Requiem for Roy Breimon, Artist’s Memorial Reception Next Friday at Gay Community Center
From the Gay Community Center of Richmond:
The Gay Community Center of Richmond’s GCCR Gallery is pleased to present Requiem for Roy Breimon: a memorial exhibition dedicated to the late Washington D.C. artist, with selected works by Vaclav Pisvejc.
Breimon’s work has been described as “innovative expressionist and symbolic . . . powerfully colored and complexly composed.” The show features reverse-painted tribal-inspired mask paintings, and costumes from the 1994 Meininger State Opera House production of Madame Butterfly in Germany.
Breimon, a former resident of Washington, D.C., was killed in the Czech city of Prague on July 8, 2004. Breimon reportedly had lived in Prague for about five years and The Prague Post reported at the time that Breimon was found bound and gagged on the floor of his apartment. Prague police arrested a suspect who was charged with “robbery resulting in death” rather than murder. Despite initial reports to the contrary, a police spokesperson later told the newspaper that the suspect was not a “rent boy” or prostitute, and that Breimon was killed by a robber who broke into his apartment.
Breiman studied art as a fifteen-year-old at the University of Mexico in Satillo and had his first major exhibition in Washington DC in 1976. He had numerous exhibitions around the world, including Berlin, Los Angeles, Miami, Barcelona, and Washington DC. During his career, Breimon became the only U.S. resident to ever work at the 173-year-old Meininger State Opera House when he designed the set and stage for a production of “Madame Butterfly” in 1994. He also spent time in Katmandu as an artist-in-residence at the invitation of the Nepalese government.
The works in the show have been in the possession of Richmonder Terry Curry since Breimon’s death. He remembers Breimon as a “larger than life” personality who people were naturally drawn to. Curry and Breimon became friends in Washington DC when Breimon worked on Capitol Hill before he pursued art full time. Also featured in the show are works by Vaclav Pisvejc, who was born in Prague in 1967 and currently lives and works in Firenze in Italy.
An Artist’s Memorial Reception will be held on Friday, May 8, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. The show runs from April 17 through May 30, 2009.
Sposored by NATIONWIDE INSURANCE. A portion of the proceeds from the show will benefit the Roy Breimon Art Fund for art student scholarships.
The GCCR is located at 1407 Sherwood Avenue, Richmond, VA 23220. (804) 622-4646. www.gayrichmond.com
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