In his series, The Masks We Wear, Paul Richmond portrays diverse characters who “thrive within the outskirts of mainstream society despite being regarded as invisible by the conservative patriarchy”.
There’s an expressive application of paint that gives the Californian artist’s subjects an undeniable presence while the gestural, emotive marks suggest their resounding humanity.
Masks, often tools for disguise, take on a metaphorical role that connect the models to a greater narrative, engaging a dialogue of identity, otherness, and personal mythology.
“My treatment of form explores both reality and abstraction, engaging colour, shape, and pattern to continuously deconstruct and rebuild,” Richmond tells Creative Boom. “The painterly surface becomes a mask in itself – the visceral, emotive marks reduce the literalness of the depiction while invoking a more substantive connection to the figure and their story.”
American Dreamer © Paul Richmond
Mise en Face © Paul Richmond
Wounded Healer © Paul Richmond
Not What You Think © Paul Richmond
The Creator © Paul Richmond
Out of the Shadows © Paul Richmond
Salvage © Paul Richmond
Cloaked © Paul Richmond
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