Portfolio > Big Wigs

Selected Works

Ostentatious men with wigs that nearly topple, billow and swirl, like plumage these wigs are meant to impress, and perhaps even threaten, evidence of wealth and power, symbols of status and examples of conspicuous consumption. These men are mocked by their own behavior, continually usurping the previous sovereign of style in order to preserve one’s self-complacency. Their mounds of hair piled high like towers reaching for the heavens render them useless, a virtuous disability that requires of them abstention from laborious activity. The beautiful becomes the grotesque; style surmounting function.

These men sit rigid and firm in their positions of power and deeply entrenched in their glory, so much so that they essentially become “monuments” of their own making. As a result birds move into their hair and natural events such as fire take their toll, all the while the big wigs struggle to save face and maintain their proud and victorious posture, ignoring their surroundings and the ensuing predicaments.

Archive

justinrichel, justin richel, art, wigs, big wigs, portrait, water, ocean, reef, fish, ecology, ecosystem, conservation, sadism, satire, corral
Gouache on paper
6.5 x 8.5 inches
2014
justinrichel, justin richel, art, wigs, big wigs, portrait, ecology, ecosystem, conservation, sadism, satire, serpent, snake, old english,
Gouache on paper
6.5 x 8.5 inches
2014
justin richel, big, wig, big wig, art, artist, blue, birds, painting, gouache
Gouache on paper
11.5 x 14 inches
2009
Stag Party
Gouache on paper
11.5 x 14 inches
2009
Too Big For His Britches
Gouache on paper
11.5 x 14 inches
2009
Fungus Among Us
Gouache on paper
11.5 x 14 inches
2009
birds, wigs, big wig, gargantua, justin richel
Gouache on paper
9 x 10 inches
2012
To The Discord Of Many Hearts
Gouache on paper
11.5 x 14 inches
2009
The Jewel Of The Mind Becomes Jaded In Time
Gouache on paper
11.5 x 14 inches
2009
Not Out Of The Woods Yet
Gouache on paper
11.5 x 14 inches
2009
justinrichel, justin richel, art, wigs, big wigs, portrait, ecology, ecosystem, conservation, sadism, satire, bust, busts, sculpture, assemblage, classical, contemporary, goethe
Gouache on paper
11.5 x 14 Inches
2014
fish, pike, wig, big wig, art, gouache, ocean, sea, sky, justin richel,
Gouache on paper
22 in x 30 in
2011
The Big Fish Eat The Little Ones (Detail)
Gouache on paper
22 x 30 in.
2011
The Big Fish Eat The Little Ones (Detail)
Gouache on paper
22 in x 30 in
2011
Sea, sea creatures, fish, ocean, water, wig, big wig, justin richel, art, environmental
Gouache on paper
22 in x 30 in
2010
Died For Want Of Lobster Sauce (Detail)
Gouache on paper
22 in x 30 in
2010
Died For Want Of Lobster Sauce (Detail)
Gouache on paper
22 in x 30 in
2010
fungus, fungi, mushroom, shrooms, mycelium, art, wig, big wig, justin richel
Gouache on paper
22 in x 30 in
2010
birds, wigs, big wig, gargantua, justin richel
Gouache on paper
6.5 x 8.5 inches
2010
Stag Party
Gouache on paper
8.5 in x 10.5
2007
Tis An Ill Wind That Blows
Gouache on paper
8.5 in x 10.5
2008
He Sits Below The Salt
Gouache on paper
8.5 in x 10.5
2008
Fowl Disposition
Gouache on paper
8.5 in x 10.5
2008
Fungus Among Us
Gouache on paper
8.5 in x 10.5
2008
Fungus Among Us
Gouache on paper
8.5 in x 10.5
2008
Between Hawk And Buzzard
Gouache on paper
8.5 in x 10.5
2008
Fine Feathers Make Fine Birds
Gouache on paper
8.5 in x 10.5
2008
In Borrowed Plumes
Gouache on paper
8.5 in x 10.5
2008