Most of us have skeletons in our closet. Many of us have a bone to pick. Some of us are bad to the bone. Whether all, one or none of those apply to you, remove the skin and we're all the same. That's why skulls and skeletons have long been the focus of my art. Plus, they're just cool :)
I've never subscribed to making art based on what other people like. I don't paint landscapes and sea life and pretty flowers for people to hang in their bathroom. I like art that is quirky, unique and maybe even strange. Pretty much the same way I like people.
I'm a long-time fan of skulls and skeletons in art but particularly Day of the Dead art. The imagery has always spoken to me. After picking up a wood burner quite a few years ago and getting completely hooked, I decided to marry the two - the result is this show.
The show will be at Life is Beautiful Art Gallery in Hoboken, NJ (opening reception Sat. May 2, 2015 - running through the entire month of May by private appointment). The works include giant, skull-faced butterflies, whimsically decorated guitars, skeleton love stories, mariachis, katrinas, dead celebrities, bony animals, belt buckles and more. Some a tribute to those who've passed, others a representation of the living.
Prints will be available at the show but only supporters of this show will receive a signed, limited edition print made exclusively for backers. One lucky (and very generous) backer can even obtain the original art for that print. The artwork has not yet been created and I would like suggestions for input on what it should be. What are your ideas? Please leave them in the comments section.
No bones about it, I need your help...
While much of the work is in it's finishing stages, there are still many things required to bring the show to life. Being that I'm located in Florida and the show is in New Jersey, I need to transport myself and the art to the gallery. Frames/mouldings need to be built for some of the pieces along with the cost of other materials, printing and packaging supplies, and food & beverages for the reception. If possible, a collaborative 3-D installation will be constructed at the gallery with the incredibly talented artist and gallery owner Cid Mendez (the good lookin' fella seen in the video).
Risks and challenges
The gallery is booked and the artwork is in its final stages. The only remaining challenge is to raise funds to cover expenses.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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