RIP Colin Richards (1954 – 2012)
Sean O’Toole from the Mail & Guardian, Robyn Sassen from the Sunday Times and Sue Williamson from artthrob have written about Richards’ contribution to the art world as an artist, academic and lecturer:
In his top floor office at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, on a rectangular desk adjacent to a locked bookshelf filled with his cherished Samuel Beckett books, Colin Richards — the prematurely deceased artist, educator, scholar and humanist — kept a stuffed parrot. It was a gift from Pippa Skotnes, a colleague and fellow professor in the University of Cape Town’s art faculty, which he joined in 2010 after 24 years at the University of the Witwatersrand.
Professor Colin Richards, considered to be among South Africa’s most forthright voices in art criticism, has died aged 58, the result of complications after slipping in the shower in his Cape Town home eight days previously.
It is a with great sadness but also in a spirit of celebration of a life of extraordinary achievement that I write this obituary for Professor Colin Richards, one of the South African art world’s brightest luminaries. Richards was a distinguished and visionary writer, an exquisite artist, and the hugely popular professor of art discourse at the Michaelis School of Fine Art in Cape Town. He was also a close and valued friend.