The Nude Male Figure: Paintings by Richard Taddei

Opening Reception
July 13, 6 – 9pm

RiverWinds Gallery
172 Main Street, Beacon

“As a painter, I escape into another dimension; one where I invent a new vocabulary of depicting the figure, where color, form, and gesture are more important than narrative; a universe of myriad lighting effects; a place where I am like a god wielding my brush, not captive to traditional notions of artistic rectitude. A surrealistic landscape of the body emerges, an anatomy of my own creation.”

“While I regard distortion necessary as a path to a different beauty and truth, I am also enamored of the sensuous volumes of the nude figure. They may be truncated or fragmented or metamorphosed, puzzle-like into the geometry of armor or architecture, but they always express the grandeur of the pose,” says Taddei.

“As a gay artist, my artistic preoccupation must unashamedly be the male nude. Resurrecting the erotic pose of a sleeping satyr, the universally recognized martyr St. Sebastian, or the iconic pose of a river god is to continue a tradition of male eroticism in the fine arts. I abstract them into a new visual world in which they are pulled apart or seen through scrims and opposing picture planes or pierced by the elemental forces surrounding them, the bright colors making an ironic commentary on the pathos or mocking the prurience of the pose.”

His paintings have been included in numerous exhibitions in New York, California, and Provincetown, MA., as well as in many solo exhibitions. His work resides in the permanent collection of The Leslie/ Lohman Gay Art Museum in New York, as well as in many private collections, most notably those of Malcolm S. Forbes, John Loring, Princess Minnie de Beauveau /Craon, and Robert Stigwood. Other collectors include Broadway producer Martin Richards, CEO of Music Theatre International, Freddie Gershon, Neal Peters and David Smith, Frank Hamilton, David Jarrett, Ann Perinchief, Shauna Holliman and Reed Massengill.

In addition to his Fine Art endeavors, Mr Taddei has designed theater posters and wallpaper and also is an accomplished trompe-l’oeil artist and muralist. Along with decorative painting in residences in Monte Carlo, Venice, and Marrakech, his New York clients have included: Tavern On The Green, The Central Park Conservancy, The New York Historical Society, Randolph A. Hearst Jr., The Earl of Bristol, The U.N. Ambassador from Qatar, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Lincoln Center, Disney Theatrical, and Tiffany & Co., where he designed scarves and china and painted sets for their famed table settings.

Richard Taddei currently lives in Montgomery, N.Y., after having lived in New York City most of his life.