A graduate of Princeton University, Department of Art and Archaeology, Castellane worked directly under world famous archaeologist Dr. Prof. Eric Sjoquist. Thereafter graduate work at Columbia University under Professors Meyer Schapiro and Julius Held. Then Assistant to Hans Schaefer (noted old master’s art dealer) where emphasis was on such old Masters as Rubens, Tiepolo, Rembrandt, Hals, etc. Opened gallery in New York City (Castellane Gallery) and became notable for having amongst the earliest exhibitions of Pop Art (William Kent indicated in Lucy Lippards 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 has been commemorated as upon his artistic involvement with Yayoi Kusama’s creativity --- Castellane having held the two most significant exhibitions of her career (i.e. “The Peep Show” and “The Mirror Room”) --- exhibitions that have been recreated in numerous museum showings of Kusama, including The Museum of Modern Art, NYC, The Whitney Museum, NYC, and The Tate Gallery, London. Kusama is now deemed by many as one of the world’s most significant artists. Time Magazine recently picked her as the most significant Artist of the Twentieth Century. Also, the National Gallery in Washington is setting forth for a major exhibition of Kusama’s work which is actually no more than a “redo” of two exhibitions Castellane had of her work in the mid-1960’s. Some half a century earlier than the proposed National Gallery exhibition.
After his work in the art world, Castellane attended law school and became an Attorney. His greatest interest however was not in law, but in writing highly creative stories and screenplays. One of his first stories being “Little Hippino” (i.e. Children’s book and screenplay), about a little creature half hippo – half rhino who does an unusual deed that only he, a little misfit can do. Academy Award winner Lou Gossett Jr. loved the story and felt that it should be picked up by Hollywood. During a recent visit to Hang Zhao, China, (a major Chinese animation center), the Director of Animation for China had the story related to him. He loved it and offered Castellane a studio then and there if Richard would stay in China for approximately two years to oversee the animation of “Little Hippino”. The Chinese intended it to be a major breakthrough release into the United States market. Not wanting to stay in China for two years Castellane turned the offer down, but is now in negotiation elsewhere to do the animated story.
Another of Castellane’s screen plays, the comedy “Sushi Tushi”, which is about a losing (32 in a row)professional football team that buys up a school of sumo wrestlers to be made into offensive linemen. Castellane has just completed a pilot script of “Sushi Tushi” which is being planned to become a weekly TV sitcom. Professional critical commentary on “Sushi Tushi” being; “...will become a cult hit...Superb sense of (comic) irony and creative funny situations... Cultural novelty is considerable....Very Funny!!!" Other recent screen plays for animation by Castellane include “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, and “Deedle the Dung Beetle”, concerning a ding-bat dung beetle colony that faces starvation when the “goodies” they usually gather become ungatherable. Castellane has been noted as having an unusually high level of creativity and imagination.
Castellane’s recently completed film “Irrefutable Proof” was awarded the “Golden Palm Award” at The Beverly Hills Film Festival and will be internationally released this coming Autumn. World travel is a very significant part of Castellane’s life, including prolonged visits to Mongolia. He has a particularly warm connection with Mongolia, having hosted several Mongolian students. Castellane is planning in the very near future to return to Mongolia in order to film a documentary on Mongolian "proprioception”.
Castellane currently resides in one of his three homes in Munnsville NY (the other two being on the coast of Maine and on the Black River near Boonville NY). The Munnsville property has 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.