Live painted piece for House Of Vans Chicago (SAUCED) event!
I build a skateboard installation out of skate decks that I skated. I filled about half of the panel and ran out of boards so I had some help from my of my close friends and also the local skateshop UPRISE to complete the build!
Once it was built, PRIME TIME. I painted the whole thing white, let it dry, then I LET IT RIP. Sorry... I just go way too excited there.
I began live painting the piece at House of Vans for a local vendor event called: SAUCED. I got to a finishing point then took it back to my studio to add some pray paint and clean up some edges.
The monster of a piece is now complete, sealed, and hangs in my studio. I will push to find a solid buyer once I create another one. This was all out of fun and a playful experience. Never forget to push yourself to create something that you've always dreamed of. More to come :)
Just another day at the office.
I painted this on the tech floor of the building where there are private seating areas. As you can see, these areas consist of super funky shapes illuminated with glowing "google" colors. So I wanted to make something more contemporary that complimented this entire space.
I'm absolutely thrilled with the final result and for this whole opportunity to spark up the room with a groovy twist!
You read it right! This rock n' roll themed air bnb has a little bit of that Afrokilla touch inside of it! Located in the Humboldt Park neighborhood in Chicago!
I painted the interactive lounge with fluorescent spray paint. Very vibrant both during the day and at night! No filters on these photos, you need to see this for yourself when you book a room!
To view the listing and book a reservation to this room visit: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/22000679
Live Painted wood cutout of an Oil Container for Autograf's Caution Tour at Bottom Lounge. Made with Montana Cans Water Based formula. That's right.... spray paint indoors!
This piece will be available in an auction on Ebay soon with the proceeds going towards a charity. More information coming soon.
Replay Bar in Lincoln Park hosted a 3 week Rick and Morty themed pop-up with installations, special drinks, and an art gallery.
This hand painted piece was my submission for the art gallery. I added my own trippy twist to one of the iconic scenes from the show. I have been doing the colorful eye ball explosion throughout most of my work to signify someone having their "mind blown" with visual stimulation. Seemed to work perfect for this theme so I went for it!
A limited run of 30 prints were made and sold in the pop up as well. The original sold as well during the last week of the pop up with 14 inquires for the piece. There are a lot of Rick and Morty fans out there! Overall a great project to work on with the crew at Replay. I will definitely be looking forward to working with them again for future pop ups they will host. Check 'em out!
48" x 48" florescent mandala. Commission.
(more info and progress shots coming soon)
For this project I was hired by Chicago Segway Tours to redesign their entire facility. There are 5 pillars throughout the space and each of them will have a different design.
For this one in particular I wanted to make something clean and beautiful. Why not a flower? So I decided to make the entire surface covered in floral pedals using my color pallet in gradients.
I used spray paint for the colors and sealed it off with hand painting black lines with acrylic paint. The entire thing took 10 hours to complete. This is where my chaotic style meets a clean aesthetic and I hope to create more work along these lines for high end clients.
Look through out my art gallery to find more pieces I've done in at this facility. It will be an ongoing project until the end of summer 2017.
Every artist who hosts a solo show art Grassroots Chicago is allowed to create a mural for the stairwell into their gallery. So this is the mural I created!
The theme of my show was "crusin' by" as in, cruising by the city of Chicago. So why not paint a skateboarder, to leave my mark? I decided to make it seem as if the skater was grinding on the handrail, making his way into the gallery.
I painted the entire thing overnight in one session. I was so happy with the result that it influenced me to create an ongoing series where these characters are skating other obstacles throughout the city. I'm still in sketch mode and will be releasing these designs over the summer 2017.
This mural will remain located at Grassroots so stop by and check it out sometime!
Completed this 90 foot mural in two days with Creston, Iowa high school art teacher Bailey-Blake Fry-Schnormeier, her amazing students, and my hometown community. A story was published of the front page of the local paper describing the entire process.
I could not have done it without everyone who came out to help make an idea become a reality. I just want to thank you for believing in me and for the tremendous support. Please, enjoy the groovy mural!
Mural for http://livitychicago.com/
(More info coming soon)
Bathroom mural for Logan square's new Yoga studio / wellness center. Managed by Corey Kelly. www.livitychicago.com
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About: When a local community comes together, amazing, creative things can happen.
