Thursday, November 1, 2012

Born This Way



My story and childhood photo are included in a wonderful book, Born This Way, Real Stories of Growing Up Gay, by Paul Vitagliano. The book shares and celebrates all kinds of growing up LGBTQ stories through personal memories and childhood photographs. Visit Amazon to get a copy!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Winter Breeze

"Winter Breeze," by Paul Richmond
The best way to get the upper hand in a snowball fight is to catch your opponent off guard! The Cheesecake Boy in my new holiday piece "Winter Breeze" makes it far too easy when his pants unexpectedly fall to the ground, revealing his festive Christmas underwear! Stuff these cuties in your stocking by ordering a limited-edition print HERE. And check out some other holiday-themed Cheesecake Boy pieces HERE.

This illustration will also appear on the cover of the upcoming holiday anthology "Evergreen" by Dreamspinner Press.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Groweth Pains

Groweth Pains, by Paul Richmond
Like many gay men who grew up in the 80's, I had a big crush on Kirk Cameron (a.k.a. Mike Seaver on the sitcom "Growing Pains"). So now that he has grown into a self-righteous bigot, proclaiming that homosexuality is "detrimental and ultimately destructive," I feel betrayed. And if the Jesus he so frequently speaks on behalf of is perched on a cloud listening to the wayfaring former-sitcom star's remarks, I can only imagine that he might want to put him over his knee and teach him a lesson. Perhaps it's just a phase for Kirk - nothing that a few growing pains to the backside can't help him overcome.

Limited-edition prints of Groweth Pains are available here in my online store.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

P-Town Recap

With my partner, Dennis Niekro (the model for The Snake Charmer) at the Lyman-Eyer Gallery

I had an incredible time during my first visit to Provincetown earlier this month for the opening of my two-person show with Thomas Acevedo at the Lyman-Eyer Gallery. What a wonderful experience! It was an honor to share the space with Tom's beautiful paintings.

With Thomas Acevedo and his paintings at the Lyman-Eyer Gallery

I was really proud to see my "Ringmasters & Fabulous Oddities" series come together, and it was fun to meet and chat with the 200+ visitors to the gallery and hear what paintings were their favorites. As it was Bear Week in Provincetown, The Bear Tamer was particularly popular!

"Ringmasters & Fabulous Oddities" series

I was excited that Brian Williams, the model for The Strong and Silent Type, was able to join us for the trip and be there at the opening.

Brian Williams with The Strong and Silent Type

Also featured in the show on an adjacent wall were some of my other paintings in the Lyman-Eyer collection, including The Dollypop Guild. There were many Dolly Parton fans who enjoyed hearing that Dolly herself has a print of this painting hanging above her make-up stand.

More of my paintings from the show

Jim Lyman, the gallery director, did an incredible job curating the show and he and his partner Mark were fabulous ambassadors for P-Town, filling us in on the must-see places and events. They couldn't have made us feel more welcome. It was also wonderful to see my colleagues from Dreamspinner Press, where I recently started my role as Associate Art Director, who made a special trip to Provincetown for the opening.

We took Jim and Mark's advice and spent the next few days enjoying Provincetown to the fullest, from crossing the never-ending breakwater to partying with the bears at the afternoon Tea Dance. On our last night, we enjoyed a gorgeous sunset cruise. All in all, it was a fantastic, magical, exciting trip. Let's do this again sometime!

Sunset cruise

Monday, July 2, 2012

Ringmasters & Fabulous Oddities

This Friday, July 6, my exhibit with Thomas Acevedo opens at the Lyman-Eyer Gallery in Provincetown. The reception begins at 7 PM, and the gallery is located at 432 Commercial St. Visit their website for more details. Here's a bit more about my new series that will be featured in the show:

With a nod to vintage circus, sideshow, and burlesque posters, my series Ringmasters & Fabulous Oddities portrays scantily-clad male figures as star attractions. Their roles are varied – from The Snake Charmer with his cool, seductive gaze to The Bear Tamer, shown losing control of his act (and his pants!). This series also features two contemporary male burlesque dancers, Tom DeLish and Bobbie Burlesque, both of whom entice their audience to new understandings of male sexuality. By placing men center-stage as both storytellers and objects of desire, I seek to challenge traditional ideologies around gender roles. And the sumptuous imagery of the big top provides a perfect setting for viewers to be dazzled and delighted in the process. Step right up...

