Before art I was a copywriter in advertising.
My earliest art pieces included paintings with headlines and visuals, similar to how I’d created ads for BMW and Club Med. I took to painting words on the frames.
It was the beginning of my love of painting things.
Putting words into such permanent form was a leap for me. It was exposing. It was high wire poetics because I wrote as I painted.
Fortunately, unlike advertising, which is inherently fleeting, art remains. This shop is being populated from over 30 years of my work as an artist.
Bronx Born, Long Island Raised
I was born in the Bronx, raised on Long Island, graduated Emory University, and was schooled at Parsons and SVA.
Sunday morning sports for me was dance. My round of 18 was a music driven marathon of movement.
At that time Manhattan had massive dance sanctuaries for guys like me who got their workouts moving on floors, in space, to music. I was lucky. The Sound Factory and Roseland Ballroom were my local stomping grounds.
I’d arrive fresh at 6am and stay for hours till closing, noon, or so. People were finishing up their nights as i was beginning my day. And it was always a moment of hope when I arrived. The DJs were our maestros. Would the music be good? Would there be someone who’s dance spoke to me? Would I get my workout in? It was athletics and sweatiness, endurance and aesthetics.
The last hours when my body hummed on all cylinders and the floor was near empty were my favorite. The ability to move and the room to do it in. As weekly workouts go it served me well.
Today there are far more great golf courses in the world than there are great dance floors. Good to get outdoors, but I miss the wide open indoors too.
My careers have included producing TV commercials, being a two time Clio Award winning creative in advertising, website builder, extra pair of hands, and counselor.
As artist and shop owner of this site, I consider the work I do original and new … and roughly under the outsider umbrella. More about my art process here: a new art brut.
Art From Repurposed Materials
I often create art using repurposed materials. As I’ve said many times, “I like to paint things.” And I do.
The tobacco stick, below, is a perfect example. When I first saw them stacked in a barn I had to be told what they were. What wasn’t unclear was their appeal to me as canvas, marvels I wanted to paint.
I brought six back to NYC from Kentucky and gave them a go. One of those original six is now back at the farm: the Daffodil Stick.
Artifact To Art
When I introduced my painted tobacco sticks into the arts community in 2012, the BBC Greenwich Village Crafts & Fine Art Festival awarded them Most Successful Use of Recycled Materials.
The Male Quadrant
Within my many explorations as an artist, one line of inquiry has prevailed preeminently. It’s a focus in the area I call the male quadrant.
My question yet answered: As Males, what have we learned? What can we pass along to our next sons.
Vast, and little explored, the male quadrant has been a rich coordinate for me. I’m currently building a website for male conversation and education. And I’ve explored it in my art. Here are some pieces, from 2001 to 2012: 1) What Do Men Not Have? painted the weekend before 9/11, 2001, 2) The Hug, painted on glass, 2004, and 3) painted ties, 2007. Human Husbandry in the Male Quadrant, 2005, for it’s explicitness, and for putting myself in the picture, hair and all, my Self-Portrait, 2012 too. For more visit my Males Gallery.
From My Collection To You
There is adoration at the heart of all the work I do. Perhaps it’s flat out gratitude. For so long, art has been for me a private haven, a path to express appreciation, ask questions, codify observations, and a means to share joy and to connect.
I hope that the pleasure of owning my art will be for you as blessed an experience as it has been for me. And while I have never said “It’s alive!” like Dr. Frankenstein might have over his creation, I do think my work is of a highly lively nature. Lively in spirit, original and unique.
My art shop is here to serve you, so do speak up and let me know if I can be of help. I will continue to add pieces to the shop so stay tuned.