Graduate of Princeton University, Department of Art and Archeology. Thereafter graduate work at Columbia University. Professors Meyer Shapiro, Julius Held. Employed as assistant to Hans Schaefer (noted old masters art dealer) where emphasis was on such old Masters as Rubens, Tiepolo, Rembrandt, etc. Opened gallery New York City (Castellane Gallery) having amongst earliest exhibitions of Pop Art (William Kent indicated in Lucy Lipards book “Pop Art” as Pre 1960), Sensory Art (artist Jo Roman where objects could only be felt not seen), Op Art (artists such as Ben Cunningham etc.), Installation and Psychedelic Art (Yayoi Kusama), and one of earliest exhibitions of Earth artist Robert Smithson. Castellane’s collections have been exhibited at numerous museums including those of Princeton University, the Munson Williams Proctor Art Institute, the Birmingham Museum, etc. Castellane is a law school graduate, but finds more interest in the following.
He is firmly entrenched in doing his own thing, namely writing screen plays; Such including “Little Hippino”, about a little creature half hippo - half rhino who becomes an unusual hero. This story appears to be very close to be made into a full 3d animation film. Another of his screen plays, “Sushi Tushi” being about a losing NFL football team that buys up a school of sumo wrestlers to be made into offensive linemen. Another screen play, “Corned beef and Cabbage”, concerning a love affair between a corned beef and a cabbage that ends in the new St. Patrick’s Day feast being salami and Brussels sprouts. Most recently, a screen play, “Irrefutable Proof”, about the Devil’s secretive involvement in research out to prove the non-existence of any God figure. Several of the above have received highest level critical acclaim and are now being projected towards production. A new project is also under way concerning the battle at “Khalkhin Gol”, Mongolia in 1939, and how it was the key to the Soviet victory at Stalingrad in 1943.
World travel is a very significant part of Richard Castellane’s life, most recently a prolonged vacation to Mongolia. In the past, major visits to China, Japan, Ecuador, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Germany, France, England, Spain, Portugal, Egypt, Greece, Italy, Turkey, Israel, Croatia, etc.
Castellane resides in Munnsville NY on a property with over a mile of trout stream, beautiful forests, and abundant, varied wildlife. He resides with his Chihuahua “Scutterbug”, Mexican Hairless (2 hairs on her head) “Teeny”, and his wonderful Lab/Chesapeake “Missy” who loves the world.