Thursday, October 20, 2011

ArtBridge - Works in Progress - Opening

I am extremely privileged and honored to be one of the 20 Brooklyn artists whose work will be displayed at the Barclays Center starting today. The work will be up until construction is complete in 2012. The Barclays Center is the future home of the New Jersey Nets and Devils. It is located on Flatbush Avenue close to where it intersects with Atlantic Avenue.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Barrier Beautification, New York DOT

I just entered this piece to paint jersey barriers in NYC. Jersey barriers are the concrete links that are placed along a road or highway during construction. I've seen these things painted with works of art and always wondered who was responsible for it. Now I know. I'm not sure how many artists get chosen. The last contest back in Spring had 4 winners. Each winner gets a section in one of the five boroughs to be painted in one day with a group of volunteers. The barrier could stretch for over a thousand feet. If I get this, it'll be my biggest painting yet. Wish me luck.

Monday, August 15, 2011


I had the pleasure of doing a mural in Hungtington, Long Island at a school/summer camp. This video is just a snippet of the video I'm currently editing. Just a little thank you to my wonderful assistants.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

ArtBridge - Work in Progress

'Swim', ink on paper, 2011

This piece was selected for an outdoor exhibit in Brooklyn at the Brooklyn Arena which is currently in construction and is slated to open in 2012. The title of the exhibit is aptly titled WORK IN PROGRESS. Artists were told to enter works that depict that title in any way. I took the literal route and entered a piece that is unfinished. You can see how I work blocking in the outlines and filling them in in minute detail. The exhibit opens in October.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Bleeding Hearts June 30, 2011

I had the privilege of participating in a unique event. Futurist album release party for War Is Yesterday. Held at Rebel NYC, there were 3 floors of art installations featuring videos, dancers, bands, performance art, singers, etc. My contribution was cut out paper on a red neon lit background. The effect was surprising and lovely. Overall, the event was a major success. I apologize for these small photos. My camera's batteries ran out that night so these are from Facebook. C'est la vie.

Thursday, July 14, 2011


Just in case you're in Chelsea, specifically on W. 23rd St between 9th and 10th, my artwork is displayed along with 24 other artists' work outside of London Terraces. It will be up until mid-November.

'Thirty-Three', ink and acrylic on canvas, 2010

Meanwhile, ArtBridge has a current call for artists for another outdoor exhibition which will be just blocks away from where I live in Brooklyn. Several artists' works will be displayed at the new Arena for the New Jersey Nets while it's being built. The estimated date for the arena to open is late 2012. The winning artists will have their work displayed starting some time in September. Below are my entries which will be enlarged to 4' X 16'. All entrants will find out if they were chosen some time in August.

'Creation', ink and prismacolor on paper, 2011

'Swim', ink on paper, 2011

Monday, June 20, 2011

Bugaboo Stroller Design Contest

I entered a design for Bugaboo for their new denim collection on their strollers. True Blue is the tagline and I entered this design because it reminds me so much of being in the water. There are a lot of contests these days. I chose this specific one to enter because I would like to get into textile design. It was fun transferring my artwork onto the templates Bugaboo provided. The most votes get to the Top 50 and from that 3 winners will be chosen. The top 3 will then be on the Bugaboo Facebook page in which the winner will be the one with the most votes.

**7/3/11 - Well, I didn't win this one but it was great to see so many people supporting me in getting to the top 50.

Mighty Tieton

Sunset, 10"X10", ink and prismacolor on paper, 2011

Seasons, 10"X10", ink and prismacolor on paper, 2011

Morning Swim, 10"X10", ink and prismacolor on paper, 2011

These are three pieces I entered for a group show at Mighty Tieton Gallery in Washington State. Last year, one of my drawings made it in and was sold. All works exhibited were also published in this awesome book made and bound at Mighty Tieton which also boasts a bookbinding and publishing warehouse.

I love these new pieces I've been working on for the past few weeks. The colors of the summer are evident in this series and what is also evident is how much I need and want to go spend time near the ocean.

Results are announced July 1st. Wish me luck!

** 7/3/11 - The judges chose two of my pieces "Morning Swim" and "Sunset". I'm so psyched to be in this show.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Piece for ArtistsWanted

It's been a while since I posted anything here. In December of last year, I decided to quit my job and become an artist full time. I must say, it's not as fun as I thought it would be. I miss the social interaction of being a bartender. I miss having a schedule. This experience is a lot like retiring. All of a sudden, you have all the time in the world with a limited amount of funds. I also realized that being an artist is one of the loneliest professions in the world. What was I thinking? Thank God I have 7 roommates to keep me company. It's not all a loss though. My portfolio has improved tenfold. And, the social interaction with my friends has increased since I no longer have the excuse of "I can't. I'm working that night." I plan to post more often. In the meantime, here's a piece I entered for ArtistsWanted - Self Portrait contest. The winner gets a whole year paid for (based on the average income of an artist - I'm sure the incomes of artists like Damien Hirst or Jeff Koons were not included in the calculations). If I win this, I guess I'll take another year off.