Archive 2001-2014 > Sweets

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
Inferno
Gouache on paper
22 in x 44 in
2008
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, precarious, furniture, antique, table cloth, mess, quagmire, decadence, scrolls, pillar, column, dervish, Mountain, Mmmmountain, Bananalabra
Gouache on paper
12 x 18 inches
2005
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
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
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
Sweets, painting, gouache, fountain, excess, art, justin richel, precarious, furniture, antique, table cloth, mess,
Gouache on paper
22 x 30 inches
2007
Precarious
Gouache on paper
22 in x 30 in
2008
Precarious (Detail)
Gouache on paper
22 in x 30 in
2008
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
Whirling Dervish
Gouache on paper
22 in x 44 in
2008
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,
Gouache and egg tempera on paper
12 x 18 inches
2005
Mmmmountain
Gouache on paper
22 in x 30 in
2007
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
Sweets, painting, gouache, fountain, excess, art, justin richel, precarious, furniture, antique, table cloth, mess, quagmire,
Gouache on paper
30 x 22 inches
2007
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
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
justin richel, sweets, gouache, painting, painter, cakes, pies, chocolate
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
Gouache on paper
8in x 8in
2014
justin richel, sweets, gouache, painting, painter, cakes, pies, chocolate
Gouache on paper
8in x 8in
2014

Selected Works
2003 - 2012

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.