The Precarious Plight of Paul Richmond's Pinups

Richmond’s flirty homages to the pinups of the last century get an extra pinch of sass from celebrity appearances.

Reprinted fromt he Advocate – BY CHRISTOPHER HARRITY

APRIL 25 2015 4:00 AM ET

 A classic example of an Art Frahm damsel in panty distress

A classic example of an Art Frahm damsel in panty distress

First of all, it shouldn’t matter that Paul Richmond is adorable. And it doesn’t, but we needed to get that off our chest. (Go see his YouTube page.)

Richmond’s creative output is widely varied, but in this portfolio we concentrate on these happy bits of Americana. The world news has not been so great lately, and knowing that we are entering another election cycle makes us want to drown puppies. But seeing these lighthearted takeoffs on the classic calendar pinups of Art Frahm makes everything seem alright again. And isn’t that a great reason for art? To uplift the spirits?

Paul Richmond is an internationally recognized visual artist and activist whose paintings draw inspiration from his own experiences as a young gay man. He graduated from Columbus College of Art and Design in Ohio in 2002 and came out of the closet shortly thereafter. Since then, his artwork has become a vehicle for exploring and understanding his own journey as well as developing a dialogue with other LGBTQ people.

His career has included exhibitions in galleries throughout the United States as well as publication in numerous art journals and anthologies. He has created over 250 novel cover illustrations. He teaches community art classes for Stonewall Columbus. He has volunteered with the Kaleidoscope Youth Center, encouraging LGBTQ teens to use art as a means of self-exploration and expression. He is a cofounder of the You Will Rise Project, an organization that empowers those who have experienced bullying to speak out creatively through the language, visual, and performing arts..

Paul shares his life with husband, Dennis Niekro. They were married in a group ceremony with 24 other same-sex couples in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building in June 2013. Together, they are committed to using their artistic talents to raise equality awareness.

Connect with Paul and enjoy his work here on his website, on Facebook, on Twitter, on Tumblr, and on Instagram.

Catch of the Day

Catch of the Day

Stop Shop and Drop (starring Dale Levitski)

Stop Shop and Drop (starring Dale Levitski)

A Fitting Surprise

A Fitting Surprise

Beach Bum (starring Alan Ilagan)

Beach Bum (starring Alan Ilagan)

In Hot Pursuit (starring Jesse Archer)

In Hot Pursuit (starring Jesse Archer)

Christmas Lights

Christmas Lights

Blast From the Past (starring Darryl Stephens)

Blast From the Past (starring Darryl Stephens)

Rear View

Rear View

The Bear Tamer

The Bear Tamer

Size Matters (starring Jack Mackenroth)

Size Matters (starring Jack Mackenroth)

Flash of Gold (starring Ari Gold)

Flash of Gold (starring Ari Gold)

Say Cheese Cake (starring Mike Ruiz)

Say Cheese Cake (starring Mike Ruiz)

Rip Off (starring Alec Mapa)

Rip Off (starring Alec Mapa)

Peeping Perez (starring Perez Hilton)

Peeping Perez (starring Perez Hilton)

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