For Bette Midler's 2012 Hulaween at the Waldorf Astoria, I was approached by designer Douglas Little to paint the central backdrop for the stage. Blondie was performing and he wanted an image of a Devil puppeteer controling the events on stage. For inspiration, I looked to old posters of magician Harry Kellar, headshots of a young Vincent Price, and handsome photographs of movie star Errol Flynn. The results can be seen in the assorted images below.
Bergdorf had me created five huge trompe L'Oeil backdrops for an entire 5th avenue roll out. The murals were painted larger than the back wall of the window so that they themselves could then be draped, adding dimension to the already dimensional rendering of the murals. You can see the progress images of these murals in an earlier post on this blog.
My painted murals were featured in Paper Magazine's 2012 September issue, in an editorial spread photographed by Autumn De Wilde and art directed by the amazing Bret Day Windam. The spread is titled "Am I Dreaming?" and my equestrian themed murals set the scene for this hazy adolescent fantasy.
Jonathan Alder contacted me and asked me to do two projects for his beautiful home in Shelter Island. This first was this hand painted typeface mural on rough sawn lumber in his master bathroom.
The other project was an installation of nautical themed yarn drawings in the guest bedroom hallway.
The Men's Store at Bergdorf Goodman are putting in windows designed by Ryan Schaefer, an amazing set designer with a great aesthetic sensibility. He had me put the finishing touches on these realistic mannequins by painting a grizzled stubbly look to their faces and adding a cool ivy tattoo. Click images to enlarge.