I began painting and drawing from direct observation in the early eighties after twenty five years of working more or less abstractly and primarily from imagination. My early schooling at the Minneapolis School of Art in the late fifties, was largely influenced by the psychological and existential forces that surrounded abstract expressionist thinking. I attended the Minneapolis School of Art immediately following U.S Army service in Japan where I was first introduced to Buddhist thought and oriental culture in general. I have only recently come to realize how those early experiences have unconsciously informed my process. Painting has become a form of present and discovery oriented meditative practice.

Initially, my choice of subject matter was intuitive. I began to paint what I saw before me with no predetermined attitude toward the outcome other than it had to feel right. While I don't subscribe to any "isms," I do consider myself to be a formalist with an interest in pattern, color and expressive composition. I try to appropriately respond to the circumstances of my experience in a manner balanced between external and internal observation. The place or situation of landscape appeals to me particularly because it is an ever changing unpredictable event. Painting, listening, dancing, and gardening are all exciting influences in that they all require that I surrender to the forces of life that play in the moment.

The fact is, I have enjoyed making both images and objects since childhood. The process has been magical, spiritually vital, and integral to my sense of being.​
"For me, painting is dancing to visual music."
Contact Us
More work can be viewed online at:
Strecker-Nelson Gallery in Manhattan, KS
Midwest Paint Group

Curriculum Vitae

Richard Mattsson

BORN 1935 Minneapolis, Mn.


 M.F.A. 1965 Painting University of Washington - Seattle
 B.F.A. 1961 Painting Minneapolis School of Art
 1960 Yale –Norfolk School of Music and Art - Summer


 2008 Unit 5 Gallery, Kansas City, Mo. Drawings and 
 2007 Unit 5 Gallery, Kansas City, Mo. Drawings and paintings
 2005 Stocksdale Gallery, William Jewell College, Liberty, Missouri
 2004 Campanella Gallery, Park College, Parkville, Mo.
 2004 Heartland Gallery, Heartland Spine and Specialty Hospital, Overland Park, Ks.
 1993 New Work, Leedy - Voulkos Gallery, Kansas City, Mo
 1991 Athena on Broadway (Drawings and Prints)
 1989 Leedy - Voulkos Gallery (Drawings and Paintings)


 2013 “Flint Hills Masters” , Strecker Nelson Gallery,Manhattan, Ks 
 2011 Exhibition at Nelson-Strecker Gallery,
 2011 Kansas City Art Institute Biennial Faculty Exhibition.
 2012 “Urban Landscape” Strecker-Nelson Gallery, Manhattan,
 2010 “Landscape” Dolphin Gallery, Kansas City, Mo
 2006 Kansas City Artists Coalition Juried Members Exhibition
 2004 Kansas City Flat File Invitational Exhibition, Bloch Art 
 2003 Faculty Collects - Bloch Art Space, KCAI
 1999 “ Art in the Woods “, Juried Exhibition, Overland Park, Ks
 1996 “ Landscape “ Invitational group Exhibition, Dolphin Gallery, Kansas City, Mo
 1995 “ Art in the Woods “, Juried Exhibition, Overland Park, Ks
 1995 “Landscape” Invitational Exhibition Jan Weiner Gallery, Kansas City Mo
 1993 “Winter Show” Groveland Gallery Minneapolis, Mn
 1992 “Portraits” Dolphin Gallery Kansas City
 1989 “ A Decade Later “ Charlotte Crosby Kemper Gallery Kansas City Art Institute
 1985 “ The Granlund Influence “ Invitational Honoring Paul Granlund, Sculptor, Wayzata, Minnesota
 1985 Nippon Club, New York, new York


 2009 Art KC 365 “He knows his places: Richard Mattsson at Unit 5 Gallery, Kansas City, Mo.
 2007 Review Magazine exhibition review by Sherry Cromwell Lacy of Unit 5 Gallery Exhibition
 2005 Kansas City Star review, November 10, 2005 of Stocksdale Gallery, Painting and Drawing exhibition


 Sprint Corporation, Kansas City
 Heartland Spine and Specialty Hospital, Overland Park,
 Kansas City Kansas Community College
 Louis Soslund, Kansas City, Mo
 The William Rockhill Nelson Gallery of Art, Kansas City,
 Continental Insurance Corporation, New York
 American Century Corporation, Kansas City
 Gerhardt Kuti, Leawood, Kansas
 Timothy Sotos, Kansas City, Missouri


 1965 -2013 Professor, Foundation Department, Kansas City Art Institute - Retired