What this is...

This site is a sister to The Year of Magical Painting, the self-chronicling of my quest to become the preeminent American portrait painter of the 21st century.

The purpose of this site is to provide, with minimal commentary, images and prices of my Wall Street paintings. It contains almost the entire collection of my annotated paintings, listed in chronological order, excluding only the ones that are so bad I cannot bear to look at them.

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Friday, March 20, 2015

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Something New

The first two volumes in my series titled "Saigon: Too Big To Fail" have gone up for sale on Amazon.  Visit my Author's Page here.

The covers look like this ...

My promo blurb reads ...

"The almost universal lack of prosecution of the individuals responsible for the worst financial crisis in almost a hundred years is both astonishing and not surprising at all," author Geoffrey Raymond says. "For those who share that frustration, 'Saigon: Too Big To Fail' is guaranteed to provide some catharsis."

Raymond, 61, an American writer and painter, is best known for his portraits of the movers and shakers of Washington and Wall Street. What makes his work unique is that after completing the paintings, he exhibits them al fresco - often in front of the New York Stock Exchange - and encourages passers-by to vent their feelings by grabbing a Sharpie and writing them on the surface of the painting itself. This annotation has been called everything from graffiti to community discourse to performance art to a "snapshot of history, with a focus on the financial crisis of 2008." 

"Saigon: Too Big To Fail" is a series of tongue-in-cheek mash-ups that drop bubble-era Wall Street smack into the middle of the Vietnam War, yielding illuminating and sometimes laugh-out-loud effects. The series explores everything from the rescue of Bear Stearns to the implosion of Lehman Brothers to the London Whale.

"The whole idea of being an artist is going where your mind takes you." Raymond explains. "My mind keeps taking me here. And besides, everybody knows that working on Wall Street is like going to war. I just put two and two together."

More to come.  Read the first one first.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Existential Rage in the Workplace

This is one of my "map" paintings, all of which feature a title, a "black hole," and a red dot that indicates "You Are Here."  This one is a Zero Hedge painting but the idea is that you can insert your title of choice.  So if you work at JPMorgan now, or you used to work at Bear or SAC Capital -- just to pick two at random -- that becomes the title.  Or, if you like to fly the ZH flag, you are welcome to one like this.

It's an expression of existential rage -- something we all need to get off our chests every once in a while.  Particularly around the holidays.

These are actual paintings, not prints.  Because of this, the size and shape of the black hole varies quite a bit.  Each painting measures 2'x3'.  Larger sizes are available.  

The cost is $2,500.  I guarantee domestic delivery before Christmas or your money back.  I can also expedite for Hanukkah.  The price includes domestic delivery.  Inquire about international.  Paintings are shipped rolled, in a tube.  

My email is gvraymond@gmail.com

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The Annotated Paintings

Since 2007, starting with Rupert Murdoch's purchase of the Wall Street Journal, I've been painting the movers and shakers of Wall Street and Washington during controversial moments and, for the most part, standing in a public place and handing people Sharpies.  "Write anything you like," I'd tell them, "but don't write on the face."

The annotated paintings all measure 4'x5'.  The others have their dimensions listed.  

My prices are certainly negotiable (within a reasonable range), so don't hesitate to contact me to talk about them.  Commissioned works, annotated or not, are also open for discussion.

Portrait of Mathew Martoma, in the Manner of Roy Lichtenstein
Mixed media on canvas.  5'x5'

Nightly Prayers (canvas size 2' x 4')
$27,500, frame included.
JPMorgan employees with an interesting story are eligible for a significant discount

Remembering Lehman

Black and White Ryan

The Formerly Brilliant Dimon.

Naked Greenspan (3' x 7')
First in a series

Corzine: Naked, Short

Corzine Agonistes

Inverted Perry
(Note:  disregard the color shift in this photo--the background is white)

Dismembering Volcker (3'x4')

The American Worker

Morgan: Well-Hedged 10-5-11 (3'x4')

It's Even Worse in Europe (3'x4')

Inverted Murdoch.

Black and White Krugman.

Portrait of Ayn Rand, annotated, among other places, in front of the premiere of the Atlas Shrugged movie.

Portrait of former Met, legendary stock picker and Jim Cramer protege, Leonard "Nails" Dykstra, now facing 180 years in the clanger for bankruptcy fraud. Annotated exclusively through Dealbreaker.com, although I added the Mets 86 opening day roster in blue and Nails' career stats in orange. This piece is smaller than the usual annotated paintings, measuring an office-friendly 3' x 4'.

Portrait of Alan Greenspan testifying before Congress.

A reinterpretation of Picasso's "Dora and the Minotaur." This is a relatively small painting--a quick study for a larger work, actually. Hence the modest price.

Completed on the second anniversary of the Lehman bankruptcy. Most of the annotations occurred in front of the offices of Sotheby's, which auctioned the Lehman collection on September 25th. Green pen for ex-Lehman people, black or blue for the general public, and red for annotations on auction day.

Finished in July, 2010, this painting is second only to Eliot Spitzer in the total number of annotations (roughly 275). With its nod to Jean-Michel Basquiat, plus the controversial three nipples, it's an amazing piece.

Annotated @ the 60 day mark of the BP oil spill.

Painted in 2009 but annotated during the Spring/Summer of 2010.

A horse of a somewhat different color. A study for a larger (as-yet-unpainted) work, it measures 30" by 60". You can also commission the larger piece, which should be stunning.

Annotated during the Spring of 2010. It is the third of a planned four-painting series on Richard Fuld.

Painted as a twin to the Fuld painting. Also annotated in front of Lehman for the one year anniversary.

Annotated in front of the old Lehman Bros. building exactly one year after the collapse of the firm.

Annotated immediately following the Rolling Stone expose of Goldman Sachs. Spectacular painting.

Annotated during the Summer of 2009.

Annotated throughout the Spring of 2009, when the economy was at it's most troubled state.
Also a spectacular painting.

Painted after Thain's resignation. Annotated by the painter. This canvas is small--2' x 2 1/2'

Annotated during the initial Madoff inquiry.

Annotated on Election Day, 2008, and immediately following.

Annotated on Election Day, 2008, and immediately following.

Annotated around Wall Street immediately following Greenspan's apology to Congress for his faith in a self-policing free market. Spectacular painting--one of the best.

Annotated around Wall Street during the initial Government rescue plan.

Annotated around Wall Street during the initial Government rescue plan.

Annotated in front of AIG headquarters and around Wall Street during the AIG bail-out

Annotated in front of the Lehman Brothers building during the collapse of Lehman. Lehman employees got green pens.

Annotated during the Republican National Convention. Red for Republican; blue for Democrat; black for Independent

Annotated during the Democratic National Convention. Red for Republican; blue for Democrat; black for Independent

Annotated in front of the Bear Stearns building during the JPMorgan buy-out. Bear employees got red pens.
For sale by original buyer.  $125,000

First annotated in front of the NYSE the day Governor Spitzer resigned from office.

Early Greenspan. Somewhere, hidden in the folds of his neck, is written "I slept with Hillary." Which still makes me smile.

Early Bernanke.

Bartiromo as the Virgin Mary.

Painted @ 9/06, annotated in front of the Wall Street Journal's headquarters during the Murdoch take-over. WSJ employees in red. First annotated painting.
SOLD (but the owner may be willing to sell)