I came across a group of artists who were creating stunning things for a new yoga space in Chicago. I became part of the roster of artists who involved with making this space as creative, and beautiful as we could.
Each room in the space was designed by local Chicago artists such as Davis McCarthy, Max Davis, Bengfang, Jason, Brammer, and Slang. The last two artists both Jason and Slang have been huge influences to me in the Chicago art scene so it was an honor to spend hours on end working with these guys. Inspiration and experience like this can really change the course of your life. I am happy to have experienced that.
Let's get to the room I designed.
I had multiple sized walls to work with in the Men's bathroom and lots of ideas brewing. I stuck to the theme of a Yoga Studio of course and the fun part was to have total creative freedom with it. I wanted to make a fun bathroom to be in while at the same time creating a loose atmosphere.
The imagery is basically a series of hand guesture mudras which are commonly used and referenced in the yoga community. I combined that with a series of spiritual dieties, animals such as Elephants & Cobras, and even a day of the dead theme. So this all instantly draws a meaning for this mural to be in the space, while also testing your own boundaries of observation.
I have been painting mandalas and art that focuses on finding a deeper meaning within humanity and more importantly, yourself.
I want the viewer to let their mind wander. I created wavy and colorful designs to let your mind relax and open up your imagination.I hope anyways, that can change the way a person thinks, while in a private room. Meaning in a gallery type of setting where they can "appreciate the art".
The goal for every muralist / artist while offering something to the public at the highest caliber to their abilities.
LIVITY: Righteous. Ever-living. It's essence is the realization that an energy or life-force exists within, and flows through, all people and living things.
Find out more about Livity Chicago: https://www.facebook.com/pg/livitychicago/about/
"Breathe it all in" This season's theme for the Lululemon brand.
I used this theme to inspire my live painted design for Lululemon's front window of their new retail store in Fulton Market.
I've done a lot of yoga related artwork so being able to collaborate with this large brand was a great opportunity for me.
This was over black Friday weekend so to celebrate the brand, I custom painted 50 tote bags for shoppers in my studio the day before the event. They were such a hit through out the day. It was a great feeling getting to see people leave with those :)
Overall, the staff and customers at Lululemon are all so generous and gave me a good comfortable vibe to paint around.
Stop by the store to check 'em out! 167 N. Sangamon street in Fulton Market.
Photos by: Emily Wickham (@jugglesatparties)
Mural for Black Atlas Studios.
(More info and photos coming soon).
48" x 48" Bassnectar Mandala. Commission.
(more info and progress shots coming soon).
A commission painting for my high school friend Chris who married his now lovely wife Miranda.
I wanted to turn a simple wedding concept into a trippy, unique piece for them to have hang in their home.
I went with the classic man and woman kissing look, and added layers and layers and layerssss of color onto it. The trippy concept for this piece is appropriated by conveying a feeling you get when you kiss the person that you love.
I framed this piece which is new for me in 2017. I started with a reclaimed antique frame then slashed some color onto it to match the image I planned to create on the canvas.
I shipped the piece to them in Iowa on the same weekend of their marriage. A memoriable weekend for both of them.
-SOLD- 3' x 4' acrylic on canvas.
I live painted at 19 East in the West Loop for a J Dilla tribute show. So of course I had to include a donut, in honor of J Dilla! Bonus points if you actually know this reference.
At the end of the night I was at a good start on this piece. I took the piece home and that's when things got crazy.
I added more and more details and when I got to a point where I couldn't go anymore, I posted a pic online. And that's when people hand tremendous feedback. Most of them were people I had met from the show and couldn't even distinguish the piece from when it started. "Loving the new piece" said someone who had watched me paint the exact one during the night of the show.
I loved how it had changed so much, it made me feel as though I stepped way out of my comfort zone. I had about 5 offers to buy it the day I posted it and narrowed it down to one person. I'm happy with this overall experience and came out with one of my most notable artwork's I've created.
Live Painting for Basel House + Canvas Chicago.
(more info and photos coming soon).
-SOLD- 12' x 8' Acrylic paint on raw demin canvas.
