on december 3rd, 2010 a living legend will descend on hollywood and antebellum gallery.
ROBERT W. RICHARDS will has his first solo exhibition @ antebellum gallery-
ROBERT W. RICHARDS~ LEGEND
the artwork of a living legend
6pm til 9pm
(on exhibit thru december 18th)
special salon event-
SKETCH WITH A LEGEND
a one time only drawing salon hosted & instructed by
ROBERT W. RICHARDS
1pm till 3pm- $30
4pm- tea with a legend
informal chat with ROBERT W. RICHARDS
4pm til 6pm- $10 cover
1643 N LAS PALMAS AVE
HOLLYWOOD, CA 90028
ROBERT W. RIICHARDS-
is an internationally acclaimed artist whose subjects have ranged from the highest of high society to the lowest of low life.. In the early 1980’s, he began, drawing and interviewing every major male porn star who had ever unzipped for the camera, an odyssey which eventually spanned four decades.
MR. RICHARDS has created portraits of everyone from LIZA, PEGGY LEE, LENA HORNE, WARHOL, to CASEY DONOVAN, PETER BERLIN, JACK WRANGLER, RYAN IDOL and JEFF STRYKER.
A collection of his drawings can be seen in the book “Allure,” published by Bruno Gmuender Books.
about the artist-
Described by Time Out magazine as "ICONIC"- artist Robert W Richards now in his fifth decade of drawing shows no symptoms of slowing down.
Richards started drawing professionally at the age of sixteen , doing ads for fashionable shops on Newbury street, Boston's version of Madison Avenue.
"As I was growing up in a dreary little factory town in Maine my seemingly unattainable dream was always to live and work in New York. So, barely of legal age, I made the move and I was instantly HOME!
From the late sixties to the mid-seventies I had the best of fashion illustration commissions- covering the Haute Couture shows in Paris and Rome, the high fashion runways in New York and London - working side by side with my idol
Kenn Paul Block. Intimidating, but thrilling!
Eventually the relentless travel and the monotony of endless shows took their toll. I now wanted to draw the people who wore the clothes not just the clothes. I wanted to draw MEN! Being typecast as a fashion artist,
someone who, it was assumed, could only draw stylized, elongated, unapproachable looking women proved an obstacle. Then the light came on! Gay magazines! Those doors flew open and a whole new career was underway.
Through the rest of the seventies, the eighties and nineties I interviewed and drew every major porn star of the era.
I drew endlessly for the gay rags - Torso, Men, Mandate, Honcho, Blue Boy.
All the while I continued my fashion and beauty work, designing Broadway posters, packaging CD's -
Lena Horne, Sinatra, Anita O'Day, Peggy Lee, Betty Buckley all the way to Jackie Beat and Dirty Sanchez.
I'm as busy now as I ever have been. I've had two books "ALLURE" and "DIRTY LITTLE DRAWINGS" published by Bruno Gmunder, gallery shows at Leslie-Lohman, Feature Gallery and the contemporary Arts Center.
In 2009 at the prestigious Society of Illustrators I curated a major show of Fashion Illustration, unbelievably the first in New York since 1986.
At this advanced stage of my game, I remain as hungry as I was at the very beginning and to this moment my motto remains - NEXT!"
ANTEBELLUM gallery is proud to present ROBERT W. RICHARDS first solo west coast exhibition.
1643 n las palmas ave
hollywood, ca 90028