Life drawing on the NYC subway in 2015. "What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like." -Augustine of Hippo
Some favorites from the Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera exhibition that opened recently at the @HeardMuseum in Phoenix. I think this is the only US stop, so go see it! .. Many thanks to the Heard for hosting the talk last weekend with myself and my fellow AZ mural veteranos @breeze1phx @cotalalo and
about the influence of the Mexican mural movement, and thanks to everyone who showed up to join us. There was so much to be said, more perspectives to be heard, and not nearly enough time.. Last two photos: @heardmuseum
'Native Son (This Saint Floyd)', 2016
Quick little video from when @EricHeights visited my mural with @FUSE_won commissioned by the Manitou Art Center in Colorado ....... "Love a man even in his sin, for that is the semblance of Divine Love and is the highest love on earth. Love all God's creation, the whole of it and every grain of sand in it. Love every leaf, every ray of God's light. Love the animals, love the plants, love everything. If you love everything, you will perceive the divine mystery in things. Once you have perceived it, you will begin to comprehend it better every day, and you will come at last to love the world with an all-embracing love."
(The Brothers Karamazov)
Music: 'Roxanne' by The Police, 1978 (by way of Cam'ron, 'What Means the World to You', 2000)
Old photo by @justWillieT at my studio of the last six years. Excited and grateful to start a new chapter with a new home and studio. I'm not a big fan of moving, but like Gil Scott-Heron said, "..since change is inevitable, we should direct the change rather than simply continue to go through the change."
'ARS ET SCIENTIA', my mural for Northeastern University in Boston. Nice recent shot by @berlinerkindl_in_hk
"Imagination abandoned by reason produces monsters; united with her, she is the mother of the arts and source of their wonders / La fantasía abandonada de la razón produce monstruos; unida con ella es la madre de las artes y origen de las maravillas." -Goya, 1799
Travel sketch from late 2015 of the iconic stone Buddha head encased in the roots of a Banyan tree at Wat Mahathat in the old Thai capital of Ayutthaya. Drawing this was one of the more peaceful, transcendent moments of my time there, despite the crowds of tourists taking photos to my right. The common belief is that this head came from the decapitation of a larger statue when the city was destroyed by invaders in the 1700s. To me it is symbolic of the potential endurance and transcendence of art, and a kind of harmonic union between art and nature.
'Spark of Divinity', 2016, Sedona, Arizona.
The embracing figures are based on my mother-in-law and her granddaughter. I intended this mural to convey some sense of the positive influence of familial love and joy, as I've seen the impact of these on my mother-in-law while she has been going through cancer treatment the last few years.
Thanks @WholeFoods @MauiCartel @MandoRascon @kimberz_ @djents @wholefoodsnorthernaz
My bodyguard holding it down in front of 'Kosoom by the Mekong' in Saigon, Vietnam back in 2010. Portrait of my wife's grandmother outside the old Sàn Art/Propeller Group headquarters .. Made possible in part by @the_propeller_group @tuan.andrew.nguyen @mc_lucero @phunamenon .. Another collaboration is in the works.. @seewhatyouthink
Close-up detail of 'Juarense y Poderosa' in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua 2014 @ Juarez Contemporary .. Photo: @maintainstudio .. Made possible with assistance from @3rdshifters @arielbrac @ericheights @jellyfishcolectivo @amorporjuarez @ricafer80 @juarezcontemporary @culturestrike
[SOLD OUT] PRINT RELEASE TODAY, MARCH 2nd, 2017: Cinético Productions is releasing two limited edition fine art prints by EL MAC, printed by Self Help Graphics in East Los Angeles: 'Cry Now' is a single-color serigraph produced in an edition of 88. It is 20" x 26", printed on archival, 100% cotton, 290 gsm Coventry Rag Paper. Signed and numbered by the artist. Printed by master printer Joe Alpuche at Self Help Graphics in 2010.
The images for both prints were created in 2010 as a collaboration between EL MAC and his friend, writer/director Alberto Barboza; the prints' images were the narrative bookends for the motion picture Cry Now.
These fine art prints will be released to the public and made available for the first time on March 2nd, 2017
For more info + to order:
[SOLD OUT] PRINT RELEASE MARCH 2nd, 2017: Cinético Productions is releasing two limited edition fine art prints by EL MAC, printed by Self Help Graphics in East Los Angeles: 'Amor y Arte' is a two-color serigraph produced in an edition of 90. It is 20" x 26", printed on archival, 100% cotton, 290 gsm Coventry Rag Paper. Signed and numbered by the artist. Printed by master printer Oscar Duardo at Self Help Graphics in 2017. 'Cry Now' is a single-color serigraph produced in an edition of 88. It is 20" x 26", printed on archival, 100% cotton, 290 gsm Coventry Rag Paper. Signed and numbered by the artist. Printed by master printer Joe Alpuche at Self Help Graphics in 2010.
These images were both created in 2010 as a collaboration between EL MAC and his friend, writer/director Alberto Barboza; the prints' images were the narrative bookends for the motion picture Cry Now.
These fine art prints will be released to the public and made available for the first time on March 2nd, 2017 (beginning @ 8am PST)
For more info + to order:
♥️@kimberz_ .. Culver City, 2011
In-flight drawing of a paused scene from the 1973 film 'Papillon', while flying over the Pacific Ocean in late 2015. The film highlighted the inhumane prison conditions and use of solitary confinement in the 1930s. Still relevant. A quote from one of the guards in the film: "We make no pretense of rehabilitation here. We're not priests, we're processors. A meatpacker processes live animals into edible ones. We process dangerous men into harmless ones. This we accomplish by breaking you. Breaking you physically, spiritually, and here [taps head]. Strange things happen to the head here."
The future's uncertain and the end is always near..
Recent shot of 'Las Flores del Campo' in Puerto Rico by @EricHeights
"Birds of No Nation", 2012 collection of @QAGOMA (Queensland Gallery of Modern Art). Collaboration with @the_propeller_group (Viet Nam) and @shamsiahassani (Afghanistan). Painted in Saigon for the 7th Asia Pacific Triennial in Brisbane.
Excited that my talented friends in The Propeller Group will be having an exhibition in my old neighborhood art museum @PHXart soon -don't sleep!