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Hundreds of Free Paintings for Strangers. 100 Original Paintings for Backers. A Non-Profit Project.
Hundreds of Free Paintings for Strangers. 100 Original Paintings for Backers. A Non-Profit Project.
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Space Cadet, by Madi Payge (Find her at $100 Reward Tier)
Space Cadet, by Madi Payge (Find her at $100 Reward Tier)

FREE PAINTINGS FUNDED:   301 (Over $100,000 value)

REWARD PAINTINGS CHOSEN: 91 (Over $30,000 value)

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Our project is now becoming much more permanent! We have a website and plan on making this an ongoing event! See our website at http://paintingsforstrangers.com/ for more info!

What is my project? 

  • I want to give away hundreds of original paintings to strangers in our community (Salt Lake City), completely for free. I am working with 5 local artists, including neo-surrealist-psychedelic-cubist artist Alex Lucas, who will help make these paintings. It only costs us $10 to give away one painting. By backing my project, you are paying directly for the canvases and paint used to make the paintings that we give away. 
Dax, from our video, as he receives his free painting
Dax, from our video, as he receives his free painting
  • Additionally, the artists that I am working with have agreed to make approximately 100 reward paintings for you!
The 100 Blank Canvases with Hunter S. Thompson and Crucifixion Lady by Murder
The 100 Blank Canvases with Hunter S. Thompson and Crucifixion Lady by Murder

Project Plan:

  • Make reward paintings (July 2014 - February 2015)
  • Fulfill reward paintings (February 2015 - June 2015)
  • Make and give away free paintings (June 2015 - June 2016)

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Note: If you do not opt for a reward painting, each $10 that you donate will fund one painting for a stranger.  

Similarly, each $10 that you donate above the level of your reward tier will fund an additional painting for a stranger.

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How many paintings will we give away to strangers? 

(Money Raised - Cost of Fulfilling Rewards) / 10

Stretch Goals:

$2000

  • New Reward: Alex Lucas Paintings
  • Will fund a minimum of 50 paintings for strangers, and a maximum of 200!

$3000

  • New Reward: Wall Murals ($400,$3000)
  • Will fund a minimum of 75 paintings for strangers, and a maximum of 300!

$4000

  • New Reward: Original one-of-a-kind Airbrushed T-Shirt. Signed by artist. Each shirt is washable. You can wear it, hang it on your wall, or anything else you can think of! 
  • Will fund a minimum of 100 paintings for strangers, and a maximum of 400!

$5000

  • New Reward: Madi Payge paintings ($100) 
  • Will fund a minimum of 200 paintings for strangers, and a maximum of 500!

$10000

  • New Rewards. 
  • Will fund a minimum of 700 paintings for strangers, and a maximum of 1000!

Examples of art we already have given away:

Alien Worlds, by Alex Lucas
Alien Worlds, by Alex Lucas
Infinite Regressivision, by Alex Lucas (spray paint, acrylic, and oil on canvas)
Infinite Regressivision, by Alex Lucas (spray paint, acrylic, and oil on canvas)
Faceless Lady, by Murder (spray paint on canvas)
Faceless Lady, by Murder (spray paint on canvas)

Art by 'Murder':

Alien Landscape Mural, by Murder
Alien Landscape Mural, by Murder
Reminisce and Disassociate Mural, by Murder
Reminisce and Disassociate Mural, by Murder
A Painless Disconnect, by Murder (acrylic on canvas, work-in-progress)
A Painless Disconnect, by Murder (acrylic on canvas, work-in-progress)
Exposed, by Murder (pencil on paper)
Exposed, by Murder (pencil on paper)
Red and Black, by Murder
Red and Black, by Murder

Look at our instagram account to see more art by all of our artists! www.instagram.com/paintingsforstrangers

**Any of the reward paintings may include depictions that challenge the beliefs of many in today's society. If you are not okay with this, then you may want to reconsider opting for the reward.**

Risks and challenges

This project is relatively low risk. There is more than enough time to fulfill the painting shipments, there is very little capital to deal with, and I have already negotiated cheap packaging for the canvases. If we finish sooner than anticipated the canvases will be mailed early.

Other than that, the only real risk is that a canvas is damaged in shipping. That would be a tragedy for all of us. We are going to minimize this risk by using packaging that is right-sized and by carefully wrapping each canvas for protection. Using right sized packaging will also help minimize our carbon footprint by producing less waste and making the transport as efficient as possible.

If a canvas does get damaged, please understand that we won't be able to send you a new one for free. We don't have a lot of money. That said, we would love to work with you to get you a new painting for as little cost as possible.