I created this piece for a Demin art show featuring 10-15 artists at Baderbrau Brewery. Brooklyn Demin sponsored the event and supplied the fabric.
Since we were giving such a huge canvas to work with, I really wanted to make a statement. Politics were a huge deal at the time. Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump had just battled it out for the election meaning Barack Obama was coming close to his final days in office. So I decided to have him "leave his mark", as he very well did on this nation.
This piece now lives in Chicago at a private buyers home.
Live Painting Mamby on the Beach 2017 at Oakwood Beach was a BLAST!
Throughout the two day festival I made a goal to make art that just simply looked colorful and groovy.
I teamed up with Synergeo Domes and Bam Creates to paint a symmetrical icosohedron structure. It was quite the challenge. I used a ladder to get to the top edges and even THAT was a challenge. But I somehow pulled it off.
A local artist Don_mega_art came out and painted the other side of the structure which really came together towards the end of the festival. I believe we achieved success when people were lined up to take photos with the structure both during and after creating it.
To everyone I ran into while I was painting... thank you. I could not have done it without your positive energy. See you next year!
Secret Walls is the "Fight Club" of the art scene, inspired by Marvel comics and graffiti. A fixture in the global art community for over 11 years, Secret Walls (Formerly Secret Wars) is the World's premier live art event.
Me and local artist Jc Rivera battled it out for a 90 minute paint jam. JC took home the win for this Secret Walls. He used his iconic "Bear Champ" character that you can see through-out the city of Chicago to knock me out. I'm extremely honored to part of such a large scale event in the heart of the city of Chicago. A night I will remember for the rest of my life. Click HERE to see the full time lapse between me and JC.
Read more about Secret Walls and see if one is coming to a city near you! (Secret Walls Info) Cheers to the next one y'all!
17' x 9' Acrylic Paint on Backdrop.
Live painted piece created just for fun. I stayed up all night in my buddy Evan's photography studio and he allowed me to paint on his photo backdrop. Pretty wild studio session that turned into one of my greatest art accomplishments early in 2016. Check out more of Evan's work at www.evanstonephotography.com!
I showed this piece once at "The drift Room" for their closing party February 2017. I still have this piece in my studio and am planning to either wheat paste it, turning into a public piece, or I'm open to donation. Visit my contact page for inquiries.
Live painted this abstract piece at Estate nightclub.
I felt that it was going to be nearly impossible to have a primary object to focus on painting in a packed night club. So I decided to get super abstract with it. And in turn, of course, this drew even more attention then I had planned on.
I painted until 4:00 in the morning when the party died out and this was the final result. I will start taking this approach when people request for me to paint in a place with a large crowd. Much easier for me to socialize and an instant crowd-pleaser.
Controversial events occur everyday. A good friend of mine organized a benefit show for the events that took place at North Dakota Pine Line in 2016 where water access was threatened in favor of Manufacturing for businesses.
I was on the side of the native settlers who this benefit was going towards, to make an art piece straight from the soul. Something organic that people can communicate to. An to add, I donated 100% of the profits toward the cause.
I had never done this before at an art show. But due to the severity of the event over-ruling my own appreciation to being compensated for talent, I wanted to give everything that I could offer.
It sold at the event, which a huge success for me and the cause.
Hand painted mural at MOCA - Modern Cannabis Dispensary.
Galerie F sponsored a mural project at MOCA for artists to create commission murals through out these hallways. Out of 20 artists I was chosen to paint my own design.
The only rules were that our final pieces had to cover the blue taped area and be our own representation of a potted cannabis plant. I am notable for painting skulls so I figured that subject would make for a good pot for the pot plant to sit in.
The whole piece took me 6 hours to create.
Live painting / pop up mural for my solo show "Crusin' by" at Grassroots Chicago January 2017.
Each panel if you can't tell, is made of a white skate deck, all drilled into the wall surrounding a door. The deck's have all been skated by either me or someone I usually skate with in the city. I wanted this personal aspect to tie into this piece for my solo show.
I brought back an old design since I wanted to add some historic value to my show. This painting is a remake of a piece I created when I first started painting... making it that much more meaningful to me. I make for great discussion during the show, too.
North Coast Music Festival 2017 Installation.
