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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

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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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Origins by paulypants
Origins
From my War Paint series.
Limited-edition prints: paulrichmond.bigcartel.com/pro…

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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Battleground by paulypants
Battleground

Limited-edition prints: paulrichmond.bigcartel.com/pro…

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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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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:iconziffler:
ziffler Featured By Owner 1 day ago
I love your gallery.  I love the humorous take to your art.
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charlesarcher Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Professional Photographer
Happy Birthday, Paul!
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luciferusss Featured By Owner 4 days ago
Happy Birthday! :cake:
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Schlissel-art Featured By Owner 4 days ago
happy birthday! 8D
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Amasov Featured By Owner 5 days ago
Very best birthday wishes! :party: :cake:
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Danie-E Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
 Blower fella (Party) Party HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Handshake Flowers fella (Love)
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Retloh Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  New member 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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