Tribute to the Fallen of 2013 – Contemporary Artists

Richard Artschwager (89, complications of stroke, American, Painter, sculptor)

Jack Beal (82, American, Realist painter)

Jon Bell Jr. (76, complications of cancer, American, painter)

Michael Patrick Cronan (61, Cancer related, American, Graphic Designer and Brand Identity)

Antonio Frasconi (93, Born in Argentina, raised in Uruguay, lived in America, Woodcut)

Mitchell Hooks (90, American, Illustrator, most known for movie posters and pulp novel covers)

Pasha P183 (29, undisclosed causes, Russian, muralist/painter/graffiti artist)

Henk Peeters (84, Dutch, minimalist)

Shozo Shimamoto (85, Japanese, Avant Garde Emperimentalist)

Merton D Simpson (84, American, abstract expressionist)

Storm Thorgerson (69, cancer, British, graphic designer, best known for some of the most well known album covers for Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and many more)

Wen-Ying Tsai (84, Born in China, lived in America, Sculptor/Cybernetics)

Oleg Vassiliev (82, Born in Russia, lived in America Nonconformist)

Arturo Vega (65, undisclosed causes, American, Painter/Designer, most known for creating the iconic Ramones logo and being their official/unofficial spokesperson)

Charles Waterhouse (89, American, painter mostly of military scenes)

In Queens, The Art Explodes! Welling Court Mural Project 2012

The Welling Court Mural Project curated by Ad Hoc Art had its third block party excitement on Saturday and it was another amazing day of excitement and paint.  I was there starting from around 11:30/11:45 A.M and lasted till almost night fall.  During that time I hung with new friends, old friends, dogs, children, grandmas, artists of all ilks, but no cats.

For this year’s fest I decided I would really try to get three sets of photos.  One that showed the conceptual sketch of the work, an in progress shot and as close to finished as the artist got before I left.

First up is Chris RWK of Robots Will Kill.  He worked on a wall section with VENG Smith and GILF in a theme of Polar Ice caps melting.


Here is his sketch.                                                                                                                                    A Progress shot.

Another progress shot.                                                                                                                         The Final Piece.

Next up is Fumero who seemed to be embracing combining his two artistic visual styles into one amazingly powerful image.


Here is his original concept piece.                                                                                                    Fumero coming to a close on his mural.

This large progress shot is developed from two photos.

Next up is RRobots doing something a little different than what he’s best known for.


This is his original sketch.                                                                   You see that chair guy didn’t make it to the wall, but muscle dude did.


Here you have the final where you can see that the chair made it in the end, but muscle dude got a new hair style.

Next up is Australia’s Stormie Mills.


Original sketch.                                                                                                                                         Progress shot.

The finished piece.                                                                                                              For historical purposes/reflections, Stormie’s piece in 2010, same spot.

Here’s a collabo piece between The YOK, NEVER and SHERYO.


This a sketch NEVER set up of ideas for the collab.                                                                 A skeleton progress shot.

Sheryo adding layers.                                                                                                                           The finished mural.

This is a good place to end this feature article with a promise of more to come, as the folder of Welling Court 2012 photos counts at 200+.

All Talk – It wasn’t all talk

A short document piece based on the art group show at Pandemic Gallery.

This video features music by RAP GANG and a little randomly recorded freestyle by the film’s maker, Reid Harris Cooper.

 

Optimo Visualize

On June 30th, the artist WERDS/Joshua Pacheco had an excellent show in midtown right off the Highline in New York City.  Canvases, aerosol and lots of energy went into this dynamic show and many friends as well as his family showed up.  I was honored to take shots for him and his family.

The star image of the show was this amazing piece.  Werds is actually recreating/recreated this piece on the back of a truck.  Following is a progress shot of that.

As I mentioned Josh’s folks came out and what  wonderful people they are.

Look at his dad, what a mack!

 

Ron English’s Marketing Jesus

Welling Court Mural Projects


On Friday, May 21st I got myself a preview of the Welling Court Mural Project. Welling Court is a physical block in Astoria, Queens… the actual mural project encompasses sections of the wall covering Welling, 30th and Main.

I met up with my buddy Matt and was pleased to see Alice out there as well, also Cern was working and Lady Pink, Cycle, Sofia Maldonado, Celso, Pablo Powers, Cey, Mr. Keijii and a few others were getting their work done.

The next day Matt picked me up so we could head over to Welling to finish up and take in the party. He brought his kids with him which was a nice and enjoyable surprise and made the day so much better. Folks like Tristan Eaton, Michael DeFeo, VENG, and Stormie Mills were out working along with the crew from yesterday. Lots of energy and amazing art was happening.

The whole thing ended up with a huge block party with food and dancing and music. By 9 o’clock I was beat, Matt was beat, the kids were out…so it was time to call an end to everything… but boy was it fun while it lasted. For my own memories I wanna send magical love out to Alison & Garrison and Bogart. Without them, none of it would be possible and an amazing amount of love to the entire community of Welling Court/surrounding area.

To see more photos go check out the flickr set

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