– When controversy looms on Wall Street, chances are that Geoffrey Raymond isn’t far behind, magic markers in hand. The 54-year-old Brooklyn artist has become a regular sight lately on the scene of big Wall Street fiascos, where he gives the public a chance to vent by scrawling comments on his oversized portraits of powerful corporate executives.
He spent Monday and Tuesday outside the Manhattan headquarters of Lehman Brothers, urging passers-by to sign his latest work, a painting of the investment bank’s chief executive, Richard Fuld. Sign they did. Bystanders filled the canvas from edge to edge with comments about greed and comeuppance.
“Blood suckers,” read one.
“See you at the soup kitchen!!!” read another.
Lehman Brothers workers were invited to sign, too, as they entered and left the building. Their remarks, recorded in green ink, ranged from wistful to angry.
“What a day. What a year. What a firm,” said one.
Another worker scrawled, “You are a coward,” next to Fuld’s visage. Called, “The Annotated Fuld,” the painting is the latest in a series that began when Raymond turned up outside the offices of Dow Jones & Co. last summer as the company and its flagship newspaper, The Wall Street Journal, were being sold to Rupert Murdoch.