FACE TO FACE
an Exhibition of Paintings by Paul Richmond
Friday September 8, 2017
5:30 - 7:30 pm
Sept 8 – Oct 19, 2017
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION My work is an investigation of identity, mythology, and human nature. Reality and abstraction compete within the figurative foundation of each piece to make the subjects’ inner struggles more tangible. I often draw upon personal history to approach universal themes. The expressive application of pigment reduces the literalness of the depiction, engaging with an exploration of color, form, shape, and pattern as windows into the psyche. By deconstructing and rebuilding the figure, my goal is to invite understandings that reach beyond the immediate surface and reveal the complexity of the individual. The show features a collection of expressive portraits in oil as well as a massive installation called Pieced Together in collaboration with artist, Aaron Anderson.
“There are quantities of human faces, but there are many more faces, for each person has several.”
-Rainer Maria Rilke
ABOUT THE ARTIST Paul Richmond is an internationally recognized visual artist and activist whose career has included exhibitions in galleries throughout the United States as well as publication in numerous art journals and anthologies. His work is collected by individuals around the globe. Influenced by his own struggles and experiences, he seeks to challenge social constructs that exist around sexuality and gender through his work. In his role as the Associate Art Director for Dreamspinner Press and their young adult imprint, Harmony Ink Press, he has created over three hundred novel cover illustrations. He is a co-founder of the You Will Rise Project, an organization that empowers those who have experienced bullying to speak out creatively through language, visual, and performing arts.
“The struggles Paul’s figures face jump off the canvas through the use of pigment and extreme texture. This style creates dynamic images on the canvas that draw the viewer into learning more about the figures and what challenges they are facing” - John Myers, KMag
ART AGAINST BULLYING
An art activism series presented in partnership with
OPEN GROUND STUDIOS
Watch the video to get a behind the scenes look at the making of the Art Agaisnt Bullying kick-off installation, Pieced Together!