In his series, The Masks We Wear, Paul Richmond portrays diverse characters who "thrive within the outskirts of mainstream society despite being regarded as invisible by the conservative patriarchy".
There's an expressive application of paint that gives the Californian artist's subjects an undeniable presence while the gestural, emotive marks suggest their resounding humanity.
Masks, often tools for disguise, take on a metaphorical role that connect the models to a greater narrative, engaging a dialogue of identity, otherness, and personal mythology.
"My treatment of form explores both reality and abstraction, engaging colour, shape, and pattern to continuously deconstruct and rebuild," Richmond tells Creative Boom. "The painterly surface becomes a mask in itself – the visceral, emotive marks reduce the literalness of the depiction while invoking a more substantive connection to the figure and their story."