I first set foot on Boston University’s campus as a 17-year-old, 123-pound runner, looking to channel the Terrier. Despite graduating from the College of Fine Arts, I never painted live on the streets of Boston.
So, when I found myself in town for the first time in ten years… I decided to rectify this egregious error. With my penchant for neon, and the recent drama surrounding Citgo… the subject chose me.
MH the Verb created the magic… I painted a picture to represent his creation. Introducing the cover of AFRONAUT — MH’s latest album… which, friends, is a banger.
As a nuanced creative collaboration of the most exciting variety, I’ve weaved a Q&A with MH throughout the process photos below.
And feel the POWER… in the exclusive time lapse and video release for MH’s 1st single.
“I’m gonna drop the Gugg in front of the Tetons, and live paint the eclipse at 9,095′ in Jackson Hole.” Wait, what?
Yes, the 9th painting in my 20-year-series traded in 5th avenue for a ski resort… and friend, it was glorious!
Enjoy the process in one minute… featuring total darkness during the eclipse, with a soundtrack from The Rotaries.
And so, my summer artist residency with Four Seasons Jackson Hole comes to a close with one more neon — Teton Gables Motel.
Enjoy the entire process in one minute, with a beautiful Tin Pan soundtrack.
TETON VILLAGE, WY — AUGUST 21, 2017 — Summer Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole Artist-In-Residence, Borbay, will live paint the once-in-a-lifetime eclipse during a private solar eclipse viewing party. From 9:00 to 2:00 PM, guests will sip Bloody Marys and mimosas at Rendezvous Lodge, 9,095 feet (2,772 meters) above Jackson Hole Valley, and safely view the eclipse through Teton Skies’ hydrogen-alpha solar telescopes.
Following twelve consecutive weeks of live painting at The Ascent Lounge, Four Seasons invited Borbay to capture this astrological phenomenon. “I can’t imagine a better place to paint and experience the eclipse. The top-secret painting I will complete at 9,095 feet is going to be extremely special, and, I suspect, unlike any eclipse painting you will discover. My summer at Four Seasons has been incredible — I’m thrilled and honored to be a part of this magical event.”
Borbay will share the creation process live on Instagram and Facebook during the eclipse.
It’s been thirty or so years since the Gia Mode Beauty Salon neon sign has been active in Jackson Hole… so, when I decided to paint it… invention was the name of the game.
Gia is the latest piece I’ve created as Artist-In-Residence at Four Seasons Jackson Hole. Big ups to Nicholas Howard for the soundtrack.
I had the distinct pleasure of creating this painting for the Jackson Hole Food & Wine Dinner Series. Our event, hosted by Katrina and Brandon Ryan, featured the culinary expertise of James Beard Award winning Chef, Ryan Prewitt. Together with Megan Gallagher, Haynes Poe and Chef Prewitt, we put our minds together to create an image celebrating both New Orleans and Jackson Hole.
Our love for dive bars prevailed, resulting in this hybrid painting, featuring NOLA’s Snake and Jake’s Christmas Club Lounge and the Teton Gables sign, which resides in front of Jackson Hole’s own Cutty’s Bar & Grill… and, of course, we added Grand Teton National Park for good measure.
You can view the entire painting process here, in a shade over one minute, with a sexy soundtrack courtesy of MH the Verb.
Sharpen those spurs… and take in this painting of the Rawhide Motel neon sign. This baby was painted live, at Four Seasons Jackson Hole… here’s how it all came together.
Thank you for the soundtrack help, my darling Vega. Oh, and you can take home this painting, if your wall is feeling bare and needs to be rawhide.
Welcome To Twin Peaks, fire, walk with neon… I’ve long admired the work of David Lynch, from film to sound to canvas. A consummate original, and architect of universes, I strove to capture a symbol of the great Lynch/David Frost series in a new light. Neon, to be specific.
Here is how the entire painting came together, captured in a one minute time lapse.
My very first Jackson Hole inspired canvas featured The Million Dollar Cowboy Bar… on Saturday, I revisited this familiar image, in extreme close-up, at Four Seasons Jackson Hole!
Check the entire process in one minute, soundtrack courtesy of MH the Verb (and co). Added bonus? A very special freeze-frame smooch…