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Love and Pride
Rick Herold  Paint  WorkRichard (Rick) Herold was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1941, served in the Navy, and attended the Acadamie Julian in Paris, St. John's University in Minnesota, Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles, and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

In California, he launched an art magazine while studying architectural arts at Otis and was the official Los Angeles County portrait painter from 1968-1970. Herold worked as a teacher at Pierce College and Los Angeles Junior Colleges before turning the Zephyr Theatre into a studio and center for art happenings, theater, and Esalen group events.

A published author of erotica including The Naked Artist, Rick Herold is best known as a professional artist. His work has been shown at many venues including the Orlando and Molly Barnes galleries in Los Angeles, the

 

 

Zara Gallery in San Francisco, and in museum collections in Missouri, Colorado, and Oregon.
Rick Herold  Paint  WorkOn his website (http://rickherold.com/, accessed in 2013), Herold discusses notable events in his artistic career, including a commission by Bob Hope to create "Stations of the Cross" in Cleveland, and his thirty-year retrospective exhibition at the ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives in 2003. Upon graduation, Herold received commissions from Bob Hope to do the Stations of the Cross for a Cleveland church, and worked with Millard Sheets doing architectural art.

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But Herold soon became disillusioned with organized religion and turned to painting erotic nudes.

His first one-man show at the Feigen-Palmer Gallery in LA was a huge success, and he has since exhibited at numerous galleries and museums in LA, San Francisco and New York, including Molly Barnes Gallery, Orlando Gallery, Zara Gallery, Downey Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Gallery of Erotic Art.

Herold’s self-developed technique is highly original, and as Thomas Albright of the San Francisco Chronicle writes, his work is “painted in enamel on the underside of Plexiglas in highly stylized patterns of decorative color areas and flowing sensuous lines....” “For decades L.A. artist Rick Herold has proven a master of style,” writes the LA Times.
Herold has traveled all over the world, collecting indigenous art for his private collection. He currently lives in North County, San Diego with his life partner.

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Herold's Technique

Rick Herold used a variety of media and techniques including painting, reverse painting on plastic, neon, sculpture and tattooing. His artworks commonly dealt with the relationship of the erotic and the spiritual, drawing upon his interests in theology, fine art, Asian mandalas, and East Indian Tantric tankas. Herold was also interested in tribal and folk art which he incorporated into his tattoo designs and paintings. His work in tattoo art was documented in Tattoo, a film collaboration with Michael McCullough.

The process is called reverse painting, done on clear heavy gauge vinyl. The paint medium used is outdoor sign-painter's enamel, which bonds with the vinyl to become one inert, permanent and durable surface. the painting is not coated, the surface is the vinyl itself.

The first step in the execution of the painting is the drawing or cartoon on paper. Clear vinyl is then placed over the drawing on a table top. The painting process is done in layers, with drying time between each layer. The entire painting takes about one week to complete. Once completed, the vinyl is turned over, revealing the side that the viewer sees. The final step is the stretching and mounting of the painting.

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