Month: October 2014

battle on… secret walls…

We have contests for anything and everything so drawing shouldn’t be any different, right?  Last night a battle of epic proportions went down in Astoria/Long Island City, Queens.  Hosted by the Paper Factory Hotel (a nice boutique oasis in the middle of a very industrial neighborhood) Secret Walls gathered fifteen New York City artists in a showdown for the ages (and this was just a qualifying round).

What is Secret Walls?  It is an organization that promotes drawing “battles” all over the world.  Simple rules – always and only black on white (it really shows off the competitors true skills) and a 90 minute time limit.  A panel of judges and the audience pick the winners.

DSC_1447

The anticipation builds before the beginning of the war.

And…  WE ARE OFF!

DSC_1564

DSC_1492   DSC_1589 DSC_1600   DSC_1614 DSC_1664

DSC_1698

Amazing works of art begin to appear as the challengers battle in the cold autumn air.  Some of the best street artists in NYC and a couple of newcomers gave it everything including (and in no particular order):  Lamour Supreme, Chris RWK, Miss Zukie, Martha Alicia, Abe Lincoln, Jr., Sasha Fay, Wizard Skull, Scott Liam Walker, Cosbe, Mastro, AdrianKart.

DSC_1785

DSC_1703

DSC_1712  DSC_1731

DSC_1723

DSC_1768

DSC_1805

DSC_1816   DSC_1981

DSC_1916   DSC_1901 DSC_1883

All and all a fantastic evening and real gathering of talent, right here in Queens 🙂

DSC_1821

DSC_1827   DSC_1947 DSC_1974   DSC_1881 DSC_1870

so, next time then…

Advertisements

Conor said boom… I said wow!!

It seems like forever since I have written anything here.  I write all the time, but it seems like it happens most often when I am dreaming on the subway or driving down the highway, not a pen in sight.  I always say I will remember my thoughts to put them down later, but age, adhd and just being me makes that a joke, at least one on me.

Recently I had the pleasure of watching a true genius at work.  One of the finest street artists I have yet to watch in action, Conor Harrington.  A native of Ireland now working in London it was a treat to have him share his skills with NY.

DSC_3166 DSC_3164

Conor uses a variety of different methods to create his striking works.  Squeegies, brushes, rollers, spray paint, acetone and even water all come into play.  His genius lies in his ability to create movement, life and striking emotion all while standing on the edge of abstraction.  So, here is Conor at work.. and stick around to the end of the post to view his mind-blowing exhibition.  I drove 900 miles in one day to make sure not to miss this one, totally worth it!!

DSC_2715

DSC_2652

DSC_2658

DSC_2726

DSC_2638

DSC_2731

DSC_2767

Great to see him take the time to talk to a young fan!

DSC_2633

DSC_2613

DSC_2607

And now for the exhibition

DSC_3183

DSC_3195

DSC_3200

DSC_3162

DSC_3171

DSC_3174

DSC_3204

So, next time then…