Richard Butler’s Hatful of Rain is currently on exhibit at Freight & Volume in NYC.
Best known as the lead singer of the wonderful 1980′s band The Psychedelic Furs (on our stereo in heavy rotation for a long time…) - Richard is also a painter. Many artists cross over to different artistic pursuits and many rockers double as visual artists, most having no trouble getting gallery shows or sales (due to their fame). And honestly, most of them should just stick to music.
Richard is an exception, creating dynamic and skilled portrait-based works, with a bit of surreal thrown in the mix. He has a nice loose, wet brushstroke deftly applied – you can see he has done his homework and loves doing it. Some are straight-ahead portraits while others interact with occasional flowers and geometric or puzzle-like shapes. Most of the subjects are looking down or to the side, rarely into the eyes of the viewer. It lends the image a thoughtful, gentle and reflective manner, with an appealing vulnerability.
“I’m more a painter who sings, than a singer who paints…”
The above quote is from His Majesty of Modesty, a nice Vimeo interview with Richard in his studio. He talks unpretentiously and honestly about his art and his love of the process. There are also a few sweet artworks that we didn’t find on his website.
LINK: to Richard’s website
(We do wish he would post some detail shots on his site, the images are all a bit on the small side.)
The exhibit is up thru May 25th, 2013, at Freight + Volume, 530 W. 24th St., New York
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