Painting Process

The Lincoln Memorial — A Collage Painting by Borbay

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Henry Bacon’s Lincoln Memorial delivers a theatrical synergy between art and architecture. The terrace walls and lower steps comprise granite blocks from Massachusetts – the upper steps, outside façade, and columns contain marble blocks from Colorado – the interior walls and columns are Indiana limestone – the floor is pink Tennessee marble – the ceiling tiles are Alabama marble – and the Lincoln statue comprises 28 pieces of Georgia marble.

This harmony was intentional… even the materials echo the ideals of Abraham Lincoln, one of America’s great Presidents.

While creating this piece, I carefully considered the foundation — the words and images, like the variety of stones, are focused on the subject. If you’d like to see the entire piece come together in 90 seconds, please watch this video. A big thank you to Kuf Knotz for the spectacular soundtrack.

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Thinking Out Loud

2014 — Year in Review on Canvas and Beyond

Borbay Hand Action by Derek Van Oss

2014 was my finest year in every possible way. Coraline crawled, walked, ran… I traveled extensively to Jackson Hole, Vegas, LA, Chicago, Montreal, Vancouver, Miami, The Bahamas and Minnesota. It was a record year for sales, and, most importantly, the artistic fulfillment was deep.

Let’s take a dive into the year that was.

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General Action

December Update: Serena, Boss, Babies

Jason and Coraline

Dear Friends, Family, Collectors and Fans — 2014 has been my finest year, and I owe you a debt of gratitude. Thank you, thank you, thank you. The easel has been on fire…

On the home front, 16-month-old Coraline is lighting up our life — so much so, Erin and I are expecting another Daughter in February! This marks my second major collaboration in 18 months.

OK… before I tear up, here’s what’s happening…

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Painting Process

Serena Williams Collage Painting by Borbay

Serena Williams Collage Painting by Borbay

This 30″X30″ Acrylic and Collage Painting on Canvas of Serena Williams will be auctioned to benefit the Serena Williams Fund in South Beach this Friday.

Here’s how the painting came together, soundtrack courtesy of MH the Verb‘s recent album — The Balloon Guide. And now for a photographic breakdown of the process.

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Thinking Out Loud

Cyber Monday is Not An Art Thang

James Gandolfini Tony Soprano Collage Painting by Borbay

Brilliant retailers created Black Friday in the early 2000’s — the idea? Offer ridiculous sales to generate a frenzy of opportunistic buyers. On Thursday you give thanks. On Friday, you beat up your neighbor for cheap Spanx… and a flatscreen. Not to be outdone by it’s food court counterparts, in 2005 the online retailers said, “Have your Black Friday, we’ll offer Cyber Monday with better deals and free delivery.”

And on goes this thing we call Capitalism. But what about Art? Where does it fit into the prism of holiday deals? Nowhere. That’s where.

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Painting Process

Mindscape, Cubic Abstraction on Canvas

Mindscape Painting by Borbay 2014

Have you ever seen an abstract painting and wondered what the hell the artist was thinking? Well, here are my thoughts on the process of abstract painting. The title of this piece is “Mindscape” — but I’ll get into that later. It’s 20″X20″, Acrylic on Canvas.

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Painting Process

Borbay Paints The Boss — Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen Collage Painting by Borbay

Bruce Springsteen. The Boss. 48″X48″ of collage and paint capturing a living icon. Reflected in his glasses… younger versions of himself. In the jacket? A visual representation of his inspirations, ideals and important places. Just as many songs make an album, many words and images make a portrait.

Check the entire process in two minutes… the track Runnin’ courtesy of Kuf Knotz.
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Painting Process

October Studio Update: Borbay Paints Pepsi, Buscemi

Central Park South Painting by Borbay

It’s been an intense October. As the paint flies and the leaves color, crisp and fall — here’s what’s happening in my world… and beyond.

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Long Island City Pepsi Sign Painting by Borbay

Pepsi Sign Long Island City Painting by Borbay

I’m delighted to present my latest commissioned painting: The Long Island City Pepsi Cola Sign.

Here is the entire process in two minutes with a gorgeous soundtrack entitled “Celestial Aurora Rose” courtesy of new collectors and music writers Katinka Locascio and Nelson Downend… produced by, Nelson and Ahmed Mahmoud.

Pepsi Sign Painting Source Image by Borbay

This was the source image… however, this exact view does not exist.

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General Action

Fan Photoshops Borbay’s Nucky in the Louvre With Jay Z and Beyonce

JayZ Beyonce Borbay Photoshop in Louvre

This afternoon, I was brunching with the ladies when I noticed this post on Instagram. If you didn’t hear, Jay Z and Beyoncé famously (and privately) toured the Louvre last week, and were photographed in front of the Mona Lisa. Thanks to a fine Photoshop job, my recently completed Nucky Thompson was framed and boom — meta. To answer many hot questions in one shot — Hip Hop’s Royal Couple did not acquire Nucky…

Someone else, however… did. Viva la’Internets.

Steve Buscemi Nucky Thompson Painting by Borbay

You can’t be half a gangster. Oh, and I have painted Jay Z.