.

How do you begin creating a new work?

That really can vary for each work. I don't really have a fixed manner of starting to work, sometimes this happens while I'm cooking, sometimes I really sit down to it. I think it really depends on what mood I'm in.

How do you think people will know you in ten years time?

No idea, I hope to be seen as the grandmaster of abstract minimalism. Haha, that'd be cool.

Final question, what do we really not know about you yet?

I'm fascinated by flowers.

Portret door: Jorien de Waard

Jheryll Richardson