Benjamin Gary Richard's practice is primarily focused on portrait works that aim to be as grounded as possible in the depiction of young adults, as well as celebrate diversity in New Zealand. His use of colour pencils as opposed to oil paints is deliberate, the act of drawing, essentially rubbing a stick into a ground, has a primal feeling that he connects with. It also allows him to lace colours together to create realistic skin tones that are respectful and representative of a person’s skin colour.
Benjamin is currently based in Auckland, New Zealand. Contact to enquire about commissions.
Recent Projects include: Beautiful Insomnia, Allpress Gallery, Auckland, NZ (2017); Paper Work, Demo, Auckland, NZ (2017)