Paraphernalia and Other Treasures, organized by Jeffrey Haddow, will be shown at M.Y. Art Prospects 547 West 27th Street 2nd floor. Between 10th and 11th Avenue 212 – 268 7132. Tues.-Sat. 11am-6pm.
I received this e-mail announcement from a producer friend of mine, Pat Addiss. The story of Richard Gorycki and his art really intrigued me and I immediately was impressed with his style. His colors. His imagination. With markers, colored pencils, watercolors and pastels – some framed and some not – the artwork of Richard Gorycki grips your attention immediately. There is meaning in each and every one of them.
Mr. Haddow, the organizer of the exhibition and he were childhood friends. Attending different high schools they remained close. According to Mr. Haddow “Richard was always the smartest guy in the room with interests and ideas that seemed to have no limits.” But then, after college he dropped out of sight. Had a breakdown. Was diagnosed with schizophrenia. Today, he lives on a small disability pension in Western New York – “But even now, in spite of his illness and all the hardships it has caused him, the thing that strikes me most when I speak to him is that he hasn’t lost a scintilla of his old brilliance.”
The artwork on display at M.Y. Art Prospects was produced in art therapy sessions at Gowanda Psychiatric Institute. Mr. Haddow’s wife, Miyako, has never displayed so-called “outsider art” in her gallery before – so this is a first. They must all be applauded and I hope that you have an opportunity to see the exhibition. Hopefully, “Mr. Gorycki will be motivated to coax more wonders from his distinctive imagination.”
For those of you who cannot come to the show, an online exhibit has been created to browse Richard Gorycki’s art images:
Prices range: $125.00 – $595.00