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    Receive a signed copy of an original Hansi poem. This funds one painting for a stranger! Each additional $10 will fund an additional painting!

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    PAINTED SHIRT: An original one-of-a-kind airbrushed t-shirt by one of our graffiti artists (Murder, Sir Omzi, Geome). White cotton shirt, S-XL. You also fund 1 painting for a stranger.

    ***Want a shirt AND a painting? Select a painting reward tier and add $20 to your pledge and let me know***

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    Receive 1 of 100 original 14X18 paintings by Murder with an original Hansi poem! Canvas only, no frame. You can keep it or give it away yourself!!! You also fund 1 painting for a stranger.

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    LATECOMER SPECIAL: Receive 1 of 100 original 14X18 paintings by Murder with an original Hansi poem! Canvas only, no frame. You can keep it or give it away yourself!!! You also fund 2 paintings for strangers.

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    NEW: Receive 1 of 10 original 14X18 paintings by Sir Omzi with an original Hansi poem! Canvas only, no frame. You also fund 2 paintings for strangers.

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    THE LAST 10: Receive 1 of 100 original 14X18 paintings by Murder with an original Hansi poem! Canvas only, no frame. You also fund 3 paintings for strangers.

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    Receive 2 of 100 original 14X18 paintings by Murder with 2 original Hansi Poems! Canvases only, no frame. You also fund 2 paintings for strangers.

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    Pledge $90 or more About $90

    INTERNATIONALS: Receive 1 of 100 original 14X18 paintings by Murder with an original Hansi poem! Canvas only, no frame. You can keep it or give it away yourself!!! You also fund 1 painting for a stranger.

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    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    NEW REWARD: Receive 1 of 5 original 14X18 Alex Lucas paintings with an original Hansi poem. Canvas only, no frame. You also fund 6 paintings for strangers.

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    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    MADI PAYGE: One original 14X18 painting by Madi Payge. Includes original Hansi poem. Will fund 6 paintings for strangers!

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    Receive 3 of 100 original 14X18 paintings by Murder with 3 original Hansi Poems! Canvases only, no frame. You also fund 3 paintings for strangers.

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    SPECIAL: Receive 1 of 100 original 14X18 paintings by Murder, and an original 14X18 Alex Lucas painting. Canvases only, no frames. Includes 2 original signed Hansi poems. You also fund 7 paintings for strangers.

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    Commission and receive a 14X18 painting by Murder. You can ask for him to paint a certain subject and/or ask him to use a certain feel, such as "cold" or "dark" or "grotesque" etc. Canvas only, no frame. These will also include an original poem by Hansi. You also fund 10 paintings for strangers.

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    NEW REWARD: Receive a combination of 3 original 14X18 Murder and Alex Lucas paintings each with an original Hansi poem. Canvas only, no frame. You also fund 15 paintings for strangers.

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    Receive a total of 5 original 14X18 paintings by Murder and/or Alex Lucas (you get to choose how many of each!) with 5 original Hansi poems. Canvas only, no frame. You also fund 15 paintings for strangers.

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    LOCAL ONLY (100 Miles away or less): Murder will paint a mural on one (or more!) of your walls. You can ask him to do certain things but it will be in his style. All leftover money after costs will go to paintings for strangers. Will fund approximately 20 paintings for strangers.

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    Commission a 14X18 painting by Murder. Additionally, receive a total of 5 original 14X18 paintings by Murder and/or Alex Lucas (you get to choose how many of each!) with 5 original Hansi poems. Canvases only, no frame. You also fund 25 paintings for strangers.

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    Commission a 14X18 painting by Murder. Additionally, receive a total of 10 original 14X18 paintings by Murder and/or Alex Lucas (you get to choose how many of each!) with 10 original Hansi poems. Canvas only, no frame. You also fund 50 paintings for strangers.

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    LOWER 48: Murder will paint a mural on one (or more!) of your walls. You can ask him to do certain things but it will be in his style. If you live far away, we will both fly in so you can meet us and we'll bring some surprise paintings for you. All leftover money after transportation/material/food/lofting costs will go to paintings for strangers. You will fund approximately 100 paintings for strangers or more depending on your location.

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    Murder will paint a mural on one (or more!) of your walls. You can ask him to do certain things but it will be in his style. If you live far away, we will both fly in so you can meet us and we'll bring some surprise paintings for you. All leftover money after transportation/material/food/lofting costs will go to paintings for strangers. You will fund approximately 250 paintings for strangers or more depending on your location.

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