I recently discovered a New York street artist named Paul Richard and the more I learn about his work, the more I am crazy about it. This man – like many other street artists I agree – has been working for years at turning New York into a giant art gallery that all citizens and visitors can enjoy constantly and for free. And with him, street art is taken to another level…
|Piece of art on the West sidewalk|
of 10th Avenue between 22nd and 23rd Streets
Paul Richard is a Boston and New York-based artist well known for his paintings – Christina Aguilera, apparently, has a big portrait of his in her bedroom – but also for his beautiful elegant portraits of gentlemen that you can find on many of New York City’s sidewalks. A perfect example of New York’s eccentricity, his work is unique, sophisticated and timeless; it is also
inconspicuous so you can easily miss it if you don’t pay attention to the ground you are walking on.
More than 10 years ago, Paul Richard created designated art: he basically started declaring as works of art urban infrastructures and unlikely objects by creating little art exhibit plaques and attaching them to different things on the streets, for instance tree stumps, fire hydrants and lamp posts. He even put an estimate value on some items!
Here are some resources to learn more about this very captivating artist:
- His Website, where you can discover a few of his art works
- An interesting video that really shows Paul Richard's uniqueness
- Some example of designated art here, here and here
I am still working on finding Paul Richard’s art works in the city; as far as I know there is a gentleman drawing on the West sidewalk of 10th Avenue between West 22nd Street and West 23rd Street and one on West 23rd Street on the North sidewalk between 7th and 8th Avenues. But the artist also left his mark on the Meatpacking District as well as in Soho and NoLiTa, and even in some areas of Brooklyn.
Does anyone know about some exact locations of his pieces of art?