Ins and Outs: A Collection

PaulR CoverTitle: Ins and Outs
Author:  Paul Richmond
Publisher: www.blurb.com
Genre: Art Book
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

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Paul Richmond’s Ins and Outs collection is  more than the sum of  his art work to date. This book is also the story of his life told pictorially.  The paintings show where he came from as a young boy trying to express himself, not being sure who he was, the brave face he showed the world, and ultimately he reveals the man –  in all his different layers.

In  A World Apart Paul gives the readers an  artistic representation of his earliest days when he struggled with hisPaulR World Apart_spread sexuality, and the uncertainty he faced as a boy, being different from the other boys but not knowing why, since sexual orientation was something he was too young to grasp. He assumed that there was something wrong with him, that he lived in a world apart from everyone he knew.

His paintings are striking as well as expressive as he bares his soul in each section of the book, starting with PaulR Dollypop_spreadwanting to grow up and be Dolly Parton when he saw theBest Little Whorehouse in Texas” at age 5. Dolly represented a safe place and an ideal world and eventually,  as an adult, he was able to present the painting on the left to his idol. This experience led him down the road to where he is today – a successful artist.

 Paul’s biggest struggle was coming to terms with being gay which was inconsistent with his Catholic beliefs, and many of his paintings show his conflict of trying to be who he was despite his upbringing. His journey is similar to that of other gay men and at times I felt like a voyeur while reading Ins and Outs, as if I were peeking into his home as he walked around naked inside.

His paintings are original, moving, and beautiful and in the book he takes us on his journey from a child to a fully actualized man who knows what he wants, and at 29 he certainly has made his mark. One picture in the book titled First Time Out showed his turnmoil as he tried to reach for his goal but is still repressed and this PaulR Self Illusion_spreadtheme is heartbreaking. In Self Illusion, one of the most poignant paintings in the book, you get the sense that Paul is hiding from himself and the rest of the world by wearing a bold mask designed to conceal who he really is but he doesn’t quite succeed, because the sad and luminous eyes give him away.

As he explored who he was he identified with his inner Cher and this painting represents that period of his life.Paul R Cher_spread

 

 

 

 

In case you didn’t think that Paul has a sense of humour about his life and lifestyle, he did a series of paintings that he called The Cheesecake Boys, a homage to the cheesecake girls in a much earlier time and here are a few of my favourites –

 

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 Here are a few pictures of his cover art,  many of which are well known to readers of Male/Male or gay romances, a recent field for Paul where he has become very successful –

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  Paul’s sexual orientation is a powerful influence on his paintings and these 50 pieces are more than just art, they are who he is.

 This collection is well worth buying because it is Paul’s personal journey of self discovery, with all the scars he gained along the way. Highly recommended.

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8 comments

  • Mary
    The word unique is certainly one that I would use to describe Paul. His paintings are truly gorgeous and unusual and he put his entire life out there in this boook. Courage is something he seems to have a lot of — and balls. 😀

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    I will be interviewing Paul this Thursday so I hope you’ll drop by to read what he has to say.

  • Paul has a unique and beautiul painting style; I love the covers he’s done for Dreamspinner an dit looks like his other art is just as beautiful and expressive. It takes a lot of guts to reveal part of yourself in public through your art, nevermind revealing your whole inner life the way he seems to have done in this book. Wow.

  • LadyM
    Paul is one of the most talented artists around. You can see all the pictures online if you want to check them out before you buy, if you’re so inclined.

  • I think the cover of Shades of Grey is one the most beautiful I’ve seen since I started reading m/m romances. And A World Apart is amazing painting. It seems like a great book.

  • Interesting review, Wave, and it sounds like an interesting book. I think my favorite cover of all of Paul’s is The Golden Age of Gay Fiction which has the flavor of the Cheesecake Boys. Dash & Dingo is number two.

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    • Hi Leslie
      I love the cover for The Golden Age of Gay Fiction but I saved it and a few other pictures for his upcoming interview. I love the effect he uses for his covers – you can’t mistake his brushwork. He certainly is unique.

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