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July Update: I’ll Guggenheim Your Draper

Pink Guggenheim Painting aka Guggenheim 6 by Borbay

It’s Summer Time, which means Vitamin D, Antiheroes and Guggenheim #6. Here are the simmering updates… enjoy… thank you for being here.

1. 6 Down, 14 To Go

In 2009, my first painting as a professional artist was The Guggenheim. One Gugg was good, but not quite good enough — so I decided to paint the Guggenheim each year for 20 years. Here is year #6, entitled “Pink Guggenheim”.  But wait! There’s more:

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Guggenheim #6 AKA Pink Guggenheim

Pink Guggenheim Painting aka Guggenheim 6 by Borbay

In 2009, I decided to paint the Guggenheim each year for 20 years… this is #6…

Would you like to see an entire painting come together in 90 seconds? Please enjoy… with an incredible soundtrack courtesy of musician John Haesemeyer. While I was in Chicago last week, I popped into an Italian joint to grab some food and met John over some chicken parm and vino. Imagine, an artist, and a musician… at a bar.

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“Go Out and Get It For Yourself” A Portrait of Don Draper

Don Draper Collage Painting by Borbay

As a reformed Madison Avenue Tribeca-Based Advertising business director, I confess — I’ve imagined myself as Don Draper… sitting cross-legged in a fine suit trendy jeans, sipping Wild Turkey ginger-ale, smoking a cigarette smiling, pitching the world’s finest campaign mollifying the procurement department…

And so, here is Don Draper, my latest Antihero… in a time lapse video.

Don Draper Composition Still by Borbay

As with each of these characters, the two-part question is this — how and when to capture them? With Don, I felt a wonton pose mid-date with yet another one of his faceless ladies was it. Cool. Calm. Lucky Strike dangling with that “who, me?” look.

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Title Guarantee Building Painted from Perch’s Los Angeles Rooftop

Title Guarantee Building LA Painting from Perch by Borbay

As magic carpet ride that is Michael Jackson, Inc. continues,  I find myself in Los Angeles. I’ve been dying to paint here, so I decided to spend a few days and find the best rooftop view in Los Angeles. Thanks to Joseph and the awesome team over at Perch, mission accomplished.

Title Guarantee Building LA Painting Process from Perch by Borbay

My plane landed at 4pm… by 6:30 I was set-up and ready to paint this gorgeous view of the Title Guarantee Building.

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Help Harboring Hearts, Acquire Borbay’s Sheep Meadow

Central Park Sheep Meadow Painting by Borbay

I met Michelle Javian through a friend, and after a five minute conversation, I donated my Sheep Meadow painting. Her charity, Harboring Hearts, is doing amazing things…

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June Update: King of Pop, Sad Clown

Borbay and Zack O'Malley Greenburg at Forbes Photo by Glen Davis

There is now, officially, a Borbay newsletter… if you’d like to join, please do. Enjoy!

1. Michael Jackson, Inc. is #1…

In Business and Leadership titles, according to Amazon. For those of you who don’t know, my painting is featured on the cover. But wait! There’s more news about Zack O’Malley Greenburg’s second book:

  • Photos from the book launch party at Forbes HQ;
  • Michael Jackson, Inc. featured by USA Today with King and Clinton.

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Michael Jackson, Inc. Book Launch Party at Forbes

Borbay and Zack O'Malley Greenburg with MJ Inc at Forbes Photo by Glen Davis

On Tuesday, June 4th, Forbes hosted a splendid book launch party for Zack O’Malley Greenburg’s Michael Jackson, Inc. (already the #1 Business and Leadership title on Amazon).

Here are some photos of the evening taken by the talented Glen Davis.

Michael Jackson Inc at Forbes Photo by Glen Davis

A book about MJ’s stacks, stacked neatly at Forbes.

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“It’s a Stereotype. And it’s Offensive.” A Portrait of Tony Soprano

Tony Soprano James Gandolfini Painting by Borbay

Introducing Antihero #4 — Tony Soprano. Where to begin? Not only are the Sopranos my favorite painting companions, the late James Gandolfini’s portrayal of Tony is one of the great character turns in history. I’ve watched the series start-to-finish ten times, and will continue to do so for years.

Here is the video of the process… soundtrack courtesy of frequent collaborator MH the Verb

Tony Soprano Source Image by Borbay

How do you choose one iconic moment over six incredible seasons? I decided to use this snap from Season 1 Episode 5, when Tony is sitting in the lobby of the college Meadow is visiting, looking upward toward the Hawthorne quote, “No man can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude without finally getting bewildered as to which may be true”.

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Michael Jackson, Inc. Released WorldWide

Michael Jackson, Inc. Book Cover — Painting by Borbay — Design by Anna Dorfman

The day has arrived! Zack O’Malley Greenburg’s second book — Michael Jackson, Inc. has been released. I had the honor of creating the painting featured on the cover.

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Sheep Meadow Central Park Plein Air Painting

Central Park Sheep Meadow Painting by Borbay

Sometimes that plein air comes a-callin’. Listen… always. A wonderful crew met at Sheep Meadow in Central Park on a beautiful Memorial Day to celebrate life. Here is what I painted.

If you’d like to see the entire process in just over a minute with an incredible mass of humanity all around, check it. Love the soundtrack? Thank LongArms for that.

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