Tyrone Richards

b 1988 Los Angeles, USA. Lives and works in Basel.


This series of drawings deals with the nuclear disaster which occurred at the Japanese power plant in Fukushima, March 2011.

The internet became both a research tool and a conceptual unifying medium.
What struck me is the large number of aerial photographs and satellite images. It seems clear that the type of imagery generated by the event is closely related to the hazard it poses to humans, Fukushima Daiichi must be viewed from a distance. With this view of Fukushima I began to draw the ruined buildings, translating every value of shade into ink dots.

The density of dots determine the depth of shadow. In so doing, the entire image can be expressed in differences of density.

To me, the dot as the smallest visual element can be seen as the metaphorical equivalent of atoms and matter.
The effect that emerges from this technique is that of subtle vibration, as if the drawing were somehow loaded with energy, again drawing comparisons to nuclear power and radiation.
The ink drawings are done on rice or China paper mounted on wood panels. The binding agent is a glue from rice starch. Using this medium is a reference to traditional Japanese materials and becomes a relevant aspect of my work.
It becomes the synthesis of a trauma, the root of which is found in 1945, colliding with two simultaneously existing ideals: Both that of a romanticized tradition and that of technological wonder, curiosity and advancement.

The title of the series has the appearance of a mysterious code which is in truth the coordinates of Fukushima Daiichi. It signifies not only the place where the disaster took place but is again a reference to the aerial view as described earlier. 37.421389°, 141.0325°, seemingly meaningless numbers are charged with context and content with relevance not only to a single nation but a global mindset.


  • 2014-2016 MA in Fine Art Education, Basel
  • 2011-2014 BA in Fine Art at the School for Art and Design, Lucerne
  • 2009-2011 Study of Illustration and Fine Art at the Academy of Art University, San Francisco
  • Enter Art Foundation, Berlin, 2016
  • Art des Hauses, 2016
  • Pop Up Art Basel, 2016
  • Liste Köln, 2016
  • SetUp Art Fair, Bologna, 2016
  • Regionale 16, Strasbourg, 2016
  • Auswahl 15, Aarau, 2015/16
  • Swab Barcelona, 2015
  • Art Market Budapest, 2015
  • Jungkunst Winterthur, 2015
  • Kunstpause Zug, 2015
  • Kölner Liste, 2015
  • JKON, Olten, 2015
  • Jungkunst Galerie am Leewasser, 2014
  • Antonini & Richards, Rheinfelden, 2014
  • KunstLokal, Rheinfelden, 2014
  • Art Copenhagen, Kopenhagen, 2014
  • Dreamlights, Artspace Zürich, Zürich, 2014
  • Under One Roof, GUM Gallery, Moskau, 2014
  • Cutlog Art Fair, ArtSpace Zürich, New York, 2014
  • Kunstpause, Zug, 2013
  • EinAusstellung, Thun, 2013
  • “Ascent”, Gallery 9a, Bern, 2013
  • KunstLokal, Rheinfelden, 2012

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