Wednesday, July 18, 2012

                                                                          Untitled - 2.5' by 5 ' - Mixed Media on Canvas - 2012

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

                                I'm feeling the vibrancy of these summer days, its coming through in the work! Bless


Sunday, October 23, 2011

               Flyer for Mine and AZDEAD'S show at La Petite Mort Gallery November 25th, courtesy of the big homie Pat Buck

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

Solitude Refinement

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.


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Time Waits For No Man

                                  New Piece: Time waits for no man - Acrylic on Canvas, Painted from reference - 2011 - Sold

Sunday, November 7, 2010

The Native Sun - Detail - 2010


The Forgotten Element - Detail - 2010

 Detail 1/3

 Detail 2/3

                                                                               Detail 3/3
                                                                                           Title: The Forgotten Element
                                                                                       Medium: Mixed Media on Canvas
                                                                                       Dimensions: 48 x 60" Date: 2010


                                                                                                 Title: Let it Manifest
                                                                   Medium: Acrylic on canvas
                                                                                   Dimensions: 30 x 40" Date: 2010 

                                                                                                                 Title: Soul
                                                                                       Medium: Mixed Media on canvas
                                                                                       Dimensions: 2 x 5 feet Date: 2009


                                                               Title: Above the Clouds (Where the styles are original)
                                                                       Medium: Mixed Media on Wood Counter tops
                                                          Dimensions: Appr. 5 x 5 feet Date: 2010

                                                                             Title: The Outrage
                                                                                  Medium: Acrylic & Aerosol on canvas
                                                                                     Dimensions: 2 x 4 feet Date: 2009 

                                                                                   Title: Totem
                                                                                   Medium: Acrylic & Aerosol on canvas
                                                                                      Dimensions: 2.5 x 5 feet Date: 2010


Saturday, November 6, 2010

                                                                                              Title: We Love
                                                                                  Medium: Acrylic & Aerosol on canvas
                                                                                       Dimensions: 3 x 4 feet Date: 2009

                                                               Title: The Native Sun (Channel Live)
                                                                                 Medium: Acrylic & Aerosol on Canvas
                                                                                         Dimensions: TBA Date:2010