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!
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!