CMYK // A TRIBUTE TO DEREK

In 2014 I was sketching a lot… like, a lot. I still have about a hundred or so outlines to paint from that period of time. During that stretch I drew two pieces that I titled CMYK_1 and CMYK_2. Now, It’s rare that I sketch or paint something that i end up liking, but these two pieces were something I ended up really liking. Part of the reason (I think) is because I was really excited about the work that Christopher Derek Bruno was doing at this time (I still am).

Below is a sampling of the sketches, and some of the things I’ve done with them.

First is CMYK_1 - the original sketch and then how I colored it in.

Second is CMYK_2 - the original sketch and then how I colored it in.

Third is a digital print I did with Monokrome Books. This print was a limited run and will eventually be available in my store (when I get it up and running)

Fourth is a collaborative wall I did with Patrick Kane McGregor, Tristan McGregor, and Baby168 in Denver, Colorado for Colorado Crush. The wall is massive… seriously.

Fifth is a mural concept I did for Sky High murals in Brooklyn, NY. I brought in Persue to collaborate with me on this, he adding in a bunch of his characters and personal style, but eventually the project was given to another artist.

The sixth and final image is a concept for a new mural going up in Milwaukie, Oregon fall of 2019. This was the initial concept but the clients wanted to see something more, so I’m currently working on new ideas instead of trying to use old ones.

CAVE SERIES

A while back I was asked to create some album cover art for a local Portland electronic music artist. He was releasing seven EPs in a year so I decided to do seven pieces that were similar in style, but slightly different. The idea was to create a collection in art and music - the musician’s name being EVAC, and the year being 2017. So I did a painting for each letter, and one for each number 017 (I skipped the 2). The project fell through unfortunately but I kept the paintings in my studio, never showing them. In November I was asked to be part of a local group show so I decided this was a good time to pull a few of the paintings out (just the letters), frame them, and hang them up. I gave the pieces the title CAVE_Series 1-4… basically rearranged the letters for EVAC (Sorry EVAC).

Below are the framed pieces that were on show…

WHAT I'VE DONE, YOU DO

I was recently contacted by a fan of my work looking to purchase a piece of art. After some back and forth we worked out that a commission piece was the best route. He gave me some dimensions and I set off. This one is on it’s way to Kelowna BC. Thanks, Curtis!!

What I’ve Done, You Do // 2’ x 9’ x 1.5” // Enamel and Latex on canvas // 2018-19

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Side note:

Contrary to some feedback I’ve received, the title for this painting relates to absolutely nothing. To be completely transparent, all titles for my paintings come from song titles. Usually several song titles mashed up into one, and this painting is no different. I’m aware (now) that the title could have meaning to what I do (my style) and what some other artists do (similar to my style) but when I named the painting that was not my intent. Honestly, that I have to explain this is slightly frustrating. I suggest those looking for meaning in my titles not waste their time.

MANUAL FOR SPEED

Earlier this summer I was asked by the super nice guys over at Manual for Speed to be an Artist in Residence for their summer collection. I took no time to answer that one... yes, yes I do want to!! I took my style and applied it to a cycling kit, added some wicked bright colors (for me) and let those guys run with it. 

They did a crazy photo shoot (and a lot of people thought the model was me) with an equally awesome backstory. The MFS guys are really cool, very fun, and seem to enjoy everything they do. 

And this isn't the last thing I'll be doing with them. We got a little something extra coming out soon!

*Sorry, but all of this stuff is sold out

 

 

PROCREATE

The agency I work for got me the new iPad Pro a few months back because they always saw me sketching and figured it would be cool to have as a tool in my arsenal. Obviously, I was stoked and couldn't wait to dig in. After some research about the best app for drawing/painting, I decided to give Procreate a try. There was definitely a learning curve to understanding how to customize brushes and make things work the way you want them to, but once I got going the iPad Pro and Procreate quickly became my go-to for sketching ideas. 

 

And of course, I've been playing around with personal stuff. This was something I was working on for HiFi wheels, as a large graphic that would apply to their carbon wheels. Then I got this idea of doing an entire bike that was 80s Hip-Hop/Graffiti/B-Boy themed. I haven't dug much deeper into the idea but I'm thinking I might have to, especially with Squid Bikes setting up their Rattlecan frames specifically for full customization. 

I'M NOT WORTHY

I've been wanting to custom paint a bike for a while, now. I finally saved up enough cash to make it happen, but I needed to find someone who was doing fun and interesting work. I can't remember how I found Poseur Sport, but I did... and that was it, I had found my painter.  

