All That Glitters at Quirk

Terence Sullivan, who was featured on my other blog, Dating by Committee, yesterday as part of a story on The Rocky Horror Show (in which he starred last summer), is also a fabulous fine artist.  It was delightful to get this press release from Quirk Gallery in Richmond featuring Terence’s work.  Sadly, I will be unable to attend the show since I will be helping to facilitate a Beaux Arts Ball fundraiser for financial aid at The Tandem Friends School in Charlottesville but if you are in Richmond you might want to check it out.





Quirk is thrilled to announce its upcoming, one night only event, “All That Glitters…” Works by Terence Sullivan on view February 23rd through February 24, 2013.


Please join us at

8pm on February 23rd

for a night of music, libations, and paintings filled with cinematic flair and longing.


Limited edition merchandise by Sullivan, exclusive for Quirk, will also  be sold the evening of the event.


Sullivan’s current body of work is comprised of his ongoing series “I WISH YOU LOVED ME LIKE IN FILMS”, and new paintings that continue the themes of lust, loss, disappointment, and the overwhelming need to beloved. Through the use of appropriated images from films and media, Sullivan paints saturated portraits that capture moments of heightened emotion.

Sullivan’s position is that we, as audience members, find ways to project our emotions and desires onto film characters and the cinematic world in which they live. This projection can ignite within us both inspiration and self destruction. The comparison opens our eyes to the residual bruising of past relationships and the shortcomings of what may be our current relationships. Sullivan then layers gold text on top of the portraits in order to confront the emotional turmoil we feel. These phrases serve as a plea for a more intense and beautified life, and the gold paint is a nod to the heightened drama of Hollywood love.


The objective is to have the viewers find themselves in each painting without feeling like voyeurs
in someone else’s love story. There is a sense that the moment in each painting is fleeting and will eventually pass. The comparison can be made that, like films, relationships can be intense, unattainable, and can leave deep impressions in us long after they are over. Terence Sullivan (b. 1986, Livingston New Jersey, United States) holds a BFA in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art. He has exhibited in Baltimore, Richmond and New York City in both group and solo exhibitions. His romantic saturated portraits have lead to numerous private commissions. Terence is currently producing a series of portraits to represent the leading figures of the cultural community in Richmond, VA with a black tie benefit scheduled for late 2013. The net proceeds will be donated to the arts within Richmond. Terence has also received awards for his work as an actor and singer with theatres over the mid-atlantic region. Terence was awarded “Artist under 30 On Their Way” by Richmond Magazine, and has been featured in various publications including BMORE art spot, ADWEEK, Style Weekly, GAYRVA, and Broadway World. Terence has also been featured as a model for the local Richmond luxury men’s brand Lebdury.


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