Geoffrey Raymond is an artist who takes the concept of 360 degree feedback to the next level. The former advertising executive turned artist co-creates amazing portraits of people caught up in the financial markets meltdown. While Raymond is a gifted artist, the power of these portraits rests in the combination of his work with the scribblings he encourages from passers-by. If you click on the above image of Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, you will be taken to a high resolution image where it’s easy to see what people are thinking about the subjects of Raymond’s work.
The below image of the artist and Bernanke’s portrait comes from a great New York TImes slide show titled Financial Impressionism.
The Year of Magical Painting is Raymond’s blog where he tells us:
On July 4th, 2006, I embarked on a quest to become the pre-eminent American portrait painter of the 21st century. This blog chronicles that journey. With apologies to Joan Didion, I call it THE YEAR OF MAGICAL PAINTING.
Raymond was recently featured on NBC’s Today Show and Nightly News
While we usually think of the latest technology when speaking of social media, Raymond’s work lends an interesting spin on that term as well.