About

Paul Richmond is an internationally recognized visual artist and activist whose career has included exhibitions in galleries and museums throughout the United States as well as publication in numerous art journals and anthologies. His work is collected by individuals around the globe. In his role as the Associate Art Director for Dreamspinner Press and their young adult imprint, Harmony Ink Press, he has created over four 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 art. He lives with his husband Dennis and two whippets in Monterey, California. He works and teaches at Open Ground Studios in Seaside. 

Artist Statement

PROMISELAND

“You are your own Promised Land, your own new frontier.” - Julia Cameron 

Promiseland is an allegorical theme-park that the figures in this series are seeking, discovering, or remembering. Its physical properties vary because Promiseland exists only in the subjects’ imaginations, but its significance is rooted in their common efforts to chart a path through obstacles in order to reach their destination. 

The theme-park metaphor was inspired by a childhood memory of my family’s Disney World vacation. My dad and I had a memorable experience on the ride Peter Pan’s Flight. We were flying over Neverland in a magical ship until a technical malfunction brought us to a screeching halt. Sparks flew, lights flickered, and giant ladders were set up so we could climb down to safety. It was a jarring moment in which fantasy came crashing into reality. Promiseland builds upon that idea with surrealistic scenarios blending reality and abstraction. The figures are rendered in detail while traveling through environments that dissolve into gestural brushstrokes and fragmented prismatic shapes. Often a hint of Promiseland appears in the background, raising more questions than it answers. 

Allusions to the paintings of Albert Bierstadt are another motif that weave throughout this series. His lavish frontier paintings marketed the concept of westward expansion to settlers in the nineteenth century, offering them a sweeping promised land of their own. My work is an exploration of what happens when the long sought out destination begins to manifest. Does reality measure up to expectation, and what is the impact on the traveler? 

My husband and I moved to California two years ago after having lived our entire lives in Ohio, so the themes of travel and transformation are personal. Our adventure came with many incredible discoveries, like breathtaking vistas I had only seen in photographs (and Bierstadt paintings), and a thriving community of wonderful new artist friends. But there have also been challenges. Adventures are usually more complicated than they seem at the outset, and ours has included moments of sadness, loss, and disillusion. Through the process of painting Promiseland and populating it with friends and family, I am attempting to locate myself within my own journey as I recognize that the places I’ve been and the people I’ve encountered are integral parts of who I am and how I approach the roads ahead. 

 

Exhibitions

(*solo shows)

2018

*Promiseland, Elmarie H. Dyke Gallery, Pacific Grove Art Center, Pacific Grove, California.

*The Naked Eye, Faust, Santa Cruz, California.

2017

*Face to Face, Open Ground Studios, Monterey, California.

The Great Attractor, Street Smart IV, Terra Firma, New York, New York. Curated by Jarrod Serafine.

Group Exhibition, Open Ground Studios, Monterey, California. Curated by Denise Sanders.

Group Exhibition, Rossetti Fine Art Gallery, Wilton Manors, Florida. Curated by Tom Rossetti.

2016

Group Exhibition, Art Saves Lives Gallery, San Francisco, California. Curated by Thomasina Demaio.

*War Paint, Copious, Columbus, Ohio. Curated by Colleen Scott.

*War Paint, Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science, Evansville, Indiana. Curated by Joycelyn Todisco. March 3 – May 4, 2016.

Group Exhibition, Rossetti Fine Art Gallery, Wilton Manors, Florida. Curated by Tom Rossetti.

2015

Pennington Custom Art Services Presents Brickbox Studios, Pennington Custom Art Services, Clintonville, Ohio. Curated by Todd Rector. May 21 – June 30, 2015.

2014

*War Paint, Lyman-Eyer Gallery, Provincetown, Massachusetts. Curated by James Lyman.

Group Exhibition, Lyman-Eyer Gallery, Provincetown, Massachusetts. Curated by James Lyman.

2013

Group Exhibition, Lyman-Eyer Gallery, Provincetown, Massachusetts. Curated by James Lyman.

2012

*Ringmasters & Fabulous Oddities, Lyman-Eyer Gallery, Provincetown, Massachusetts. Curated by James Lyman.

Group Exhibition, Lyman-Eyer Gallery, Provincetown, Massachusetts. Curated by James Lyman.