After a few brief emails back and forth with James Terrani, We had our ideas nailed down and my frame/fork/stem/bars were off to Brooklyn. In no time at all I had the pieces back... and they were glowing. James had shared a few images with me of the paint scheme but they did not do the bright green any justice. This bike glows. I updated the 2010 SRAM Red to the new SRAM eTap... which is amazing. I got one of the last boxes of limited bar tape from Manual for Speed, and I spent some time cleaning up my wicked fast HiFi carbon clinchers. With the pro build from Sellwood Cycles, I'm all set. It's a fast one!

I'm not worthy to ride it. And yes, I know... I need to cut the fork down. I'm on it!

 

 

EXCEPTIONAL

On April 14th, 2016, Scream Exhibitions gallery in London opened Exceptional, a group show featuring new work by Augustine Kofie (USA), Zanny Mellor (UK), Martina Merlini (ITALY), Steve More (UK), Charley Peters (UK), Livvy Tyler (UK), and myself.

Below is the work I submitted for the show and some images of the work hung with my peers work. Each piece is 2" thick Russian Birch, and my line work has been CNC'd out of the layers of wood, creating a torn landscape. My initial plan was to paint over the pieces but the more I looked at them the more I fell for the raw beauty of them. 

 

SELF PORTRAIT

Did you miss the chance to pick up my newest print release I did with 1xRUN back in August? From now until end of day Sunday, December 7th, the remaining prints are available!! The crew over at 1xRUN were very supportive (and really patient) working with me to get this print released, but the original run was only for two weeks... if you missed it, you missed it. So, you know... don't miss it!! 

SELF PORTRAIT / 6-Color Screen Print on 130lb Mowhawk Fine Art Paper / 18x24 / Signed & Numbered / Limited to 100 

 

SOLD OUT

 

 

REWIRE

In August I am proud to participate in REWIRE, an exhibition that brings visual and audio artists together. 

REWIRE is an international line up of visual artists have created works which are now being interpreted sonically by audio artists. Effectively reversing the common record model where the artist creates an image to capture the mood of the music.

The visual works come from a curated line up of abstract urban artists. The audio artists have been selected from the vein of experimental electronic music.

The project will culminate in a multimedia exhibition, book and vinyl box set. Curated by Rob Swain (Gamma Proforma) and Andrea Parker (Touchin Bass / Aperture). 

We need your support to bring this project to life in the form of a book & vinyl box set. The exhibition will take place irrespective of the kickstarter campaign. Opening night, Saturday 9th August 2014 at Gamma Transport Division, Stockbridge, Edinburgh.

Visual Artists

Augustine Kofie
Jerry 'Joker' Inscoe
Poesia
sheOne
Nawer
Stendec
Moneyless
Phil Ashcroft
Derm
Robert 'Tone' Proch
Sebastien Preschoux
Sat One
Graphic Surgery
Felipe Pantone
O.Two
Roids
Clemens Behr
Christopher Derek Bruno
108
Kidghe
Stohead

Audio Artists

Luke Vibert
Divine Styler
Mike Ladd
Andrea Parker / Daz Quayle
Cristian Vogel
Arovane
Einoma
Third Shock
Methodblack
Lyken
Monkphat
Plaster
Clatterbox
GFQ
Quinoline Yellow
Evac
Kero
Dalglish
Bogger
Northburg
Ed Devane

Show your support by going to Kickstarter and pledging a few bits to help see the book and vinyl box set made. Depending on your pledge, you can walk away with something pretty special.

 

COMMISSION PIECES

First, let me apologize for the long silence to this blog, and to the whole website. It's not that I haven't been busy since November, I have, but I have just neglected to keep up with the website and sharing my work as it gets done. I sincerely apologize for that. 

I'll open with two commissions that friend Heidi McBride put together for me. Heidi has been a great help with local work, as of late, and I'm incredibly grateful for all her help and handling of these projects. They've been cool and fun to work on and I've learned a lot from doing them. 

The first commission was for a new realtor in the Portland area. Located down the street from a previous commission that Heidi put together, this one was rather large. Not in the size of the work, but in the workload itself. The new realtor wanted a very graphic interpretation of a map of Portland painted on their main wall, and five of their barn doors custom painted. Below is the mural (still waiting to get good shots of the doors)...


The second commission was for a friend of Heidi's who wanted a piece of my artwork for her home. A great project to work on as I love seeing my work hanging in the home of someone who truly appreciates art. The piece I did was a triptych on wood panels that were each 24 x 24 x 3. Below is the final result...


