The Provocative Works of Robert W. Richards
New York artist Robert W. Richards combines elements of mid-century glamor with his provocative and erotic illustration, continuing a stylized legacy of earlier "fetish" artists. Richards, best known for his drawings of celebrities, gay porn stars, and hyper-masculine straight men, creates his images with an unmistakeable aesthetic of simplicity. His minimal and carefully placed brushstrokes, bold and spartan coloration, and creative manipulation of negative space become the integral components in his visual innuendo. His work may at once seem a hybrid of pulp fiction art, caricature, and voyeurism. However, his portraits, poses, and vignettes have always prodded our imaginations to fill in the more blatant details, proving that a visual need not be graphic to be highly charged and erotic.