2011

It Gets Better/Make It Better, 13Forest Gallery, Arlington, MA. Curated by Paula Tognarelli, Executive Director of the Griffin Museum.

Hotter Than July: A Sexploration, NY Studio Gallery, New York, New York. Curated by Savannah Spirit.

2010

*Cheesecake, Center on Halsted Gallery, Chicago, Illinois. Curated by David Joseph.

*Cheesecake Boys Extravaganza, Luxboheme, Columbus, Ohio. Curated by Priscila Teixeira.

Love Conquers All: Art for Equality, Thinkspace Gallery, Culver City, California. Invitational.

GLAAD OUTAuction, Metropolitan Pavilion, New York City. Curated by Harvey Redding. Invitational.

Stripped Uncensored, LGBT Community Center, New York City. Curated by Harvey Redding. Invitational.

Sweet ‘n Low: Optimism in a Pessimistic Age, Gallery Arcane, San Francisco, California. Curated by Karyn Jane Hunt. Invitational.

Spring Juried Exhibition, Ohio Art League, Columbus, Ohio. Juried by David Pagel.

2009

Being Gay: A Visual Dialogue Between Straight and LGBTQ Artists, 2nd City Council Art Gallery, Long Beach, California. Juried by David Burns, Austin Young, and Matias Viegener.

10th Annual Dirty Show, Bert’s Warehouse Theater, Detroit, Michigan. Invitational.

Exhibit of Pride, Stonewall Center, Columbus, Ohio. Juried by Michelle Lach and Nicholas Hill.

2008

RuPaul’s Drag Show, World of Wonder Gallery, Hollywood, CA. Curated by RuPaul. Invitational.

Art of Politics, Bar of Modern Art, Columbus, Ohio. Invitational.

Hollywood DC: Lights…Camera…Election!, World of Wonder Gallery, Hollywood, California. Invitational.

Annual Juried Exhibition, Ohio State Fair, Columbus, Ohio.

The Circus Show & Other Atrocities, A Bitchin’ Space, Sacramento, California. Curated by Gale Hart.

DOLLYPOP, World of Wonder Gallery, Hollywood, California. Curate by Marc Malkin. Invitational.

Art For Life, Columbus AIDS Task Force Benefit, City Center, Columbus, Ohio. Invitational.

2007

*Ins and Outs: A Revival, BOMA: Bar of Modern Art, Columbus, Ohio. Curated by Jamie Galbreath.

One Night, Ohio Art League, Columbus, Ohio. Invitational.

*Ins and Outs, Ohio Art League Gallery, Columbus, Ohio. Curated by Cat Sheridan.

DIFFA’s Dining By Design, CCAD Design Studios, Columbus, Ohio. Invitational.

2006

95th Annual Spring Juried Exhibition, Ohio Art League, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio. Juried by Claudine Isé.

WHITE OUT, Stonewall Columbus, Columbus, Ohio. Invitational.

Recent Works: Brian Williams and Paul Richmond, Worthington Arts Council, Worthington, Ohio. Curated by Cat Sheridan.

Art For Life, Columbus AIDS Task Force Benefit, Canzani Center, Columbus, Ohio. Invitational.

2005

Mistletoe Mania, Neo V Gallery, Grandview, Ohio. Curated by Wynter Whiteside. Invitational.

Emerging Artists: A Collection, Legend Gallery at The Armory, Zanesville, Ohio. Invitational.

Explorations in 2.5 Dimensions, Camelot Cellars, Columbus, Ohio. Curated by Suzanne Byrd.

2004

Transformations: Fall Juried Exhibition, Ohio Art League, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio.

An Exhibit of Pride, Garfield Place, Columbus, Ohio. Invitational.

2003

Annual Juried Exhibition, Ohio State Fair, Columbus, Ohio.

2002

Emerging Artist Exhibition, Art Access Gallery, Bexley, Ohio. Invitational.

The Art of Illustration, Roy G. Biv Gallery, Columbus, Ohio.

