Paul Richmond Studio

Sleigh Ride

Paul Richmond’s artwork, which has been shown in galleries across the United States, is known for its representational, figurative excellence combined with bold, wildly abstract brushstrokes, shapes, and colors. Many of his paintings (e.g., the “War Paint” series, the “Masks We Wear” series) are savagely beautiful confrontational expressions of issues that affect LGBTQ folx [A&U, September 2019]. But sometimes Paul’s cheeky inner child takes over and produces charming, unabashedly GAY “Cheesecake Boys.”

Tell Me More: The Cheesecake Boys series grew out of Paul’s fascination with pin-up art from the forties and fifties. It was a more innocent time (at least on the surface), and artists concocted elaborate scenarios in order to justify disrobing their subjects. A loose nail, a doorknob, or a brisk wind would all work in a pinch, resulting in hapless models, all women, accidentally exposing their unmentionables. These paintings explore how gender roles were reinforced by these artistic expressions of sexuality. Men may have had a free pass on wardrobe malfunctions in the good old days, but his Cheesecake Boys are here to even the score.

Catch of the Day

This holiday season, Paul is offering five of his Cheesecake Boys prints, three of which—“Catch of the Day,” “Mistletoe Madness,” “Sleigh Ride”—have holiday themes. These are high-quality, archival limited-edition fine art prints on heavyweight, bright white, matte fine art paper with 100+ year archival certification from the Fine Art Trade Guild. Edition number, title, and artist signature are hand-written by the artist below the image in the white border. The prints are available in small (11 by 13 inches), medium (16 by 20 inches), and large (20 by 26 inches), except for “Mistletoe Madness” and “Stocking Stuffers,” which are available only in small.

How Much: Small prints are $55; medium, $100; and large, $175.

Who Benefits: Paul is donating 20% of all sales of Cheesecake Boys prints from now through December 25, 2021, to Visual AIDS.

The Bear Tamer

How to Order: To order one of these adorable prints, or any of Paul Richmond’s other Cheesecake Boy prints and coloring books, log on to: https://paulrichmondstudio.com and navigate to the Cheesecake Boys shop.

As we approach the holidays near the end of this calamitous year, many of us may struggle to find reasons for celebration. It’s been a challenging year on multiple levels. Climate change set the West Coast on fire, while it drowned the Southeast and Northeast in freakish rainstorms. Even if the effects of climate change haven’t kept us awake at night, we’ve had to cope with the still-spreading, still-deadly COVID-19 crisis (and its accompanying epidemic of disinformation) for nineteen months. And of course these calamities have impacted the HIV community, with reduced HIV testing, the closure of many clinics, and a dangerous drop in funding for HIV/AIDS-related organizations and services.

It’s been an exhausting year.

Perhaps that is why celebrating the holidays this year is so important. For the sake of our sanity, we need some spirited revelry, some levity to light the darkness that has surrounded us. As Jerry Herman wrote for Mame, “For we need a little music, need a little laughter / Need a little singing ringing through the rafter / Yes we need a little snappy happy ever after.” We need the human contact of gathering together, sharing a holiday feast, toasting each other’s health, exchanging gifts.

In our 20th Annual Holiday Gift Guide, you’ll find a wide array of gifts that perform triple duty—they will delight the recipients of your gifts, you will enjoy the spirit of giving, and each gift helps to raise funds for one HIV/AIDS-related organization or another. Greeting cards, jewelry, T-shirts, hats, food stuffs, artwork, holiday ornaments—you name it, you’ll find the perfect gifts here in a broad range of prices.

So be of good cheer! Get out your gift list and get busy spreading love and joy among your friends and family. We sure could use some love and joy these days!
Happy Holidays!

—Hank Trout


Hank Trout, Senior Editor, edited Drummer, Malebox, and Folsom magazines in the early 1980s. A long-term survivor of HIV/AIDS (diagnosed in 1989), he is a forty-one-year resident of San Francisco, where he lives with his husband Rick.