Portfolio > Sweets

Selected Works

In the midst of an entirely barren and empty "landscape", void of anything other than a multitude of sugar coated inhabitants. The many shapes and sizes, parts and pieces of a greater whole come together to construct towering mountains, pillars of sugary strength and the destructive forces of confectionery whirlwinds and tsunamis. A flawed yet functional infrastructure, A conglomerate society of multi-colored temptations, vying for the same hierarchical position at the top of the heap.

These paintings represent our relationship with one another in a society in which success is measured largely by one’s ability to consume. The “sweets” and household detritus are representative and are essentially a replacement or stand-in for the human figure. I attempt to portray the fragility and precariousness of our situation through these works.

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justin richel, sweets, gouache, painting, painter, cakes, pies
Gouache on paper
8in x 8in
2014
justin richel, sweets, gouache, painting, painter, cakes, pies
Gouache on paper
8in x 8in
2014
justin richel, sweets, gouache, painting, painter, cakes, pies, chocolate
Gouache on paper
8in x 8in
2014
justin richel, sweets, gouache, painting, painter, cakes, pies, chocolate
Gouache on paper
8in x 8in
2014
Globe
Gouache on paper
30 in. x 30 in.
2007
Globe (Detail)
Gouache on paper
30 in. x 30 in.
2007
Globe
Gouache on paper
5 ft x 5 ft
2009
Globe (Detail)
Gouache on paper
5 ft x 5 ft
2009
Globe (Detail)
Gouache on paper
5 ft x 5 ft
2009
Tower
Gouache on paper
22 in x 30 in
2009
Tower (Detail)
Gouache on paper
22 in x 30 in
2008
Tower
Gouache on paper
17 in. x 19.5 in.
2009
Mmmmountain
Gouache on paper
22 in x 30 in
2007
Precarious
Gouache on paper
22 in x 30 in
2008
Precarious (Detail)
Gouache on paper
22 in x 30 in
2008
The Contest
Gouache on paper
22 in x 30 in
2008
The Contest (Detail)
Gouache on paper
22 in x 30 in
2008
Fountain
Gouache on paper
17 in. x 19.5 in.
2009
Fountain (Detail)
Gouache on paper
17 in. x 19.5 in.
2009
Trickle Down
Gouache on paper
22 in x 30 in
2010
justin Richel, art, sweets, column
Gouache on paper
22 in x 44 in
2009
Cupcake Column
Gouache on paper
22 in x 44 in
2009
Cupcake Column (Detail)
Gouache on paper
22 in x 44 in
2008
Parfait Column
Gouache on paper
22 in x 44 in
2008
Parfait Column (Detail)
Gouache on paper
22 in x 44 in
2008
Shaky Column
Gouache on paper
22 in x 44 in
2009
Shaky Column (Detail)
Gouache on paper
22 in x 44 in
2008
Wavy Column
Gouache on paper
22 in x 44 in
2008
Wavy Column (Detail)
Gouache on paper
22 in x 44 in
2008
Inferno
Gouache on paper
22 in x 44 in
2008
Inferno (Detail)
Gouache on paper
22 in x 44 in
2008
Whirling Dervish
Gouache on paper
22 in x 44 in
2008
Whirling Dervish (Detail)
Gouache on paper
22 in x 44 in
2008
Stock Pile
Gouache on paper
30 in x 40 in
2008
Stock Pile (Detail)
Gouache on paper
30 in x 40 in
2008
Untitled (Parfait Pattern)
Gouache on paper
15 x 24 in
2010
Untitled (Cup Cake Pattern)
Gouache on paper
15 x 24 in
2010
Justin Richel
Gouache on paper
15 x 24 in
2010
Sweets, painting, gouache, fountain, excess, art, justin richel, precarious, furniture, antique, table cloth, mess, quagmire, decadence, scrolls, pillar, column, dervish, Mountain, Mmmmountain, Bananalabra
Gouache on paper
12 x 18 inches
2005
Sweets, painting, gouache, fountain, excess, art, justin richel, precarious, furniture, antique, table cloth, mess, quagmire, decadence, scrolls, pillar, column
Gouache and egg tempera on paper
12 x 18 inches
2005
Regimen Change
Gouache on paper
12 x 18 inches
2007
Sweets, painting, gouache, fountain, excess, art, justin richel,
Gouache on paper
22 x 30 inches
2007
Sweets, painting, gouache, fountain, excess, art, justin richel
Gouache on paper
2007
Sweets, painting, gouache, fountain, excess, art, justin richel, precarious, furniture, antique, table cloth, mess,
Gouache on paper
22 x 30 inches
2007
Sweets, painting, gouache, fountain, excess, art, justin richel, precarious, furniture, antique, table cloth, mess, quagmire,
Gouache on paper
30 x 22 inches
2007
Sweets, painting, gouache, fountain, excess, art, justin richel, precarious, furniture, antique, table cloth, mess, quagmire, decadence, scrolls, pillar, column, dervish
Gouache and egg tempera on paper
12 x 18 inches
2005
Sweets, painting, gouache, fountain, excess, art, justin richel, precarious, furniture, antique, table cloth, mess, quagmire, decadence, scrolls,
Gouache and egg tempera on paper
12 x 18 inches
2005
The Void
Gouache and egg tempera on paper
12 x 18 inches
2005
Tsuweetnami
Gouache on paper
22 in x 30 in
2006
Sweets, painting, gouache, fountain, excess, art, justin richel, precarious, furniture, antique, table cloth, mess, quagmire, decadence, scrolls, pillar, column, dervish, Mountain, Mmmmountain,
Gouache and egg tempera on paper
16 x 24 inches
2004