A month ago, my friend Melinda of The Burbs Murals and I worked on this 18' x 8' mural for a pediatric ER in the heart of Dover, NH. She received the commission and kindly asked me to assist. It was completed in one weekend, working 10hr+ days. This project was a highly rewarding experience, not only due it's location, but because it's in honor of the patron's late wife. We hope it brings calm to anyone that's treated in this room.
Early April 2017, I was approached with the opportunity to create a public piano for Wakefield, MA. The answer was yes, absolutely, let's do it!
After completing a public piano for Peabody, MA during the same time period last year, I wanted this year's to have a completely different feel. Jump over to my public art page to see them both. Last year's "What Sound Does Color Taste Like?" was completed in four days vs this year's "Neon Memphis" which was completed in 4-6 hour sessions over two and a half weeks.
"Neon Memphis" gets its name from the Memphis design movement that was created in the 1980s and rose to popularity in the 1990s. The piano's design makes use of geometric shapes from the sheet music rest and features color blocked sections, while being punched up with fully saturated color.
Quickly view the process of bringing Wakefield's "Neon Memphis" to life by watching the video below!
Thank you to Chris Carino of Carino Media for producing this video!
If you're a fan of hearing tactics and perspectives on social media for creatives I highly recommend this lecture with Michael Cuffe. If you're already on your game, it'll still give you a boost of motivation and a surge of enthusiasm.
About a week ago I started a scaled down master copy of one of Van Gogh's iris paintings. It's a 9" x 12" in oil, so it's significantly smaller than the original which is 29" x 36 1/4". Everything has been sketched out and I began laying in paint this weekend. In this copy, I am striving for accuracy in color and brushwork. With the difference in scale, the brushwork is the biggest challenge so far. Once completed, it will travel half way around the world to be placed in the home of a very good friend. Check out my progress in the images below!
There's a few fixes and a handful of details left. You may notice the composition has one major difference to Van Gogh's original. That'll be addressed at the end and yes, I have my solution.
So, I have a bit of a confession. I'm obsessed with (good) lectures. Before Kanye West's 'Famous' (and I'm in favor of Kanye West and his work), I've been listening to Vincent Desiderio's lectures that are posted on YouTube. If you'd like some sort of proof, I have his 1989 publication from Lang and O'Hara Gallery. Fun fact: 1989 was also the year I was born. Aquarius. Anyways, in addition to respecting his work, I also love the 4-5 lectures that I've found on the glorious internet. I've also listened to the numerous New York Academy critiques on Vimeo. Anything I can find, really. What's great about his lectures, in my mind, are that they are so consistent. They are at least an hour long or more but they are a great listen in or out of the studio.