RICHMOND GARRICK is an award winning artist from Sierra Leone. His paintings reflect issues dealing with human conditions and socio- political matters. They address the struggles, and oppression of humanity, especially the expressionistic dialogue on some of the paintings about the ten years of civil war in Sierra Leone. They are iconic, bold and expressive. These paintings were his reaction to his brother’s brutal murder during the war.
His ball point pen drawings are portraits of iconic and motivational African Americans inspired by his daughters’ elementary school project on civil right leaders.
Richmond is a teacher at Williamstown High School at Monroe Township, in New Jersey. He is also a visiting professor at Devry University. He has been an adjunct and part time professor at both Rutgers University, and Middlesex County College during his twelve years in academia.
He received a Higher Teachers Certificate from Milton Margai Teachers College in Sierra Leone and taught in secondary school for eight years. He later earned an Associate Degree of Media Arts from Middlesex County College. Bachelor of Fine Arts/ Graphic Design from Montclair State University and Master of Fine Arts from Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts, in New Brunswick in New Jersey.
He is an international artist who has exhibited his paintings and drawings in reputable museums galleries, colleges internally: Noyes Museum, Hunterdon Art Museum, African American Heritage Museum, PPOW Gallery etc.. He works in all mediums, but mostly in oils and ball point pen. He has won numerous awards for his art and for using his work to create awareness. Such awards include; “2011 Alumnus of the year award” from Middlesex County College, “Sierra Leone @50 Culture Award” during the celebration of the 50 years of independence of Sierra Leone,“14th Paul Aiken Encore Award” from South Jersey Cultural Alliance, “Culture Award” from United Artist of Sierra Leone in Britain, “SLAAM Award” from Sierra Leone Association of Artists & Musicians for outstanding contribution to Fine Arts, “Lajos Makos Award” for representational art and other numerous college awards. His exhibits have received new paper and magazine reviews. The accolades his exhibits have received have given his homeland, Sierra Leone a place of prominence on the artistic landscape in the United States and other parts of the world.