Time For Me To Fly
The Snake Charmer
Bird of Paradise
The Strong and Silent Type
The Bear Tamer
The Bondage Breaker
The Strongman
If you are interested in purchase information for the original paintings, visit my page on the Lyman-Eyer Gallery website here. Limited-edition prints are also available through the gallery as well as my online store.

I'm really looking forward to bringing this circus to P-Town, and seeing the paintings of my talented fellow exhibitor, Thomas Acevedo. Hope you can join us too! 



Friday, June 22, 2012

The Strongman

The Strongman, oil on canvas by Paul Richmond
Being a weightlifter has its ups and downs. My new painting The Strongman features a little of both - up go the weights, down goes the dignity! This is the final piece for my Ringmasters & Fabulous Oddities series which will be on display at the Lyman-Eyer Gallery opening July 6. The Strongman is available to purchase through the Lyman-Eyer Gallery. Visit my page on their site for details. Small, medium, and large limited-edition prints are currently available in my online store.
The Strongman (detail), oil on canvas by Paul Richmond

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The Bondage Breaker

The Bondage Breaker, oil on canvas by Paul Richmond
My new painting The Bondage Breaker features my friend Bobbie Burlesque in a pose inspired by the great Houdini. This is the newest piece in my Ringmasters & Fabulous Oddities series, which will be on display at the Lyman-Eyer Gallery in Provincetown next month. The Bondage Breaker is available to purchase through the Lyman-Eyer Gallery. Visit my page on their site for details. It will be held until the exhibition, opening July 6. Small, medium, and large limited-edition prints are currently available in my online store.

The Bondage Breaker (Detail), oil on canvas by Paul Richmond

Thursday, May 24, 2012

The Bear Tamer

"The Bear Tamer," oil on canvas by Paul Richmond, 30" x 24"
This one's for the bears! My new Cheesecake Boy painting "The Bear Tamer" is the newest painting in my Ringmasters & Fabulous Oddities series. Anything goes under the big top, including this handsome fellow's pants! "The Bear Tamer" is available to purchase through the Lyman-Eyer Gallery. Visit my page on their site for details. It will be held until the exhibition this summer, opening July 6. Small, medium, and large limited-edition prints are currently available in my online store.

"The Bear Tamer" (detail), oil on canvas by Paul Richmond, 30" x 24"
"The Bear Tamer" (detail), oil on canvas by Paul Richmond, 30" x 24"
"The Bear Tamer" (detail), oil on canvas by Paul Richmond, 30" x 24"

Thursday, May 3, 2012

From a Different Flock

I will be curating an exhibit at the Ohio Art League Gallery called "From a Different Flock," featuring three artists - Brooke Albrecht, Eric Albrecht, and Brian Williams - whose work is a celebration of our fine-feathered friends. 

Are you nomadic as an ostrich or enthusiastic as a woodpecker? Will you eat crow today or be as graceful as a swan? 



Brooke Albrecht
Brooke Albrecht’s quirky and colorful illustrations share her childlike wonder at the absurdity of the world around us and provoke lighthearted introspection.



Eric Albrecht
Eric Albrecht’s wooden sculptures surprise us with their whimsy. His mastery of woodworking merged with the mechanics of childhood toys from yesteryear never fail to bring a smile to young and old alike.



Brian Williams
Brian Williams’ paintings and drawings are filled with delightfully dark tension. In his amusing "Fowl Fraternity" series, the direct gaze of the personified fowl leaves the viewer questioning his or her own humanity in the face of such dignified poise.

