Monday, June 23, 2014

June 7th was the culmination of a partnership of myself and Pen One on a journey that was about 9 months in the making. We created a show pulling from our influences and telling the story of who we are by what we do. Personally I created all of these images over the course of 2 months. I am very proud of this show and happy to share these images.

This was the first image I created for the show and this one got it all rolling...
Batman 14"x24" Acrylic on Panel
Quack Quack Quack 24"x24" Acrylic On Panel

Wave of Mutilation 24"x36" Acrylic On Panel

Blackula 24"x24" Acrylic on Panel

I may be Old School, But I'm not no Old Fool
24"x41" Gel Transfer and Acrylic on Panel

Captain 24"x24" Acrylic on Panel

Flavor 24"x36" Acrylic on Panel

Skull 48"x48" Acrylic on Panel

Rotchester 9"x24" Acrylic on Panel

Pen One 12"x12" Acrylic on Panel
This was a return to color for me...been a while

History teaches us that man learns nothing from history
Acrylic on Panels 12"x18" each

The image I have of the button is a bit blurry, I post when I have a better shot.
Hope you enjoy it, let me know what you think!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Get A Grip

The latest installment of Get a Grip is on it's way...
Here's my entry...come and bid!
The Mummy

Dudes Night Out Anniversary Show

The Dudes Night Out Artist Collective had out one year anniversary show. It was held at ROC brewing company and they even made us a porter for the show. That was kicked in 4 hours from what I was told. Tasty little beverage. I did two paintings for this one...
This is a portrait of Son House. He was a Mississippi Delta Blues cat in the 1930's who became a huge inspiration for Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters. He left Mississippi and moved to Rochester and gave up music. From What I was told his wife didn't want playing the "Devil's Music". He was rediscovered in the mid 60's and returned to playing for the rest of his years. He's been covered by many and been an inspiration to acts like Bonnie Raitt and the White Stripes. In the picture about I tried to show a little of my process. The painting begins with a layer of very dark grays to flesh out the image and then continuous layers are applied slowly changing from dark gray to the last layer of white. The bottom image is the finished painting.
The theme of this show was Rochester. What do you think about when you think of this town? I created the hand with the gun and titled it "Greetings from Rottenchester". I was asked why I chose this..well here we go. A long time ago I traveled to Toronto with Pen One to check out a graffiti festival called Flexbo. Throughout Toronto all these writers and graffiti crews were painting walls and delivery trucks donated by the city. We hooked up with an amazing group of writers and while we were talking one of them asked me where i was from. I told them Rochester. The look of concern on their faces was enough, but then they asked "It's real dangerous down there right? Lots of killings and murders?" I was kind of stunned that this was the first thing they thought of in terms of my city. It's always bothered me to this day so this painting reflects what we apparently project. On a side note, in the local city magazine "The City Newspaper" there was an article entitled "Rochester - The city of the gun" running the same week as the opening...interesting huh?

Boy VS. Girls 2

Boys Vs. Girls 2...
Well we tried as a team to compete against the Girls that are, need I say Proficient, at installation. We went for a cave made out of cardboard, the girls made a Carousel. We lost in the vote tally, but fun was had and the space was enjoyed by many. Thanks to the boys for the opportunity...
Here's some of the pieces I made:
Matchbook of the show flyer, it had matches inside too!

Fire! Burn, burn ,burn!
Spray can...this is about 4 1/2 feet tall
The skater is mine. Donated this to the Mighty Krudco!


Breakfast with Krampus...