Rewind to December, 2010. I recall pondering a portrait series, but found I had 99 problems and picking a portrait subject was one. As fate would have it, I decided to paint Jay Z, which lead to a series of hip hop stars nearly identical to Zack O’Malley Greenburg’s Cash Kings.
So, I called into Forbes, asked for Zack, got him on the phone, talked about the work, he previewed the show, wrote about it for Forbes, and that’s how it all began. Shortly thereafter, Mr. O’Malley Greenburg released his first book, Empire State of Mind (HOV loved it by the way).
As artists are wont to do, we spoke frequently about our upcoming projects… turns out, Zack began to research for his new book — Michael Jackson, Inc.. ‘Wouldn’t it be great to collaborate on the cover?”
And I give you — Michael Jackson, Inc. — the book cover. This black-and-white beaut was designed by Anna Dorfman of Simon & Schuster… and Door Sixteen… we’ve been working on this collaboration for months, and I’m thrilled to share it with you.
For those of you who are visiting for the first time, I lay out my entire creation process for each work from start-to-finish. Here is Michael.
When I was commissioned by Matt and Allison to create a Jackson Hole-inspired painting, they wanted me to experience things for myself, so it was wheels up, next stop Wyoming.
Before I arrived, Matt had the idea of painting the famous Mormon Row Barn with a twist… adding the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar‘s neon signs… this turned out to be a winner. And now, on to how this Futurist work was created.
Here’s the entire process in just over a minute, soundtrack courtesy of MH the Verb from his new album — The Balloon Guide. I
may, or may not have painted the album cover.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NEW YORK, NY – February 10, 2014 — Time Out Magazine’s Most Creative New Yorker, Borbay, will be showing his dynamic acrylic painting series entitled ‘The Futurism‘, this March at the World Famous Wix Lounge in Manhattan’s Chelsea District. The opening reception will be on Wednesday, March 26th, 2014, from 7:00 – 9:00PM on the 8th Floor of 235 West 23rd Street, New York, NY 10011. You may RSVP by email, or through the official exhibition website.
ABOUT THE SERIES
MH the Verb‘s new album, “The Balloon Guide”, drops February 11, 2014 — I painted the cover. If you’d like to keep reading, I’ll share how this project came to be creatively; and I’ll include the business details.
Check the entire process which double’s for a music video for the track Roads (MH the Verb feat. Stewie, Produced By: Cutty Franks, Album: The Balloon Guide (2014).) Had some fun with this one… stitched in personal photos throughout.
As musicians and artists are wont to do, we met at a bar to discuss the project. Since ‘The Balloon Guide’ is an exploration of stops along the 2 train, we figured a visual combination of a train, balloons and the NYC skyline would be the money — in a Futurist style, of course.
Visiting some galleries in late 2012 with his Wife Marla, a gentleman by the name of Robert Oringer who never considered himself an art guy/collector, had an epiphany moment. He saw some collage art and it got him thinking about the crazy collection of NY Post issues he had amassed over decades— piles of NY Posts meticulously protected and stored away without any objective in mind. So he went to Google and began to search the Net for collage artists, one perhaps to convert his collection into art when he stumbled upon another Post fanatic… yours truly.
Without contacting me, Robert flew to NYC for my Kick Ass Actors opening with his lovely wife Marla, and acquired Hunter S. Depp.
One month later, Erin and I were in Montreal visiting our new friends, taking in the city as well as an Isles-Habs game (primo seats). Since then, Robert has become something of a mentor… brainstorming about business and art. One of these sessions began with a discussion about a New York Times article entitled, “How Walter White Found His Inner Sociopath“, which gave way to the notion of an anti-hero series.
Cue Walter White. Upon further exploration and another discussion stoked by a Forbes piece, the idea of painting anti-heroes took on a secondary layer: ambition befallen by greed. This was the ultimate connection, and with fortunate timing in proximity to Robert’s Birthday, this painting was commissioned by Marla — and it was off to the races.
Here is the process video, soundtrack courtesy of MH the Verb… don’t miss his major album drop on February 11, 2014 — The Balloon Guide is going to be amazing (album cover by yours truly.)
I’m delighted to share my first completed painting of 2014: a commission of 55 West 11th Street in Manhattan. Ironically enough, I painted this in Minnesota.
Here is the entire process in just over a minute… delicious sound track courtesy of MH the Verb… keep an eye out for his album ‘The Balloon Guide’ dropping soon… cover painted by yours truly.
This painting was a surprise Birthday gift, commissioned by Sandy for his love Melanie. The composition is of the street where they once lived. In real life, the street sign isn’t there, but it was important to the picture, so I Photoshopped it in.
Oh what a glorious year — my finest, in fact, even better than 2012. Let’s get right to the heart of this thing.
Happy Friday. And now for five pieces of news from the busy, and extremely messy Borbay studio.
1. Jack’s Favorite Things
Twitter and Square Founder Jack Dorsey included my Uma Thurman painting from the Kick Ass Actors series as one of his favorite things — the list was picked-up by Business Insider.
As you prepare to Give Thanks (and, perhaps, begin Hanukkah) — you’ll be bombarded with Black Friday and Cyber Monday advertisements. Some will boast major discounts and free shipping — others? A better life.
As for yours truly, I’m simply sharing my work. Creating awareness. Art is a commodity, not something to be discounted. The prices you see on my Square Marketplace will stand through December 31st, at which point, they will rise for 2014.
Below, you will find direct links to a handful available works. Happy Thanksgiving. Happy Hanukkah. Merry Christmas. Happy Kwanza. And, if you celebrate in any other way — enjoy. Drop me a line with any questions you may have.
Oh, and if you are on the fence, add my work to your Wish List, and the good people at Square may give you a $1000 for your efforts.
Neil’s Coffee Shop Redux on Square Market
Last Domino Standing — Domino Sugar Factory Painting on Square Market
Sutton Place at Twilight on Square Market
Welcome to Vegas Sign 2013 on Square Market
The biggest blizzard in NYC History dumped a record 26.9″ of snow on Central Park. That day, I set out to walk across the park from the Upper East, to the Upper West and back.
Before I dig into the future for history, here is the entire process captured in just over a minute… sound track courtesy of Mr. Jacob Cohen.