Richard Niessen (Edam-Volendam, 1972) graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in 1996. Ever since he works on a body of work that he calls ‘Typographic Masonry’. It is the almost hermetic craft of forging amalgams of signs, symbols & ornaments in mostly nonlinear structures. This syncretic approach to graphic design, with a predilection for printwork, creates a coherent formal language exclusively to the project at hand.

Richard works for various clients including artists like Jennifer Tee and Ad de Jong, exhibition spaces as Cobra Museum and Tijdelijk Museum and organizations like the Stimuleringsfonds and Rijksgebouwendienst. In addition, the self-initiated projects (such as "JACK", "1:1:1", "Based on Bas Oudt") lead to experiments with presentation forms and collaborations with other designers and artists.

He created two traveling overview exhibitions of his work: "TM City"(Chaumont Design Graphique, Chaumont, 2007) and "A Hermetic Compendium of Typographic Masonry"(Une Saison Graphique, Le Havre, 2014). His most recent project is ‘The Palace of Typographic Masonry’: an imaginary, game-like structure that he uses to order the elements, principles and sources of his work.

He shares a studio space with Esther de Vries since 2007 and is a member of AGI since 2014.
1 gallery poster by richard niessen
The Gallery of Modernity & Nostalgia, 2015
Silkscreen, 3 colors, 84 x 118,5 cm
The Palace of Typographic Masonry
2 building bricks poster by richard niessen
Building Bricks Storage, 2014
Silkscreen, 3 colors, 84 x 118,5 cm
The Palace of Typographic Masonry
3 conversation room poster by richard niessen
The Conversation Room, 2015
Silkscreen, 3 colors, 84 x 118,5 cm
The Palace of Typographic Masonry
4 plan poster by richard niessen
The Studiolo of Plans, 2015
Silkscreen, 3 colors, 84 x 118,5 cm
The Palace of Typographic Masonry
5 several rulers poster by richard niessen
The Elevator of Beauty, 2015
Silkscreen, 3 colors, 84 x 118,5 cm
The Palace of Typographic Masonry
6 masonic lobby poster by richard niessen
The Masonic Lobby, 2015
Silkscreen, 3 colors, 84 x 118,5 cm
The Palace of Typographic Masonry
7 le havre poster by richard niessen
Le Havre, 2014
Silkscreen, 4 colors, 118,5 x 175 cm
Une Saison Graphique
20 seven rulers poster by richard niessen
Seven Rulers Tracing Board, 2013
Silkscreen, 4 colors
Initiative Richard Niessen
8 fachwerk poster by richard niessen
FACHWERK, 2013
Silkscreen, 2 colors, 84 x 118,5 cm
The Unfortunately Small Gallery
9 le petit cobra poster by richard niessen
Le Petit Cobra, 2013
Silkscreen, 3 colors, 84 x 118,5 cm
Cobra Museum Amstelveen
10 amsterdan book design poster by richard niessen
Amsterdam Book Design, 2013
Silkscreen, 3 colors, 50 x 70 cm
Bijzondere Collecties, Amsterdam
11 tm city bern poster by richard niessen
TM-City Bern, 2013
Silkscreen, 2 colors, 84 x 118,5 cm
Hochschule der Künste Bern
12 by us for us poster by richard niessen
BY US FOR US, 2013
Silkscreen, 4 colors, 84 x 118,5 cm
Ark Kultur, Istanbul
13 hilde goes asger poster by richard niessen
Hilde goes Asger, 2013
Silkscreen, 2 colors, 84 x 118,5 cm
Hilde de Bruijn
14 nautilus poster by richard niessen
Nautilus, 2012
Silkscreen, 4 colors, 84 x 118,5 cm
Woonkerkgebouw Nautilus
15 stimuleringsfonds creatieve industrie poster by richard niessen
Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie, 2013
Silkscreen, 4 colors, 84 x 118,5 cm
Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie
16 postkantoor beatrix poster by richard niessen
Postkantoor Beatrix, 2006
Silkscreen, 4 colors, 84 x 118,5 cm
SKOR
17 kong poster by richard niessen
KONG, 2006
Silkscreen, 2 colors, 80 x 120 cm
Kong store, Mexico City
18 sncf poster by richard niessen
SNCF, 2008
Silkscreen, 4 colors, 118,5 x 175 cm
SNCF
19 tm city chaumont poster by richard niessen
TM-City Chaumont, 2007
Silkscreen, 2 colors, 80 x 120 cm
Graphic Design Festival Chaumont

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