 

Selected Bibliography

2018

Keith Roark, "Interview with Artist Paul Richmond," Kristian Comes Undone, September 2018 [view article]

"Coming Out on Canvas," Coming Out Space, May 2018 [view article]

"Artist Interview: Paul Richmond," YAC Studios, April 2018 [view article]

"Paul Richmond Discusses Art & Diversity," Our Queer Experience Podcast, March 2018 [interview link]

"The Naked Eye by Artist Paul Richmond," Booooooom, February 2018 [view article]

Curtis M. Wong, "This Artist Is Tackling 'Toxic, Fragile' Masculinity In A Colorful Way," Huffington Post, February 2018 [view article]

2017

"Art Gallery: Paul Richmond," Jack the Lad Magazine, issue 9, Spring/Summer 2017 [view magazine]

"Artist Creates T-Shirt to Raise Awareness About LGBT Chechnya Evacuations," Gay Pop Buzz, May 2017 [view article]

Scott Fullerton, "Paul Richmond Colors Our World With Art," Left of Str8 Show, June 2017 [interview link]

Salandra, Adam, "Make Your Own Pin-Up Art With This 'Cheesecake Boys' Adult Coloring Book," NewNowNext, April 2017 [view article]

"Coloring Party with Paul Richmond & Aaron Anderson," Jeff & Will's Big Gay Fiction Podcast, April 2017 [watch interview]

"Adult Coloring Book 'Cheesecake Boys' Celebrates the Male Pin-Up," Instinct Magazine, February 2017 [view article]

Harrity, Christopher, "Color My Gay World," Advocate, February 2017 [view article]

Curtis M. Wong, "This Sweet (And Sexy) Adult Coloring Book Is A Gay Valentine Treat, Huffington Post, February 2017 [view article]

Jacobs, Blake, "Cheesecake Boys - An Adult Coloring Book of Hot Pinup Boys," The WOW Report, February 2017 [view article]

Garner, Glenn, "'Cheesecake Boys' is the Queer Pin-Up Coloring Book We Didn't Know We Needed," OUT, February 2017 [view article]

2016

Jane Smith, "Super Star Interviews: Paul Richmond," Bird Meets Worm, December 2016 [view interview]

"In The Galleries: War Paint," Advocate, February, 2016 [view article]

2015

Ed Kennedy, "The Joys of Cheesecake Boys' Spoofs Mellow Art Icon Bob Ross," NewNowNext, December, 2015 [view article]

Garrett Miller, “Paul Richmond: LGBT Artist and Activist,” Rated G Radio (radio program), November 2015 [interview link] 

Laura Dachenbach, "War on Canvas," 614 Magazine, August, 2015 [view article]

Christopher Harrity, "The Precarious Plight of Paul Richmond's Pinups," Advocate, April 25, 2015 [view article]

John Myers, "Artist Spotlight: Paul Richmond," Kinkster Mag, February 2, 2015 [view article]

2014

Will Stroude, "Gay Artist Paints Men in Typical Pin-Up Poses," Attitude Magazine, December 11, 2014 [view article]

Douglas, "Artist, Activist, and Storyteller, Paul Richmond," On Air With Douglas (radio program), November 26, 2014 [interview link]

Ana B.K., "War Paint," Widewalls, September 2, 2014 [view article]

JJ Vincent, "War Paint: New Images of Men and Masculinity," The Good Men Project, August 22, 2014 [view article]

Nicolas Tarier, "Fantastic Paintings by Paul Richmond," Art-Spire, August 19, 2014 [view article]

Curtis M. Wong, "Paul Richmond's 'War Paint' Series Challenges Masculine Conventions, The Male Form," The Huffington Post, August 18, 2014 [view article]

Michael Lyons, "Love Is a Battlefield," DailyXtra, August 14, 2014 [view article]

Leon Krauze, "Best Flood Ever: Reimagining Noah's Ark As A Gay Cruise," Open Source With Leon Krauze (tv program), March 28, 2014 [watch interview]

2013

Kennedy, James, "Capolavoro: Masterpiece of Man," Capolavoro Publishing, 2013 [purchase link]

Curtis M. Wong, "Paul Richmond's 'Cheesecake Boys' Features Men in Classic Pin-Up Poses," The Huffington Post, May 8, 2013 [view article]

Donna Dickens, "12 Spectacular Illustrations of Men in Classic Pin-Up Poses," Buzzfeed, May 7, 2013 [view article]

Roy Mitchell, "Matadora and Cheesecake," Roynation (radio program), May 7, 2013 [interview link]

E. Hirano, "Paul Richmond," Noisy Rain, issue 13 (magazine), January, 2013 [magazine link]

2012

Paul Vitagliano (DJ Paul V.), "Born This Way: Real Stories of Growing Up Gay," Quirk Books, 2012 [book link]