Here is a personal card I made for a friend and fellow Cleveland surfer's birthday. As of lately, I have been looking at a lot of contemporary folk art ,which seems to have inspired this little piece. I wanted to play around with flattening the perspective and icons into a pattern-like composition of verticals and horizontals. I would like to try this technique again, but venture out of my comfort zone with looser, more irregular shapes.
I participated in a group show at Shoparooni called Straight from the Crate. The affiliated artists were asked to create imagery using old vinyl records and album covers as a common substrate.
Here is my submission, a series painted in acrylic titled Femme Fatale.
Here are mycolor studies, I made prior to beginning. I was pretty stoked about the lime one, yet as you can see, changed my mind during the painting process. Inspired by the tonal grey base coat, I decided to go with a limited color palette (incorporating the grey and adding the cranberry with a pop of pink). I felt this suited the title/subject matter. The grey representing the subtle darkness of the vixen and the candy pink being symbolic of her alluring qualities.
Info on the Show from Keith Corcoran:
Using old vinyl records originally destined for the trash as their canvas, the participating artists have created a diverse collection of traditional and contemporary art.This show runs from June 26 through July 26 at the very hip Shoparooni Gallery Annex in Cleveland's Waterloo Arts District and features artists from Cleveland, LA, NY, Arizona and Australia.
In an effort to take some of the mystery out of art buying, this show, unlike others, will be "cash-and-carry," meaning if you see something you like, you can take your new-favorite-artwork home with you that night, straight off the wall! "The overall goal of the show," says curator Keith Corcoran, "is to put high-quality one-of-a-kind artwork in the hands of the average citizen at a price that won't break the bank."Artists include...Alison Kurzeja, Aaron Wildasin, Anthony Davila, Bill Kerner, Cheryl Andrey, Claire Mojher, Chris Hsu, Carlos Villagra, Daniel Edlen, Dave Savage, Derek Welch, Derek Yoder, Eliza Devogel, Erik Flesher, Emily Gross, Giao Buu, Jaden Devogel, James Groman, Jeffrey Conrad, John DeLucca, Julia Kuo, Keith Allen, Keith Corcoran, Kevin Carr, Kelle Schwab, Kelley Corcoran, Masa Homma, Nomar Perez, Numskull, Renee Froerer, Robbie Busch, Shaun Edwards, Steve Ehret, and more!
For more information contact:SHOPAROONI,15813 Waterloo Road,Cleveland OH, 44110216.383.3633www.shoparooni.com
I was very fortunate to be given the opportunity to display work with one of my best friends and colleague, Coleen Kolarik in the Creative Gallery at the American Greetings World Headquarters. We chose the female form as our subject, and experimented with a variety of different mediums. Please click on press release article below.
Coleen and I collaborated on the show poster in an effort to combine our two separate styles. After a couple late nights, over due library books, and thumb nail sketches, this was our end result. I think I enjoyed creating this image with her the most out of the whole show experience.
Here is my work for the Show. I experimented with juxtaposing an expressive line with more representational portraits. I started the first painting with a very naive marking to accompany the rendered face and then progressed to a more graceful brush stroke with the following piece.
I am super stoked to be participating in a skate deck show! All Hands On Decks is being held at the AG gallery from January 19th- 30th and is featuring over 40 different artists. Please stop by if you have the opportunity, there is a great group of eclectic boards on display.
Here is my submission for the show. I revisited a design I had made prior to this experience, by making some digital adjustments to the figure and layout. I originally began with an ink line drawing and then blocked in the color with oil. I then scanned this and did some final painting touch ups in photoshop along with the decorative flourishes. I hope you enjoy it!
From left to right: Me, Emily Gross, Claire Mojher, & Julia Kuo.