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Bust of Richard Serrin

The life-size terracotta bust pictured above is of the American painter Richard Serrin.  Both a mentor and friend, he has generously shared with me his insights into both the technical and artistic aspects of the visual language of oil painting.  His knowledge of art history is vast.  His critical eye is quite astute.  He is a crusader for preserving our cultural heritage so that it may be built upon in the future.  One only has to attend one of his lecture on the botched restoration of the Sistine ceiling to understand that.  A copy of the lecture can be found here.

Richard’s work includes portraits, landscapes and more importantly, multi-figure compositions.  Below is an example of a really nice one.

Bacchanal, oil on linen, by Richard Serrin

Over the last 10 years I have benefited greatly from our friendship.  Richard is the perfect foil to the contemporary figurative scene’s fixation on the admiration of mechanical reproduction.   The imagination sparked by nature’s life-force drives his artistic philosophy.  Please check out his website here.

A while back we agreed to exchange portraits of each other.  I figured he had more than enough paintings and might enjoy a sculpture instead.  The bust is a result of a number of sessions that took place during a hot Florentine summer.  Below are some more views of the bust.

Profile view, Bust of Richard

Front View, Bust of Richard

Detail, Bust of Richard

I was trying to capture a visionary quality in his expression.  The mouth is open as if he is about to speak.

This portrait has won a couple of awards as well.  It took 1st place in the Portrait Society of America’s Members Showcase in 2009.  Check it out here.  Recently it also won 1st place for sculpture at the Utrecht 2nd Annual Art Competition.  The page can be found here.  The blog of the American Artist Magazine, The Artist daily, also has a posting here.