SKATE & DESTROY

Earlier this year I participated in a retrospective exhibition in Washington DC called Pump Me Up, at the Corcoran Art Museum. While at the opening I met the owner of an art/skate shop called Art Under Pressure, and we made plans to release a custom limited edition skate deck that he would sell at the shop. Limited to only 50 of each cut, these CMYK boards are available now!

You can pick up a Cruiser shape or a regular shape, completely up to your style of riding. 

Boards available here.

 

THREE THE HARD WAY - OPENING

November 7th was the opening reception for Three The Hard Way, a three-man group show featuring Augustine Kofie, Christopher Derek Bruno and myself. Showing all new works at Breeze Block Gallery in Portland, Oregon, Sven Davis curated a great line up with three artists whose works are very different, but compliment each other quite well. Below are some selected images from the show from each artist as well as a collaborative mural done in the back of the gallery.  

 

There's also a nice re-cap of the show with a lot of pictures over at Graffuturism and even a short interview on OPB (Oregon's NPR station) that was done just as the show opened. The interview is 46:00 minutes into the recording, so skip ahead if you want to hear just our bit. Thanks to April Baer for coming out and doing the interview!

SKIN & BONES AVAILABLE NOW

SKIN & BONES are two prints... one is the 'skin' of the artwork, the other the 'bones'. The prints are three color, hand-pulled screen prints masterfully done by John Goff at Serigraphic Systems Inc. Printed using archival inks on 100lb archival paper, each print is signed, numbered and embossed for a limited edition of 50 of each print.  

$75 each

Available here 

 

 

 

SKIN

BONES  

 

THREE THE HARD WAY

It's now officially less than a month away from the three-man group show I will be participating in with Augustine Kofie and Christopher Derek Bruno at Breeze Block Gallery, here in Portland, Oregon. Curated by Sven Davis from Arrested Motion, more information about the show can be found on the event's Facebook page, here

Save the date and come say hi... 

 

NOVEMBER LOOMS AHEAD

Spending long hours in the studio working on new pieces for the upcoming three man group show with Augustine Kofie and Christopher Derek Bruno at Breezeblock Gallery, here in Portland, Oregon. The opening reception is November 7th but there's lots of work to do before then.  

A few shots from the studio... 

 

3339 DIVISION . PART TWO

With the help of Heidi McBride securing the mural and handling all the logistics, and my wife Rachel helping with painting, the mural at 3339 Division is complete. 

I'm pretty happy with the outcome and glad to have had the opportunity to put this mural up in my city. This is my second mural in Portland, and hopefully it won't be my last! 

 

3339 DIVISION

I'm currently working on designs for a mural that will go in the entry way of a new condo building on 3339 Division street, here in Portland. If you haven't been to Division street in a few years… you should go check it out. From 12th all the way up to 52nd the street has transformed into a modern day Hawthorne or 23rd street, and they keep building and renovating! 

I'm working with Heidi McBride (from Heidi McBride Gallery) on selecting a design for the mural. She's been a huge help in planning and securing the space, as well as working with the building owners to make sure everything works for everyone. A huge task!

Below are the two designs I've submitted...

 

 

EXPERIMENTS

I've been doing little studies in the studio as I look to grow as an artist. Little experiments with texture, line and darker colors. Thought I'd share a glimpse... 

 

THE BOOK THAT NEVER HAPPENED

Several years ago a friend of mine, Ian Lynam, took on the huge task of putting together a book about my Graffiti and art career. All I did was supply the photos and drawings, the stories and answered questions... Ian did all the hard work. Design, layout, photo retouch and the task of writing. It was a massive undertaking and he did it all for fun. I had no publisher prospect nor any money to produce it on my own. The finished book never saw the light of day, though I do still have a digital copy on my hard drive which I've glimpsed at a few times over the years with a sad face. 

Ian recently published an excerpt from the book on his website, which you can read here, along with some more recent photos of work I've done that you've already seen posted to this blog.  

Thanks Ian, I truly appreciate all that you've done for me, and continue to do! 

PRINTED MATTERS

This Thursday, May 30th, will be the opening of Printed Matters curated by MadOne at Screaming Sky gallery, here in Portland. The show will focus on all types mediums/methods of printing. The list of artists participating is sure to make this opening one not to miss.  

I'll be featuring my TIVIST print, of which I only have a handful left.

If you're out an about on Thursday, definitely stop by Screaming Sky gallery and check out some art!