Pin It

Parting Shot: Richard Pantell 

click to enlarge Oil on canvas, 50" x 40" - RICHARD PANTELL
  • Richard Pantell
  • Oil on canvas, 50" x 40"

According to Richard Pantell, all of the figures in Patriots are celebrating their country. "America is a diverse country," he explains. "There are all kinds of ways to be patriotic." The demonstrators in the background might be voicing disapproval of the United States, but in Pantell's eyes, that's an expression of a deep fondness for one's nation—an urge to improve the country by voicing complaints about its present condition.

Pantell's art is often politically subversive—his painting No It Isn't Very Funny was even removed from an art gallery because people deemed it offensive. Depicted in the controversial piece is a homeless man rummaging through trash for food as his pants are falling down, a scene Pantell had really witnessed.

Patriots is the fourth addition to his "Bather Series," the first having been painted in 1986. Pantell is adamant about basing his subjects on real people and realistic body types—making his work an antithesis to the idealized images of fashion magazines and the media. Pantell's art is a celebration of diversity, and is intended to inspire people to feel comfortable being themselves.

Patriots is on display throughout the month of July at Bearsville Graphics / Karrick Fine Art in Woodstock. Pantell will also be having a solo exhibition at the same venue from September 26 to October 25. (845) 684-5476;


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Readers also liked…

  • Parting Shot: Nora Scarlett

    Nora Scarlett releases a new book of photographs Trunks of the Gunks.
    • Jan 1, 2017
  • Parting Shot: Lisa Durfee

    Lisa Durfee’s documentation of unnoticed parts of shabby chic Hudson currently being shown at the Hudson Opera House.
    • Feb 1, 2017

Hudson Valley Events

submit event
Homeschool at The Aldrich: Wish, Wonder, Write @ The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum

Homeschool at The Aldrich: Wish, Wonder, Write

Fri., March 24, 10-11:30 a.m. — Be inspired by Beth Campbell’s combination of writing and drawing, exploring what...
Mortality Mansions @ Hudson Area Library

Mortality Mansions

Fri., March 24, 6-7:30 p.m. — “Mortality Mansions” is a song cycle by Grammy Award-winning composer Herschel Garfein...

View all of today's events

Latest in Visual Art

  • On The Cover: Gabriel Garcia Roman
  • On The Cover: Gabriel Garcia Roman

    "Visceral Notions" will feature work by Gabriel Garcia Roman through March 26 at the Center for Photography at Woodstock.
    • Mar 1, 2017
  • Andres Serrano Goes Back to School
  • Andres Serrano Goes Back to School

    The Andres Serrano retrospective at The School, the spectacular exhibition space established by Chelsea gallery owner Jack Shainman in Kinderhook, is a rare event.
    • Mar 1, 2017
  • Parting Shot: Matthew Pleva
  • Parting Shot: Matthew Pleva

    Kingston-based multimedia artist Matthew Pleva seeks inspiration from everything around him.
    • Mar 1, 2017
  • More »

Related to Visual Art

More by Jake Swain

  • The Woodstock Comedy Festival

    Woodstock is home to artists of all types: painters, writers, musicians, dancers—the list goes on. But amid all the profound lines of poetry, delicate brushstrokes, and anarchic folk songs, a question hangs: Where's the funny?
    • Sep 1, 2015
  • Parting Shot: Richard Segalman

    When an artist limits his palate to a few colors, the self-imposed restrictions can create new possibilities. Habits are broken, a new approach grown. Richard Segalman's new book of monotypes, Black and White: Muses, Magic & Monotypes, is a collection of what happened when he limited himself to one color: black.
    • Sep 1, 2015
  • Beacon Independent Film Festival from September 18 to 20

    Over 40 films, shorts, and documentaries, 12 of which come from the minds of Hudson Valley locals, will be screened from September 18 to 20 at the University Settlement Camp in Beacon.
    • Sep 1, 2015
  • More »

Hudson Valley Tweets