Born on July 12, 1972 in the beautiful coastal, urban port city of Savannah, Georgia, artist Richard Law’s work is inspired by his upbringing in the deep South, black culture and the landscape of the low country of Georgia and South Carolina.
“I come from a family with strong principles and that laid the groundwork for me to become an artist, “Law said. “My parents and my grandparents instilled in me at a very early age the importance of having an excellent work ethic, excellent morals and diligence.” My family believed and trusted in one God, Law said. The son of a social worker and a minister, Law was discovered by a friend who happened to see some of his paintings while visiting his home. “I started painting on canvas as a personal hobby, and when my friend saw some of my work, he told me that I was a diamond in the rough,” he added. “He provided me with an avenue to sell my paintings. I began to develop as an artist as did my love for painting.” Law is multi-talented. He is not only an artist, but he is also a barber who operates a successful business and an accomplished musician who has mastered the flute and the saxophone. The 46-year-old Law has played in jazz and gospel bands, and he has studied and practiced the art of barbering for many years, becoming a master at his craft. His work has been displayed in hair shows and featured in hair magazines. His paintings reflect the experiences of his life. “I paint things that are around me and things that I grew up with,” he said, “such as, barbershop pieces, musicians, container ships that pass through Savannah’s ports, and museum pieces, many of which portray low country scenes of Georgia and South Carolina, and their inhabitants.”
Law’s work is a blend of folk art, jazz and contemporary, all drawing from his unique background and religious principles. “Our life experiences tell a story, and there’s a story behind every painting that I put on canvas.”