We spent about two weeks of production after creating a design using SketchUp pro. John specializes in creating similar three dimensional domes for City Winery, Canvas-Subchroma and other cool pop-up events throughout Chicago.
John creates these shapes originally to project 3-D mapped images onto. He came to me earlier this year to start painting them instead, so that they can be enjoyed in the daytime for festivals. You can see other work we have collaborated on here on my website for Mamby Beach Festival.
"The Old Guitarist" remake for East Room Art Museum 2017 curated by Nick Fisher.
10 x 10 foot wall mural in Lakeview.
I stayed up all night to create this mural at a house party. And yes, it is as crazy as that sounds. The place was packed full of people throughout the night until 6:00 a.m. I got a lot of space covered and the client was beyond thrilled.
This mural grabbed the attention of Official Ricky and Morty fan pages and recieved a lot of traffic from the apartment tenant's guests. Overall a solid and successful outcome.
A psychedelic jungle! 🌴 Private rooftop mural for a client in Humboldt Park. He found me through this website actually!
The roses are an original rendition of the Chicago flag. The fluorescent wall at the end of the video glows in the dark with a blacklight. Veryyy trippy.
The client let me have total creative freedom with this project which is really hard to ask for on a project at this magnitude. What started from a small idea, had surfaced to a plethora of color and a wide range of originality, easily became one of my best mural projects to date.
Lunar Tide Fest 2017 was a blast this year! I live painted inside of a packed dj room around other live painters. Pretty rad experience and overall great outcome to have finished the painting the night of the show.
I ran into someone who wanted to buy the piece which was even better. Prior to delivering the piece to install at his place, I added just a few more details that can be seen in the final photo of this gallery section. I established a great realtionship from this experience and will continue to work with him on other projects.
Spray paint mural for a private rooftop in Lincoln Park, Chicago.
This was a commissioned piece where I had full range of my design. I was given my first brick wall to do whatever I wanted on. In the span of two days I started learning what the wall was accepting and rejecting in terms of color and amount of paint. This is an experience that every artist should tap into.
On the second day I had a lot of colors and lines down so I decided to switch it up and make it more personal for the resident. He mentioned that he was Jewish and practiced religion so I decided to create a Hasma hand in honor of his appreciation. This immediately completed the piece after I painted this symbol directly in the middle.
As I continue to develop my style, I am also learning the importance of what I'm giving back to the world. Anytime I create a mural, I feel that I have given to the best of my abilities at the largest scale.
Give me your walls!
Live Painting for East Room's pop-up art gallery
Finished piece: "Shook The Can" 4.5' x 3' canvas on board.
Art on display: 7 hand painted skate decks from previous shows.
Spots were designated to you randomly. I was lucky enough to get a solid spot where there were more people standing so I took this opportunity to just get crazy with it.
People thought that the entire wall was out canvas when looking at the piece, even though the canvas was stapled off in one area. But why limit yourself? Put on a show and have fun while doing it!
This piece is now stretched onto a canvas and available for purchase on my shop page.
An original two-set mandala hand painted on a pillar within the Segway Tour's facility. This is the second mandala mural I've ever created. It took about 12 hours to complete.
Live painting Bernie Sanders at Mamby On The Beach 2016.
Alien Abduction commission.
(more info and photos coming soon).
Your soulmate is the person who mends your broken heart, by simply giving you theirs 💗
Hand Painted "Nightmare before Christmas" commission skate decks. A Christmas gift for a 9 year old girl named Caidence. These are her favorite characters in her favorite movie.
3 x 4 foot acrylic painting on wooden panel + recycled skate deck.
This piece was live painted at a loft party hosted by Obscure Realities in Lakeview.
After the event I took the piece to finish it in my studio. I was playing around with different ideas using other objects I have painted before to incorporate to this. I immediately thought of skate decks. I've had a ton of broken ones lying around that I've been meaning to use for something.
So I've declared this as an ongoing series every time that I will break a skateboard I will incorporate the deck onto the same rectangular wooden panel, using a different character.
You can find two more pieces with this style throughout my portfolio page. This piece has also been made into digital works and merchandise that can be found in my shop page.
