Geoffrey Raymond

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Geoffrey Raymond
Born 1953
New York City
Nationality American
Education University of Virginia in Charlottesville.
Known for Painting

Geoffrey Raymond (born 1953)[citation needed] is an American painter. He is best known for painting best known for painting embattled Wall Street CEOs,[1] then exhibiting them in a public place and inviting pedestrians who pass by to annotate his work with Sharpies.[2] His painting style is described as a Jackson Pollock/Chuck Close fusion.[3] Because of the physical incorporation of public commentary on the face of his works, his Wall Street series expands the notion of traditional portraiture and becomes both painted depictions and historical documentation of the 2008 financial crisis and beyond.[4]

Raymond was born in New York City and grew up in Fairfax, Virginia. He attended college at the University of Virginia, where he studied both art and medieval English, receiving a Bachelor's degree in English in 1976.[citation needed]

He first started painting Wall Street figures in 2006 when he painted a portrait of New York Stock Exchange CEO Richard Grasso during the NYSE compensation controversy.[5]

The first time he encouraged public annotation was in 2007, when he painted a portrait of News Corporation CEO Rupert Murdoch[6] and exhibited it in front of the Dow Jones headquarters downtown. Since then, he has painted a wide range of subjects, including former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer,[7] former Bear Stearns CEO Jimmy Cayne,[8] former Lehman Brothers CEO Richard Fuld,[9] former AIG CEO Hank Greenberg,[10] Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke,[11] former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson,[12] and others. In 2011 he exhibited a second portrait of Murdoch and displayed it for comment outside News Corp headquarters in Midtown Manhattan New York.[13]

Raymond currently resides in Troy, NY and New York City.


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  2. ^ "'Nothing Too Raunchy, and Stay Off the Face' – Daily Intel". Retrieved November 12, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Financial Expressionism – The New York Times > Business > Slide Show > Slide 1 of 11". The New York Times. November 14, 2008. Retrieved November 12, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Exclusive Interview: Acclaimed Artist Geoffrey Raymond". Wall St. Cheat Sheet. July 30, 2009. Retrieved November 12, 2011. 
  5. ^ Dealbook (December 6, 2006). "Artist Finds His Muse in Former Exchange Chief". Retrieved November 12, 2011. 
  6. ^ Heming, Julia (July 24, 2007). "At Dow Jones Headquarters, Murdoch Portrait Gets Graffiti". The New York Observer. Archived from the original on January 3, 2008. Retrieved November 12, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Wall Street vents on Spitzer portrait". CNN. March 14, 2008. Retrieved November 12, 2011. 
  8. ^ Spector, Mike (May 29, 2008). "Scenes from Bear Stearns' Final Hours – Deal Journal". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved November 12, 2011. 
  9. ^ Caruso, David B. (September 17, 2008). "NY artist records public scorn on Wall Street". USA Today. Retrieved November 12, 2011. 
  10. ^ Day to Day (September 23, 2008). "Artist Taps Into Anger At Corporate CEOs". NPR. Retrieved November 12, 2011. 
  11. ^ Ohrstrom, Lysandra. "The Local: On Wall Street, Cautious Fatalism | The New York Observer". Retrieved November 12, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Favorite Wall Street Whipping Boys". CNBC. October 7, 2009. Retrieved November 12, 2011. [permanent dead link]
  13. ^ Prodhan, Georgina (August 9, 2011). "Rupert Murdoch's dynastic dream slips from his grasp". Retrieved November 12, 2011. [permanent dead link]

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