“naturalhistory” by Richard Butler at Freight + Volume

Posted by The G on March 20, 2015 under Artsy Fartsy | Be the First to Comment

Photos by G.  Art by Richard Butler.

Richard Butler - naturalhistory

Richard Butler – naturalhistory

Richard Butler leads quite a busy life.  When he is not out on tour with his band The Psychedelic Furs, he is an accomplished painter, whose 3rd solo exhibit “naturalhistory” opens at Freight + Volume in New York on March 20, 2015.

Partial Gallery View

“naturalhistory”

If you follow this site (and I thank you kindly for your patronage), you are familiar both with Richard’s music, as well as his first two exhibits “hypochondriacatthegrammercyparkhotel” and  “ahatfulofrain” (Click on the hyperlinks and they will open in a new window).

Partial Gallery View

Partial Gallery View

In “naturalhistory,” Richard Butler again draws inspiration from his family, most notably his daughter Maggie, who is pictured below.

Maggie and Richard Butler at the opening night reception

Maggie and Richard Butler at the opening night reception

You can see the progression in Richard’s work as his paintings have evolved from being dark and fetishistic to paintings of a much more contemplative nature in his quest to show the viewer the emotion that hides behind the facade.

Richard Butler - naturalhistory

Richard Butler – naturalhistory

I had a nice chat with Richard at the opening for “naturalhistory” and the moment was captured by the amazing photographer Derek Storm.  You can see photos from the opening night party on Derek’s website.  The link will open in a new window.  I encourage you to take a look around his site because coming from someone that sees and does a ton of stuff, Derek definitely finds himself at the right place and the right time a lot.  RESPECT!

Richard Butler - naturalhistory 6

Richard Butler – naturalhistory

Back to Richard Butler.  “naturalhistory” by Richard Butler is showing at Freight + Volume, located at 530 West 24th Street in New York, through April 11, 2015.  Don’t miss it!

The Psychedelic Furs are also going to be hitting the road again in May 2015, and you can find out their tour dates on their official site.

“There’s A Riot Goin’ On” by Erik den Breejen at Freight + Volume

Posted by The G on May 12, 2014 under Artsy Fartsy | Read the First Comment

Photos by G.  Art by Erik den Breejen.

Lou Reed by Erik Den Breejen

Lou Reed by Erik Den Breejen

I love Erik den Breejen’s work.  As you are about to see from the photos, his latest exhibit “There’s a Riot Goin’ On” at Freight + Volume in New York pays tribute to many 1970s icons but with den Breejen’s signature twist – text makes up most of the painting.

Let’s take a closer look…

Closeup

Closeup

As you can see, lyrics to “Walk on The Wild Side” make up most of the painting!  So cool!

Liza Minnelli by Erik Den Breejen

Liza Minnelli by Erik Den Breejen

Richard Pryor by Erik Den Breejen

Richard Pryor by Erik Den Breejen

You can see photos from Erik’s 2011 exhibit “Smile” here.

There’s a Riot Going On” by Erik den Breejen is on view at Freight + Volume (located at 530 West 24th Street) in New York through June 7, 2014.

RÖMER + RÖMER: Party-Löwe at Freight + Volume

Posted by The G on April 16, 2014 under Artsy Fartsy | Be the First to Comment

Photos by G.  Art by RÖMER + RÖMER.

Romer + Romer

Romer + Romer

New York!  Head over to Freight +Volume to check out a cool exhibit from the Russian-German artist couple Nina Römer and Torsten Römer.  From far away, their works look like they are in 3-D and as you get closer, they look pixelated.

Romer + Romer

Romer + Romer

Let’s take a closer look:

Extreme Closeup

Extreme Closeup

Party-Löwe by RÖMER + RÖMER at Freight + Volume (located at 530 West 24th Street) in Manhattan is on display through April 26, 2014.

Romer + Romer

Romer + Romer

“ahatfulofrain” by Richard Butler at Freight + Volume

Posted by The G on April 19, 2013 under Artsy Fartsy, Encounters with G | Be the First to Comment

Photos by G.  Art by Richard Butler.

noisymouth by Richard Butler

noisymouth by Richard Butler

New York!  Make sure you head over to Freight + Volume to check out a new collection of paintings entitled “ahatfulofrain” by Richard Butler.  Yes, the same Richard Butler of the band Psychedelic Furs!  Being a fan of his music and his paintings, it’s so exciting to see a new body of his works on canvas because it shows off  a completely different side of the artist and you will see just how prolific he is.

Richard Butler - ahatfulofrain

Richard Butler – ahatfulofrain

His paintings, all inspired by his daughter, have a quality of mystery and darkness to each work and like I did at his last exhibit, I stood in front of each painting and imagined a back story as to what went down before the moment was captured.  My imaginary stories differed, but recurring theme stood out and that is, the person in these paintings have been through some crazy stuff!

Richard Butler - hatfulofrain

Richard Butler – hatfulofrain

Create your own backstories at this really cool exhibit, which is on display though May 25, 2013.

extreme closeup

extreme closeup

I spoke with Richard Butler at the opening night reception and as always, he was a very nice guy.  His art really moves me and I was able to express that to him as well as asking him if all of these works were created since “hypochondriacatthegrammercyparkhotel” which exhibited in 2011.  He told me yes, that all of these paintings (and some more that are not on display in the exhibit) have been created in the last 2 years!  So impressive.  Even more impressive was that I asked him if he paints on the road. Psychedelic Furs have been playing a lot of shows in the last few years and he told me that it’s too difficult to bring the supplies on the road and create the art.  Obviously, his time management skills are impeccable and I have even more respect for him than I already did.  Thanks again Richard.  I love your art (both music and paintings) so much!  It was really great to talk with you.

Richard Butler and Geoffrey Dicker.  Photo by Richard's friend.

Richard Butler and Geoffrey Dicker. Photo by Richard’s friend.

“ahatfulofrain” by Richard Butler is on display at Freight + Volume (located at 530 West 24th Street) in Manhattan through May 25, 2013.  Don’t miss it!

“Smile” by Erik den Breejen at Freight + Volume

Posted by The G on December 13, 2011 under Artsy Fartsy, Encounters with G | Be the First to Comment

Photos by G.  Art by Erik den Breejen.

Good Vibrations by Erik den Breejen.

You’ll pick up some good vibrations when you see Erik den Breejen’s latest exhibit, “Smile,” at Freight + Volume in New York.  Den Breejen has painted the lyrics to the Beach Boys album “Smile.”  The album was recorded in 1966 following the release of the seminal album “Pet Sounds.”  Some of the songs eventually saw the light and Brian Wilson even recorded a new version of the album in the early 2000s, but 2011 finally saw the official release of the shelved album.  The lyrics are more alive than ever in den Breejen’s exhibit.  Fuse art and rock when you see “Smile.”

Smile!

“Smile” by Erik den Breejen runs until January 14, 2012 at Freight + Volume (located at 530 West 24th Street) in Manhattan.

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