Larry Richardson ~ Artist
Represented by BlackCommentator.com
For purchasing details please contact
Larry Richardson at [email protected]
The original painting has been sold and
was mixed media and collage
Giclee prints on high quality Arches Watercolor paper
100% cotton 356 grams museum quality
32 inches by 32 inches (unframed)
Limited Edition Size: 150
Giclee Signed & Numbered by the Artist
Giclee Print Price: $1,100 USD
What is a Giclee?
A Giclee (pronounced Zhee-Clay) is a very
high end digitally produced archival quality print. Giclees are printed
on archival substrates, such as Arches Cold Press watercolor papers,
Somerset watercolor papers or specially prepared canvases, with archival,
light fast inks, at a very high resolution. Depending on the medium
of the original work, giclees are printed on paper or canvas. Watercolor
paintings render very well on the watercolor papers, and oil paintings
printed as canvas giclees have the rich tonal quality of original oil
paintings. Canvas giclees are also coated with a special finishing
media to protect the surface. Canvas giclees are stretched and framed
as one would display an original oil painting. Watercolor giclees are
typically framed behind glass, as one would do with an original watercolor
Since I returned to painting in 1995 I have
wanted to express the beauty in our African heritage. To show the diversity
that the Diaspora gave us in various other cultures in the world. I
have tried to present our culture as seen not only in the context of
the pain and suffering inflicted on us in the days of slavery but to
bring forward those cultural contributions, and legacies we left in
Spain, France, Italy and other places of the world. Truly, that is
what the Diaspora was about... the dispersion of culture.
When looking at the many histories on art
and researching many of the famous old masters, our image is present
even in medieval times. Anti-Black racism in the modern sense was unknown
in the Middle Ages; Blacks were simply part of the human race.
In the latter Middle Ages there were even
black saints and one of the Magi was accurately shown as black. Most
literature on Black American artists is approached as though it was
a form of expression separate from the so-called majority culture.
This critical isolation in terms of art comes from the tradition of
classifying people and their culture by race. I feel the crucial issue
is the quality of work and it’s relevance to the society in which
it was created.
As an artist it is not my color that gives
me the inspiration or the capacity to produce a desired result, but
the ability to be sensitive to the various conditions of life that
face all mankind.
My first showing of some of these paintings
was called “Lost Images Found Paintings from the Soul” reinforcing
the importance of our culture in various parts of the world.
Three shows followed after that. One
expanded on cultural isolation and the other specifically was to
present a new approach to Afro-American figurative art merging the
contemporary and the classical forms.
The objective of my vision is to
heighten the awareness of those who view figurative images in my
art and to stimulate one’s thought and imagination. The end
result is a series of paintings and drawings that form cultural links
between our past and our future.