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Honored to have my Cheesecake Boys featured by The Advocate. Check out the article here: www.advocate.com/arts-entertai…
Catch of the Day by paulypants
Catch of the Day
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It was just another casual beachside stroll for our Cheesecake Boy hunk, until his shorts got snagged by a fisherman’s hook! Onlookers must suspect something fishy is going on as our hapless hero topples to the ground – his cheeks turning the same shade of red as his now-exposed undies. Only time will tell what happens next once the lucky fisherman reels in his greatest catch yet!

CHEESECAKE BOYS series
The Cheesecake series grew out of my fascination with pin-up art from the 40’s and 50’s. It was a more innocent time (at least on the surface), and I love the elaborate scenarios that artists like Gil Elvgren and Art Frahm concocted in order to justify disrobing their subjects. A loose nail, a doorknob, or a brisk wind would all work in a pinch, resulting in hapless models accidentally exposing their unmentionables. I’m interested in exploring how gender roles were reinforced by these artistic expressions of sexuality. It intrigues me that it was considered sexy for a woman’s skirt to be ripped off before a crowd of oglers, while the male pin-up was only exposed when he wanted to be. Times certainly have changed! Men may have had a free pass on wardrobe malfunctions in the good old days, but my Cheesecake Boys are here to even the score.
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Camouflage by paulypants
Camouflage
I’m excited to share the newest addition to my War Paint series – Camouflage – a portrait of activists Joshua and Steve Snyder-Hill. Visit my website for more details and pricing info. Limited-edition prints as well as the original painting are available now. paulrichmondstudio.com/2015/04…
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His Darkness by paulypants
His Darkness
Oil on canvas, 36" x 48"

From my "War Paint" series, featuring model Jesse Archer

Original painting:
paulrichmond.bigcartel.com/pro…

Limited-edition prints:
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©2015 Paul Richmond

WAR PAINT Series 
“They understand only too well the liberation into savagery that the concealing paint brought.” –Lord of the Flies, William Golding

Body painting has significance in many cultures and serves a variety of purposes from spiritual cleansing to battle preparation. My War Paint series draws upon this rich symbolism to investigate the construction of identity. In these paintings, the modern masculine form becomes the canvas, a painted object of his own creation. Reality and abstraction compete within the figurative foundation of each piece to make the subjects’ inner struggles more tangible. The application of pigment is suggestive of their psychological states, the color of their self-made armor exposing more than it conceals. This work also challenges conventions around masculinity and the male form. 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.

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Deep Red by paulypants
Deep Red
A self-portrait addition to my "War Paint" series. Purchase limited-edition prints here: paulrichmond.bigcartel.com/pro…

About War Paint

“They understand only too well the liberation into savagery that the concealing paint brought.” Lord of the Flies, William Golding

Body painting has significance in many cultures and serves a variety of purposes from spiritual cleansing to battle preparation. My War Paint series draws upon this rich symbolism to investigate the construction of identity. In these paintings, the modern masculine form becomes the canvas, a painted object of his own creation. Reality and abstraction compete within the figurative foundation of each piece to make the subjects’ inner struggles more tangible. The application of pigment is suggestive of their psychological states, the color of their self-made armor exposing more than it conceals. This work also challenges conventions around masculinity and the male form. 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.

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Paul Richmond
United States
Paul Richmond is an internationally recognized visual artist and activist whose paintings draw inspiration from his own experiences as a young gay man. He graduated from Columbus College of Art and Design in 2002 and came out of the closet shortly thereafter. Since then, his artwork has become a vehicle for exploring and understanding his own journey, as well as developing a dialogue with other members of the LGBTQ community. Influenced by his own struggles as he came to terms with his sexual identity, he seeks to challenge social constructs that exist around sexual orientation and gender roles.

His 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 from around the globe. Paul is currently represented by Lyman-Eyer Gallery in Provincetown, Massachusetts. In his role as the Associate Art Director for Dreamspinner Press and their young adult imprint, Harmony Ink Press, he has created over two hundred and fifty novel cover illustrations. He teaches community art classes for Stonewall Columbus. He has volunteered with the Kaleidoscope Youth Center, encouraging LGBTQ teens to use art as a means of self-exploration and expression. 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 the language, visual, and performing arts.

Paul shares his life with husband, Dennis Niekro. They were married in a group ceremony with twenty-four other LGBT couples in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building in June 2013. Together, they are committed to using their artistic talents to raise equality awareness.
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ziffler Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015
I love your gallery.  I love the humorous take to your art.
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charlesarcher Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015  Professional Photographer
Happy Birthday, Paul!
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luciferusss Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015
Happy Birthday! :cake:
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Schlissel-art Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015
happy birthday! 8D
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Amasov Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015
Very best birthday wishes! :party: :cake:
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Danie-E Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
 Blower fella (Party) Party HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Handshake Flowers fella (Love)
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Retloh Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Student General Artist
Hello! I looked into the project you directed me to and think it's amazing! I sent a submission along :D
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amant-du-loup Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015
Your work is incredible!!
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cutewerewolfgirl Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Remember me?
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BondageOfVice Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey,

I think your gallery is very amazing.
Therefore, your oil technique from the your War Paint series is drop-dead.
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