This quite odd and rebellious illustrator never thought that in the future he will organize his own exhibitions, that people will flow to them like to a biggest event. Since childhood, drawing seemed like just an innocent game for him, which later grew into an incurable disease. Richard Colman can be called an informal illustrator: body ornamented with tattoos, aggressive step and provocative clothing, works created in trance, triggered off by Burzum.
Rarely among today‘s young illustrators one can find a successful one, who has chosen a more radical lifestyle and is producing works in an interesting way. When looking at R.Colman‘s works, an experienced eye or an insight of an art critic is not needed to sense a chaotic author‘s personality and spot aesthetics, gentleness, peculiar for today‘s illustrators, tangled with undisguised, perversive cruelty. This feature ensured R. Colman a unique position among dozens of illustrators of this kind. It can be courageously claimed that not every illustrator has the courage to deviate even slightly from today‘s canons of depiction and, lets not fear this expression, stay in the market at the same time.
Born and raised in the calm suburbs of Washington, the young R.Colman would frequently get away to the capital to outpour his boiling rebellious temper on walls and in the heavy metal concerts. He appealed to the vibrant mass of the city, its civilization, soaked with hidden aggression, bursting out from time to time.
During one day, the illustrator could visit free museums and exhibitions, enjoy magnificent sculptures and paintings, and later disappear in a corner of a city, unlikely to be visited by tourists, to materialize the images, that have appeared in his imagination, on unwatched, wounded walls of the city.
R. Colman admits that he hadn‘t noticed the moment when his short-lived graffitis bit by bit found their way to paper in frames and then galleries. We live in such a century, when the works of “vandals”, who used to hide during the night, become decorations of galleries. A peculiar paradox, self-denial, but this is already a different story and discussion.
Now, after wild and not exemplary art studies in Boston and work in New York, R.Colman peacefully lives in Hollywood, where he has established a studio, his exhibitions always achieve great interest and favourable responses. The illustrator has never taken his sickly desire to draw seriously, but that is how he earns living now. More of the author‘s works you can find here.