Being From Indiana, I had always heard about ArtPrize and the sheer size of it but it was until September of 2017 that I was invited to paint for the festival. The giant competition lasts more than 3 weeks with over 1,500 works created by different artists. I really had no idea about the scale of it until I arrived.
This was the first year that ArtPrize had included ArtPrize Murals, which was a project that selected 5 artists to paint different shipping containers around the city of Grand Rapids, MI. My shipping container was located on an awesome bridge with a pretty nice breeze the entire time. I really honestly couldn't have asked for a better spot.
My proposal was to paint 2 separate tigers on each sides of the shipping container. One would be a tiger chilling out during the day in a bed of grass and the other would be a tiger dancing underneath the moonlight. Overall, I couldn't have asked for a better experience with ArtPrize and I want to thank the entire team for all their hard work. Also would love to give a big thanks to X-Rite Pantone
Telephone Factory Lofts
During the summer of 2017, I was commissioned to paint an indoor mural for friend's apartment in the Telephone Factory Lofts. I have always really enjoyed painting something to interact with someone's living space. For some reason, it always seems to liven up the room when it is done right.
Honestly, I really couldn't have painted a cooler space. The Telephone Factory lofts are literally that: an old factory turned into a living space. There are a lot of aspects of the factory that are still there throughout the building; old pipes, stone steps, brick walls, etc. so it was fun to see a new painting interact with these old characteristics of the building.
Notch8 Gallery Doors
In October of 2016, I was asked by my good friend Sharon Dennehy (co-owner of Notch8 Gallery) to paint these two drop-down doors out back behind her gallery. Notch8 is a prominent gallery in the Atlanta area and has always shown me love, so I was glad to lend my hand.
Always fun to be able to freestyle and have the freedom to paint whatever you want. No boundaries...maybe that is why I like this one so much. Big shout to Sharon and Miya Bailey at Notch8 Gallery!
During the summer of 2015, I was asked by Orange Spark Ball, Inc. to paint a mural on their studio wall. This wall faces the Atlanta Beltline and is in the middle of a pretty active and upcoming part of town. This was the first time using this color scheme but I couldn't be happier with the way it turned out. Thanks to Meaghan Kennedy and Daphne Cobb for inviting me to spruce this wall up.
Forward Warrior is an annual event in Atlanta that brings tons of different artists together to paint walls during a weekend. The project is run by artist and one of my good friends, Peter Ferrari. Each year there are about 20-25 artists that collaborate to paint a giant wall in Cabbagetown during a certain weekend. 2015 was the first year that I participated in the event and I was able to team up with my friends Sanithna Phansavanh, Jonny Warren, and Peter Ferrari to tackle a larger section of the wall.
Big thanks to Forward Warrior for putting on a kickass event every year! Hope to see you at the next one.
Prison Farm Video
During the scorching summer of 2015, my good friends Dustin Chambers and Maura Friedman helped me film a video for a painting I did at one of Atlanta's historic spots, the Prison Farm. The Prison Farm has been one of the few peaceful places where people can paint without the risk of getting chased out and I really wanted to capture the sheer awesomeness of this place. However, as spots like these become more widely known, the cops like to keep their eyes on them.
Just for filming and painting at this location, I was issued a ticket for trespassing as well as a citation for entering a vacant building. The cop let me finish the wall before giving us the boot, but it just goes to show you that nothing good lasts forever. This video is a dedication to the Prison Farm and all those who have emptied cans out there.
For more information on my friend Dustin Chambers and his photography/video, please visit his website.
Living Walls 2014 (Bankhead)
2014 was a giant year for Living Walls being as it was the 5th year putting on the giant annual Conference. The Conference brings artists from all around the world (Argentina, Germany, South Africa, Spain, etc.) to Atlanta, GA specifically to paint murals and display artwork. This was my second year involved with Living Walls and I was lucky enough to be featured as one of the local artists on the roster. I would be painting next to Xuan Alyfe (Spain) and Kyle Nielsen (Chicago) on the face of an abandoned apartment complex in Bankhead.
For those that are familiar with Atlanta and the neighborhoods that comprise it, Bankhead is a very impoverished area with a hard drug problem. Many were concerned with our presence there and if it was safe enough but regardless, it felt really good to bring something bright to that area of town, even if it is just a few murals. I hope they enjoy it just as much as I did painting it. Thank you, Living Walls. Thank you, Atlanta. Thank you, Bankhead.
If you'd like to learn more about Living Walls, please visit their website here.
UICA, Grand Rapids MI
In early 2013 I was contacted by a good friend of mine, Katie Moore, to participate in a group exhibition out of the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art in Grand Rapids, MI. The COMMIX Exhibition would open in early June 2014 and hang until August 17 2014. I had the opportunity to paint a pretty awesome wall within the museum as well as hang a few paintings.
Cheers, Grand Rapids!
Big thanks to Katie Moore, Magdalene Law, and the helpful staff at the UICA.