My Marty Mcfly (Back to the Future) version of a bear on a woodcut template.
This template was given to me for a local art exhibition hosted by Don Mega Art & Grassroots titled: YEAR OF THE BEAR, Celebrating Grassroots Chicago's 1 year anniversary. This was a collaborative exhibit at the Movement Gallery featuring over 40 artists - from traditional graffiti writers to plush sculptors.
Later sold to a local buyer at the art show. He is a huge back to the future fan!
Spring 2017 quarter artist resident at Tula yoga studios.
I made a whole NEW series of skateboards for this because I have never tapped into a series centered around yoga before. I wanted to really dial down a versatile set of yoga terminology that everyone would understand, while at the same time creating something within my own boundaries of style.
I think the final outcome was a success and I received a lot of positive feedback. Swing by Tula Yoga for a class I highly recommend that and see who their featured artist of the season is!
For inquiries, there are a few of these skate decks left for sale on my shop page.
For this project I was hired by Chicago Segway Tours to redesign their entire facility. There are 5 pillars throughout the space and each of them will have a different design. This is the first pillar I started with.
A woman on their company's poster was the subject used for the design. She was riding the segway and I figured since doing characters is my forte' I'd go ahead and give it a try. It was created with spray paint and touched up with black acrylic for outlines. It took about 14 hours from start to finish.
Look throughout my art gallery to find more pieces I've done in at this facility. It will be an ongoing project until the end of summer 2017.
Acrylic painting on standard metal street crossing sign.
Made for my solo show "Cruising by" at Grassroots. It is a self portrait piece of me holding a skateboard. The street sign was chosen in a series at my show.
Hand painted acrylic skateboard set of three.
Florescent hand painted Chicago Cubs baseball cap.
Commission for Anne Kennedy.
(More info coming soon)
A re-purposed long board I painted in my 2014 studio. One of the firsts when I started my career with shows. I've brought it with me for multiple group shows throughout Chicago, since then, so you may have seen it in person before.
It is now for sale on my shop page.
This was an Egyptian themed art show so I wore a robe. It was actually pretty comfortable to paint in. The model, Marine, has been painted in plenty of creative events throughout Chicago. Check out more of her work and events like this at Art beat collective Chicago!
Sold to a local buyer who attended the event. He was digging the "neon city vibe" which is the exact feeling I had when painting it at the event. Looks super trippy with a black light.
-All 3 Pieces SOLD-
PBR art created for fun. I was experimenting with gradient painting and mixed media using a PBR beer box, bottle caps, paint and markers.
I showed a few people the design and it escalated to me recreating the piece for few seperate clients. Pretty wild challenge to dial down the exact same design by hand but I think they all turned out great.
Live Painting at the grand opening pop-up art show at The Future Factory Chicago.
Your local favorite DJ's favorite DJ... DJ SKOLI.
Live painted piece for Skoachella 2017 at East Room.
Check out his Soundcloud for some groovy vibes: https://soundcloud.com/djskoli
Commissioned acrylic painting on canvas & frame for my friend @zpooch!
The goal here was to combine my mandala style with one of her main interests which is the study of the declining bee population.
Sad I know, but as YOU may know, the population of bees is dropping as of lately, and any kind of awareness is needed in order for people to understand what is going on in our environment. Read more about this HERE.
Hand Painted Skate Deck for an art show "Villains at the East Room". Another great event hosted by Nick Fisher in Chicago.
I chose the character "Eleven" from Netflix Original's Stranger Things. vs. her demogorgon villain. It was an awesome show I had currently binge watched so why not make some art from it? Pop culture pieces are fun one off designs for me to make.
I later showed this skate deck at a couple art shows in Chicago. It is now for sale on my shop page.
A pop up mural I did for a musician friend on the West side of Chicago.
I needed a space to practice some techniques and he wanted something with no budget so this kind of worked out for everyone. I'm pretty sure he even made a couple new songs while we jammed out on this creative session.
A huge lesson for me on not always making it about money. You can have a great time and benifit from the experience with out it.
6 x 4 footer Bernie Sanders Live Painted on wooden panel.
I designed it to look 3-D and if you wear 3-D glasses it looks pretty wild. This piece is still in the gallery and is now available on my shop page.
