Last week, in between bites of turkey and watching football, I was busy painting a big mural for Colson Patissiere‘s new bakery/cafe in South Brooklyn.
The bakery is at 220 36th st, part of what is now being called Industry City (once Bush Terminal) which is a bunch of old shipping warehouses built around the turn of the century. The buildings weren’t built for aesthetics, so I was happy to add a handmade touch. My thought for the whole piece was: these guys have a TON of pastires. Why have a menu written, when I can draw it on their giant empty wall. Plus obviously labeled things crack me up. Here’s the whole mural:
(Click image to see it 1200px.)
Thanks to the building’s industrial touch, it’s hard to get a good sense of the wall due to the lighting and tight hallway.
Here are some detail shots:
It’s been a lot of fun working with the folks at Colson–beyond just getting to sample all of their delicious wares.
My work with them started a few weeks ago when I rewrote/drew their mirror menu in their 9th st/6th ave Park Slope location. As it’s a mirror, I haven’t really found a way to photograph it well. So I invite you to swing by, have a pain au chocolat et cafe and enjoy the view.
For those less familiar with Park Slope and its modes of transportation, that’s a 7th Ave Car Service car (the most insane of all Brooklyn car services), a stroller with mom in a fashionable sleeping bag/black down jacket, and a motor scooter from favorite local Chinese spot Red Hot.
Yesterday I had the privilege of painting all over the walls of a boutique Brooklyn Hotel, the NU Hotel on Atlantic and Smith streets in Downtown Brooklyn. It was a real honor to be one of their first artists for this guest artist program along with Adam Suerte of Brooklyn Tattoo. So, when They handed me over the keys to room 303 for a day of painting I knew I had to get to work!
There was one big wall that hugs the king size bed’s headboard, which was the bulk of what I was asked to come in and paint around. I had a few ideas of what to mural up in a boutique Brooklyn hotel, but in the end knew I had to rep the brownstones of Park Slope I see every day. Here’s the the whole big wall finished:
AND, if you want the full multimedia experience, check out this video I put together of the time lapses of everything I painted in the room.
(If this isn’t embedding properly, you can see it here.)
Here’s a detail of the smaller painting I then did over the coffee machine and thermostat:
It’s a cafe and a fire station! Get it?
And here’s one I did right behind the toilet in the bathroom:
Not to be tacky, but I figured it would be a nice thing to stare at while passing the time. There’s a mirror directly across so it’s right there in view whilst upon the throne:
And the best part about all of this, besides painting a mural in a hotel room AND finally getting to see Casey in action while she worked? (My girlfriend Casey’s works at the NU Hotel, which is how I got to know them, and for them to ask me to paint a mural in one of their rooms.) Finally having a TV with ESPN on Monday night to catch Monday Night Football once all the painting was done:
Last night Casey and I hung my new show of watercolors IMPORTANT PEOPLE DRINKING COFFEE at Cafe Grumpy in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. It’s a show about, as one might guess, important people and their coffee.
I should also mention here that not everyone I painted with their coffee is technically a “person”. A dog, a dinosaur, several goats, a Greek god, a Sesame Street character, and a beautiful woman who Eugène Delacroix painted were also involved.
Pieces are being sold for $80 and are 7″ x 10″ on hot press watercolor paper framed. Jesus, who is above, is about 11″ x 17″ and is $120. If you’d like to purchase something just let me know here and we’ll figure something out.
Here is the rest of the show:
(Yuri is sold.)
(Cookie Monster is sold.)
(Dino is sold.)
This is my second show at with Cafe Grumpy. My first was at their Park Slope location and was a bunch of watercolors I painted last year summer in Gigante, Colombia at one of the coffee farms where they source their coffee beans. See that here.
UPDATE: I’m really flattered by all of the press this show has received. Here it is:
More and more work from my friends at the Owl Farm Bar on 9th st. and 5th ave. in Park Slope. Loving this as it means I get to draw these owls more… and drink more of their beer.
Here’s a new poster and postcard I designed for their bar events through March. Casey and I designed the font for the copy, which was inspired by the logo/front signage we had already done for them. I like it as it is good and crazy.
Like most of of our local projects, the good folks at Rolling Press printed these up for us. The design doubles (with a little bit of tweaking) as 11″ x 17″ posters and 4″ x 6″. Here are them as postcards: