Richard Stabbert | Orange Rowboat
acrylic and chalk paint on canvas, 27,5 x 22,5 cm, 2020

As I begin a painting, it as if I fall in love anew. Every brushstroke can shake me with despair or raise me in triumph. I look to the canvas like the face of a lover, embracing the flaws and in awe of the beauty wondering what the future may hold.

Some people think that my work is about youth but I don’t perceive it that way. For me it’s a timelessness of who we are as gay men, breaking down a façade and revealing ourselves. A chance to be vulnerable, an agelessness that resides in all of us. The beauty of men in all forms. That’s what I hope my work leaves the viewer with.

Born in Red Bank, New Jersey, I am a self-taught painter. I document the people in my life, both past and present.
My paintings have been displayed in New York, Paris, Asbury Park and Red Bank, New Jers
ey.

My art is currently shown at Sidetracks Gallery in New Hope, Pennsylvania, Ray Wiggs Gallery in Provincetown, Massachusetts and Galerie Mooiman in The Netherlands.