Richard Colman, just a slightly different illustrator

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.

Aleksandr Pasevin
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