Studio Grand Central is at 2260 1st Ave S., with the main entrance on 23rd Street.
Richard Seidel's lively figurative paintings are inspired by the bright and beautiful colors of St. Petersburg Florida downtown and beaches, coastal vacations and artist residencies abroad.
Extensive travel, particularly in idyllic artist residencies, has afforded Richard Seidel the opportunity to paint in some of the most luxurious destinations in the World. His compositions of people at leisure, mostly frolicking on the beach or gathering in familiar tourist spots, exude a optimistic spirit.
Seidel's gestural scenes, in the spirit of early 20th century French painter Raoul Dufy, remind us of our own travel memories, yet the figures and details have qualities that suggest a more romantic time. Subtle details like striped swimming attire, and festooned hats hint at 19th century paintings of the leisure class, on location in some of the most fashionable places in Europe.
Richard Seidel's paintings have been exhibited extensively in St. Petersburg and Tampa, as well as Miami and Los Angeles, and the artist is represented by galleries in Sarasota, Fl and Columbus, Ohio. He was honored with an Award of Distinction from the Morean Arts Center and completed the prestigious Creative Capital Foundation Program, NY in 2013. Artist residencies include Madrid in 2015, Scuola Internazionale de Grafica in Venice 2016. Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig New Bliss Ireland 2017. Hotel Indigo 2017. Creative Capital Advanced Workshop, Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, Orlando Florida, Artist Retreat, Feb 2018, Artist In Resident at Galerie Huit Arles France September 2018 London October 2019. Seidel is one of the Florida artists whose works hangs in the Florida State Capital Building. In December 2021, Seidel will be exhibiting in the FIABCN Art Fair, taking place in Barcelona Spring. 2021 Pie Public Art Projects