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“10th Annual 50|50 Show” at Sanchez Art Center

For 50 days through June and July, I painted a series of gesture paintings. I enlisted 24 models (plus me, for one of these) for variety…and also to involve friends, family, and co-workers along the way,

Here are all fifty gestures. They’re each 6″ x 6″, and will be available at Sanchez Art Center on a first-come first-serve basis during the show. Go check it out!

Clap

Clap

Love

Love

Cupped

Cupped

Shaka

Shaka

Air Quotes

Air Quotes

So-So

So-So

Horns

Horns

Two-Finger Point

Two-Finger Point

Thumbs Up

Thumbs Up

Dog Puppet

Dog Puppet

Ballet

Ballet

Interleaved Thumbs Up

Interleaved Thumbs Up

Fingers Crossed

Fingers Crossed

Swoop

Swoop

Family

Family

Headpinch

Headpinch

Hidden

Hidden

Secret

Secret

Little Bit

Little Bit

Lizardhead

Lizardhead

Dance

Dance

Folded

Folded

Two Finger Guns

Two Finger Guns

Peace

Peace

Flight

Flight

Live Long & Prosper

Live Long & Prosper

Knuckles

Knuckles

Bird Puppet

Bird Puppet

Crawler

Crawler

Doghead

Doghead

Itsy Bitsy

Itsy Bitsy

Claws

Claws

Interleaved

Interleaved

Two Thumbs Up

Two Thumbs Up

Pledge

Pledge

Interleaved Point

Interleaved Point

Mockingjay

Mockingjay

Rock

Rock

Paper

Paper

Scissors

Scissors

Walking Fingers

Walking Fingers

You

You

Excellent

Excellent

Fistbump

Fistbump

Fistpunch

Fistpunch

Stop

Stop

Thumb Trick

Thumb Trick

Rabbit

Rabbit

More

More

Heart

Heart

50|50 Sneak Peek

Since May I’ve dived headlong into a few projects: showing at ZeroONE (an art fair/street market), prepping for (and now waiting on) the 100 Block mural project, and ramping up for the 10th Annual 50|50 show at Sanchez Art Center. Here’s a few work-in-progress pics of my theme, gestures. 50|50 is a little different as a show because it’s a benefit and is cash-and-carry – which means all works are available for purchase and can be taken home immediately.

There will only be one chance to see them all together: the opening night of August 31st, 2018. The first two hours are a preview fundraiser benefit for Sanchez Art Center (tickets for sale on Eventbrite – they often sell out!) and then it’s open to the public for the rest of the evening. I’ve been posting them in batches of 5 on the various social networks, and will post the full set in early August or so.

Stack of 50 boards

Stack of 50 boards

The first 10 paintings

The first 10 paintings

Self-Portrait with Untapped

Self Portrait with Untapped • 8" x 8"

Self Portrait with Untapped • 8″ x 8″

I created this sketch for a self-portrait show at the Art NXT Level / 33 Contemporary Gallery space in Chicago. This opportunity popped up in the middle of my 50|50 efforts and I was feeling a bit overloaded with painting – hence the ink.

This is the first time I’ve drawn on mat board, which is usually used for framing. As a drawing surface it’s much “thirstier” than I expected. It absorbs ink pretty quickly and can get saturated easily so it starts degrading the paper itself. The texture also catches the ink in ways that can be unexpected. Tricky!

I started this during Caltrain commutes to the city to force myself to keep it loose and not get too precious about the lines. The art in the bottom is a pointillism rendering of one of my paintings, Untapped (which itself references the Mona Lisa).