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Richard Hutchins was able to go from being homeless to having his own art gallery/auction in Beverly Hills in a matter of weeks. And, soon, he will be visiting a theater near to you.
Richard, an artist who lived on the streets for years in Los Angeles after his art studio burned down, joined "TMZ Live" Monday with Charlie Rocket... 2 Chainz ex-manager. Richard met Richard accidentally in a grocery store parking garage on Easter Sunday.
The story is a tale of rags to riches, similar to "The Soloist" or "The Golden Voice". Charlie found out that Richard was an extremely talented artist who, in his prime, had been commissioned to work for Marvin Gaye and Richard Pryor.
Richard was down on his luck for many years. But fast forward to last Wednesday, when he was praised as he walked into his own gallery/auction featuring work from the Sofitel. The shindig was attended by around 500 people, including Damon Dash.
Charlie met Richard and helped him set up Richard's website to sell prints. Richard says he has made more than $200k.
2 Chainz was actually one of the first customers. Steve Harvey also purchased a painting for $3,000.
What's next? Richard claims that he has already been offered an actor role as an artist. Richard also wants to help others now that he's got the resources...and tackle Skid Row.