Tuesday, May 29, 2012
New Piece of Madlib the bad kid, formally known as Otis Jackson Jr. - I've finally
finished what I started on January 13th of this year. The process and application is
getting smoother but far more technical, and has made the finished product a very
rewarding one. Check out the work in progress page to see the process shots of this
piece - One.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Monday, August 29, 2011
Finally finished it, the last piece for the upcoming show in November at La Petite Mort Gallery. This tribesman is apart of the Cannibal tribe called the Asmat out of Papua, Indonesia. As soon as I saw this photograph I knew I had to paint it, the intensity in his expression alone was enough to solidify my idea, then I researched his tribe and found out he was a Cannibal, which made it that much more interesting. Sort of an opposing view to the other 2 tribesman pieces. I really wish I could have painted 7 or 8 of these for the show but they take alot of time and layering to finish. I'm still very happy with these works, but alot of these techniques I used were of accidental success, so it doesn't hurt to try new things! peace,enjoy.
Friday, June 10, 2011
I began this canvas with the intention to create it in a similar aesthetic as the male Massai piece. I found it interesting though, to apply my own outlook to their otherwise unknown personality. Where the male Massai warrior is naturally invested in his own culture, native influences and traditions, the female Massai has been introduced one way or another to modern western culture's; in this case Hip Hop culture. She's intrigued with the movement and diversity of the elements, specifically graffiti and breaking, but enjoys the mysterious abstractions of turntablism. She relates to the Emcee in a spiritual sense, the cypher reminds her of her ancestors ancient rituals which are composed of raw energy, individualism, a sense of combat and inner release - much like a cypher in any Hip Hop form.
She has yet to really discover the intricacies of the culture and only knows the absolute basics at this point, which is vital to her understanding of the actual culture, and not the commercialized, corporate aspects which are far easier to access. She does her own tags whenever she can, teaching young Massai about it and encourages them to try themselves. The adult's don't disagree with her expression, but do all agree amongst each other that she should stay focused on her responsibilities in the tribe. The elder's enjoy this newly found craft of her's, they've taken notice and grant that such activities help her keep in touch with the spirit world and her fallen ancestors. These new found elements of Hip Hop are ones she's adopted to the point where some may call it a religious endeavor, she now knows that there is a beautiful world beyond her land.
I chose to convey this narrative with her because I too feel that strongly about Hip Hop culture. I include it in my everyday life in one way or another through music, painting, writing, digging, learning etc. essentially though it was her expression that I saw that triggered that idea to take form, which is the main plane of inspiration with all these recent portrait pieces.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
I've chosen to title this piece, 'Massai'. I simply came to the conclusion after not being able to come up with a better title but I think it exemplifies the sole meaning of the piece, which is a male massai warrior's expression in mind. I still havn't been able to clearly lay out in words what I'm trying to accomplish by creating these mind explosions on the top of their heads..
Monday, March 21, 2011
New piece.. countless hours have been put into this. Besides from 'The Forgotten Element' I haven't used this many different materials on one piece ( yet it is a tight competition between the two) . I'm pushing myself to experiment with new techniques, whether or not they fail which at first usually do; I accept that as progress in either form. I'm attempting to exemplify emotion and narrative solely using color and texture with the exception of few figurative elements. The most rewarding part of this piece is how all of you will perceive it; it meaning the situation of whats going in/on his mind/head, his expression etc. no need to say anymore except, enjoy.