The flock is gathering to celebrate on Thursday, May 31, 2012 from 5:00PM to 8:00PM at the Ohio Art League Gallery in the Gateway Building at 1552 N. High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43201. Visit the Facebook invitation for more details.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

The Strong and Silent Type

"The Strong and Silent Type," oil on canvas by Paul Richmond, 24" x 30"
The latest addition to my circus series is a painting titled "The Strong and Silent Type." Many thanks to my friend, talented artist Brian Williams, for modeling for this piece (I'll include some behind-the-scenes pics below from our photo-shoot!). "The Strong and Silent Type" is available to purchase through the Lyman-Eyer Gallery. Visit my page on their site for details. It will be held until the exhibition this summer, opening July 6. Small, medium, and large limited-edition prints are currently available in my online store.

"The Strong and Silent Type" (detail), oil on canvas by Paul Richmond, 24" x 30"

Pics from photo-shoot with Brian Williams

Circus Poster

Check out the beautiful circus poster by designer Aaron Anderson promoting my new painting series.


Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Bird of Paradise

"Bird of Paradise," oil on canvas by Paul Richmond, 24" x 30"
My new painting is a portrait of the amazing boylesque performer Tom DeLish. Titled "Bird of Paradise," it features Tom decked out in the finest peacock couture. "Bird of Paradise" is available to purchase through the Lyman-Eyer Gallery. Visit my page on their site for details. It will be held until the exhibition this summer, opening July 6. Small, medium, and large limited-edition prints are currently available in my online store.

Also, check out the Tom DeLish website if you'd like to learn more about this fabulous entertainer.




Saturday, March 10, 2012

The Snake Charmer

"The Snake Charmer," oil on canvas by Paul Richmond, 40" x 30"
My new painting, “The Snake Charmer,” is the latest in a series of circus/sideshow inspired pieces for my show this summer at the Lyman-Eyer Gallery. I’m enjoying putting my own spin on this theme, in this case modifying the traditional snake charmer image with a tattooed rendition of my own “charmer,” my partner Dennis. “The Snake Charmer” is available to purchase through the Lyman-Eyer Gallery. Visit my page on their site for details. It will be held until the exhibition this summer, opening July 6 and closing July 18. Small, medium, and large limited-edition prints are currently available in my online store.







Thursday, February 9, 2012

Work-In-Progress

Here's a peek in my studio at my new painting in progress. This is the second piece for my show in July at the Lyman-Eyer Gallery, and the handsome model is my partner Dennis.



Saturday, January 21, 2012

Time For Me To Fly

Time For Me To Fly, oil on canvas by Paul Richmond, 30" x 40"
My new painting, a self-portrait called "Time For Me To Fly," is the first in a series inspired by classic circus, sideshow, and burlesque posters. The series will be featured in my upcoming two-person exhibit at the Lyman-Eyer Gallery with Thomas Acevedo, opening Friday, July 6.  

"Time For Me to Fly" is currently available for purchase, though it will be held for the exhibition. There are large and medium size limited-edition prints available as well. Visit my page on the Lyman-Eyer Gallery website for more information.

Time For Me To Fly, (DETAIL) oil on canvas by Paul Richmond
Time For Me To Fly, (DETAIL) oil on canvas by Paul Richmond

Friday, January 20, 2012

Exhibit: Thomas Acevedo & Paul Richmond

I'm excited to announce that I will be part of a two-person exhibit this summer at Lyman-Eyer Gallery  in Provincetown with one of my favorite artists, Thomas Acevedo. Here's one of his incredible paintings, "The Prudent Man."


For my part, I am creating a new series called "Ringmasters & Fabulous Oddities," a series inspired by vintage circus, sideshow, and burlesque posters.

I hope you can join Thomas and me for the opening reception on Friday, July 6 at 7 PM. Here's a link to the gallery's website with more info: Lyman-Eyer Gallery. The gallery owner tells me this is a busy time of year there, so if you're interested in attending, he recommends making travel arrangements early. See you in P-Town!