Life Changing Art Show For Homeless Artist
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Richard Hutchins' Artwork
EXCLUSIVE 1-OF-1 ART
mARK cuban made with coffee beans
Richard is a 62 year old homeless artist and his dream is to make people happy with his art every single day. Someday, he hopes to see his art hanging on the walls of a museum.
Richard has been homeless for over 6 years, but his story begins as a child. His dad left when he was young and his mom was never around. He ended up in foster care with basically nothing. He hated his family so much that he decided to start using a fake name - a small detail, yet extremely important part of the story. As a teenager, he started to get involved with the wrong crowd because he really had nowhere else to go. Growing up in Georgia as a young black man in the 60s was not easy, and he finally found a place where he felt like he belonged. While the crowd he was rolling with allowed him to make money, drive nice cars, and feel like he made something of himself, it also is the reason he ended up in prison many times throughout his life for white collar crime. As he went through life, every time he fell down he had nothing to go back to. No family or real friends. He found that when you have nothing and are down, people will only listen to you if you make up lies and tell them things they might be interested in.
When Richard started to fall in love with making art, he never thought people would just be interested in his art without a compelling story - so he created one. He told people he was former NFL player Drew Hill, and he now is a painter.
His work was incredible and a local studio, infinity studios, invited him to work in their studio. Celebrities like Muhammad Ali, Laurence Fishburne, Richard Pryor, Burt Reynolds, and more came to purchase this man’s art. He became known as ‘Drew Hill - the celebrity artist’. He knew he was making a massive mistake disguising himself as someone else, but he hasn’t used his real name since he was a child and left his home. He figured he would just keep quiet and continue living out his life. One day, it all caught up to him. An LA times reporter discovered that he wasn’t who he said he was, and he wrote an article exposing the truth. Richard ended up in prison, but this time he promised it would be his last. He told himself he was going to make no more lies. His whole life he had been running from who he truly is: Richard Hutchins.
In prison, he was more inspired than ever to create. With only envelopes, m & m ‘s, skittles, koolaid, toothpaste, and coffee grinds, Richard made incredible artwork. He would make it on the envelope, put a postage stamp on it, and mail it out to people. In fact, it became so popular that they hosted an entire art event for these envelopes while he was in prison, and they are now on permanent display at the UC-Santa Barbara library.
6 years ago, when he was released from prison, he was ready to embrace the next chapter of his life and to finally believe he is good enough as is. Good enough as Richard. He has been homeless for 6 years trying to get back on his feet, but now - by selling his art - he will be able to. At the big event, the centerpiece will be the envelopes he created in prison. It showcases that he was in prison, it showcases what he created in prison, but it also showcases him being open and vulnerable about his past - and shows his intention of creating a good future. Please help us in getting Richard off the streets and helping us showcase his work to the world.