'VELVET MARIA' Richie Fahey ORIGINAL
by Richie Fahey
Photograph and oils
Vintage frame, sourced by the artist
New York photographer and painter Richie Fahey uses vintage lighting techniques and meticulous art direction to produce and develop black and white photographs before painting on them with oil; bringing the workds to life in Technicolor glory. Richie taught himself the dying art of oil painting on photographs after stumbling across a 'how-to' book in a thrift shop.
Known for his distinctive atmospheric style which harks back to a bygone era, Richie is inspired by old movie houses, pulp paperbacks and pin-ups; he strives to recapture the world of lo-fi mid-century tiki noir.
Richie has exhibited his work worldwide, however, he will not be able to continue his incredible practice forever: "Each time the photo paper I'm using gets discontinued, I think I'll have to stop...when my supply of Marshal's photo oils gets used up, that will be it."