Artwork created for my solo art show at Grassroots Chicago. Sold to a local buyer during the show.
I used a method of multi-layer spray paint with an varnish finish. Not a lot of people can tell... but it was painted on a street sign so it is a metal sheet. Pretty bulky and true to it's own realness when seeing it in person.
Original Re-purposed skate decks and spray paint cans that I've used over the years. Seen in a lot of my local shows and sold in different style on my shop page.
A re-purposed skate deck I painted in my 2014 studio. One of the firsts when I started my career painting pop culture pieces.
Live painted a piece for Wicker Park's monthly party Cumbia Sazo. Every month they pick a new artist to do the event and I was lucky enough to get emailed to come in to do one of them.
Salsa music was playing the whole time I painted which really got me moving in a colorful direction with the piece. I brought it to an art show the follow week and sold it as I was hanging it up. Very proud about that.
Live Painted a portrait of Bernie Sanders (follow his movement) in Wicker Park spring 2015 while canvassers worked to elect him into office as United States president.
The painting was sold to a Bernie Campaign organizer and later made into prints that are still are available on my shop page.
Hand Painted commission skate deck for a local buyer. They requested a board that had a lot of vegetables on it because they cook up a storm in the kitchen. First time ever doing a collage of vegatables and let me tell ya... I was starving the whole time painting them.
Re-pourposed street sign created in a series. This piece was shown at my solo show at Grassroots Chicago and was sold into their collection after the show. You can find this piece for sale in their store or on my shop page.
I was invited to live paint at the Jordan 23 Store in Chicago.
I later took the piece that I had started and focused on more details for the large canvas. It has been shown in a few art shows with a black light because it comes to life with one of those.
It was a huge influence for my "Cruising by" solo show at Grassroots in 2017. This piece is now for sale on my shop page.
Hand painted 3 three-deck series shown at North Coast Music Festival 2016, the first year of their art gallery showcasing multiple artists.
Later sold to a buyer in Chicago who attended the festival.
I took the piece home with me and added details to it, posted it online and someone offered to buy it. I now belongs to the buyer and I had to make sure to give him a pro tip... take a black light to this thing and it will scream with color ;)
Package design I created for Doma Coffee (try their coffee, yum) in 2014.
I drew out all of the characters, scanned them in, then illustrated them on Abobe Illustrator. With one of my skill sets being graphic design, it was an awesome project where I got to combine it with my drawing skill sets.
Hand painted skate deck created at a private event in the West Loop. Shown at 2 different events in Chicago.
Now available in store at Grassroots Chicago.
Teamed up with local music scene Them Flavors to create a series of skate decks for their shows. There 5 different skate decks in this series.
They've been sold at random events they've traveled to and now all belong to local buyers throughout Chicago.
Re-pourposed street sign created in a series. This piece was shown at my solo show at Grassroots Chicago and was sold to a local buyer at the show.
It was a piece I made when I had hit a mental block with creativity. SO I just illustrated the scene at hand. A literal take on the idea of a of a "Speed Hump" with creating art.
-Both Pieces SOLD-
The dog. The myth. The legend... Chippy.
I made a couple custom dog portrait's for my sister's dog Chippy in 2015. He was a brave soul that passed away in 2016. Rest in Peace to the little pup and let these pieces of art be dedicated to him forever.
Artwork made for Canvas Chicago's 2017 New Years Event. The piece was the first one sold in the gallery at the event, which really brought in the new year on a super positive note for me :)
I re-purposed a broken skate deck, drilled it on the back of the DIY wooden template given to me by the gallery, then painted it. Sold the night of the show to a local buyer.
A cruiser deck I made just for fun. I showed this at the Zohu B Art Center and it was gone from the wall when I arrived. I was super confused and the gallery owner told me it had sold right away.
And yes, I ate plenty of tacos while painting this, for inspiration ;)
A logo created for the intro to a short film called "The Zone" in 2016.
It is on Vimeo and can be viewed here: https://vimeo.com/185812779
Directed by: Layne Williams
A hand painted skate deck I made as a tribute to Chicago. Shown at an art show for Canvas.
Sold the week after the event to a local buyer (picture shown of it hung).