Artist Paul Richmond has just completed a painting of me from his “Cheesecake ” series. He’s amazingly talented and I love the final work. It depicts me measuring someone’s inseam as my pants ‘accidently’ fall down. God that happens to me constantly. I should really think about putting zippers and buttons on my designs. Oh well. At least that “Buns of Steel” video seems to be working.
About the artist:
Paul Richmond’s paintings have been displayed at venues including the World of Wonder Gallery, A Bitchin’ Space, BoMA: The Bar of Modern Art, and the Columbus Museum of Art.
Artist Paul Richmond
After graduating from Columbus College of Art and Design in 2002, Richmond worked on children’s books, concert merchandise, a nationally syndicated comic strip, a greeting card line, and a variety of large-scale murals. Only after coming out of the closet shortly thereafter did his fine artwork become a vehicle for exploring and understanding his own journey and developing a dialogue with other members of the GLBTQ community. His piece Remembering Tammy Faye was unveiled to celebrity guests at the late televangelist’s memorial celebration, and he helped organize a successful benefit for GLBTQ youth in association with his recent solo exhibition Ins and Outs.
Richmond’s work can be seen in the erotic art anthology Stripped Uncensored, published by Bruno Gmünder, as well as 100 Artists of the Male Figure by Schiffer Publishing.
He lives with his partner Dennis Niekro and their two whippets in Columbus, Ohio.
For more information go to PaulRichmondstudio.com.
Here’s the reference photo I provided.
And here is the painting in progress:
And here is the final painting. Amazing!!
It will be part of a larger exhibition in June. Details are below.
An Exhibit of Accidental Exhibitionism
Featuring paintings by Paul Richmond
Please join us for the opening reception of CHEESECAKE at the Center on Halsted in Chicago on Friday, June 11 from 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm.
Each of the paintings in CHEESECAKE depicts a gay male celebrity caught in a cheeky moment of accidental exposure reminiscent of classic pin-up art from the 40s and 50s. Some of the featured models include Jesse Archer, Perez Hilton, James St. James, Bobbie Burlesque, Dale Levitski, Bobby Trendy, Del Shores, Jack Mackenroth, Ari Gold, and more.
You can also buy prints of the the painting at Paul’s Etsy store here.
Here are paintings of my friends photographer Mike Ruiz and actor Jesse Archer.
- Mike Ruiz
- Jesse Archer
What Paul has to say about his work: “My Cheesecake paintings put a long overdue twist on classic pin-up art. I’m interested in challenging traditional gender roles that have been reinforced by artistic expressions of sexuality in the past. It intrigues me that it was almost exclusively women who were depicted as hapless victims of skin-baring circumstance, such as the pin-up girls by Gil Elvgrin and Art Frahm. Those ladies couldn’t even walk down the street without their skirts blowing up or their underwear falling down (or both!). Meanwhile, male pin-ups by artists like Tom of Finland were generally afforded more control over their sexy shenanigans. I believe gravity and other forces conspiring to rob people of their clothing should take an equal-opportunity approach. Therefore, the models for my Cheesecake exhibit are all men; in this case, gay male celebrities from various artistic arenas of pop culture including actor Jesse Archer, designer Bobby Trendy, musician Ari Gold, and blogger Perez Hilton. Each figure is shown in the midst of a revealing and “accidental” wardrobe malfunction, struggling to gather his aplomb and his pants without ever losing his cool.”
Other articles on Paul’s work here
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