Acquiring art is not unlike purchasing a home — photos reveal the broad strokes, but an in-person visit shows a great deal more. In our digital age, artists are able to reach collectors globally in minutes. This has given way to an ocean of online galleries, allowing you to view and acquire in a few clicks.
Depending on your collecting experience and targeted market, proximity may force you to rely on jpeg alone… after all, it doesn’t make sense to pay $1,000 for a flight to view a $6,000 painting. But if you have the opportunity to travel, or better yet, live close to an artist you enjoy — a studio visit is the truth.
Please allow me to introduce my latest portrait: Samantha Niemi. This painting is part of an exciting series commissioned by Sam’s Dad, Peter — here’s an excerpt from his blog:
“Over the next few weeks 4 talented artists will be creating portraits of Samantha. They are working independently of each other – only the size of the works is uniform. These pieces will be displayed together in the hopes of capturing the wondrous variety and complexity of my special not-so-little girl.”
Here is the entire process in 90 seconds, soundtrack courtesy of my boy MH the Verb… you may remember him from this.
I love Vegas, and I’m going back. This time? It’s different.
The Futurism, opens Wednesday, March 26th, 2014, from 7:00 – 9:00PM on the 8th Floor of the World Famous Wix Lounge, located at 235 West 23rd Street, New York, NY 10011. Here are the final details… including a special weather report from Eyewitness News Accu-Weather Anchor Lee Goldberg:
There will be adult beverages to keep you warm…
Only time will tell… don’t miss MJ. In person. At ‘The Futurism‘. March 26th. RSVP here, or here.
My 4th Solo Exhibition entitled ‘The Futurism‘, opens Wednesday, March 26th, 2014, from 7:00 – 9:00PM on the 8th Floor of the World Famous Wix Lounge, located at 235 West 23rd Street, New York, NY 10011. After hanging the show, I snapped some pictures… here’s what is in store.
For members of the press, please feel free to download the images (hi-resolution available upon request.)
If you walked into my collegiate apartment on Buswell Street in 2001, you’d find two images of Tony Montana on the wall. Scarface. All you have to do is say the word, and people understand. Okay? Al Pacino’s electric political refugee marks painting number two in my growing ‘Anti-Hero’ series.
This commissioned work will join Walter White in Robert Oringer’s collection… here’s how he came together.
But first, the entire process in time lapse, soundtrack courtesy of the charismatic GhostWridah and his epic mixtape, Flu Game.
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.
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