Sad to report the passing of another NYC legend, illustrator/ artistRobert W. Richards. He died last night, July 11.
Richards began his career as an illustrator in New York, sketching fashion collections for newspapers, and beauty illustrations for brands such as L’Oreal, Clairol, and Revlon and designed show posters for Broadway shows such as Noel Coward‘s Present Laughter, Legs Diamond, and more.
Also a fine artist, Richards illustrated the likes of James Dean, Al Pacino, Marilyn Monroe, Andy Warhol, Cher, Hugh Jackman, Audrey Hepburn, Tony Curtis, and more. Richards was also known for his gay erotic art.
In 2016, Richards was featured in a Kate Spade advertising campaign, alongside model Karlie Kloss, fashion muse Iris Apfel, actress and photographer Syrie Moscowitz, actress and model Anh Duong, fashion illustrator, musician and composer Jon Batisste and author Karly Sciortino.
Here’s a great interview with Richards in The Blot.
He’ll be sorely missed by many. It was in his 90’s but only in years.
(Images, Robert W. Richards; via BroadwayWorld)