Paint Fridge Pink 2016

I knew Debbie Schaeffer from Mrs.G’s Appliances for a few years and we always talked about doing a collaborative event. So in 2011, she contacted me about painting a fridge at an Breast Cancer Awareness event in October.  We did a contest in the local schools and had the finalists come out and paint their designs on refrigerators.  The event was called “Paint Fridge Pink” . It was a great event and it was really fun working with the art students at her Lawrenceville, NJ store. This year we decided to revisit the idea. We had an event at her new location and broadcast it Live on Facebook. I focused on  the theme Peace, Love, Cure .  The fridge will be auctioned off to benefit Susan G Komen  Breast Cancer Foundation.

Check out the Fridge from 2011

River Roots Festival

The Danny DeGennaro Foundation and Music at Snipes Farm have partnered on The River Roots Music and Arts Festival on May 14th, 2016. When I talked with the guys from the The Danny DeGennaro Foundation about painting at The River Roots Music Festival I didn’t know what quite to expect. We wound up painting 8ft x 16ft wood panels that were next to the stage. We had it set up to glow in the blacklight. I love black lights. Kasso and Myself instantly decided to do a Jimi Hendrix Tribute. He painted the portrait and I did the lettering. I wanted to try something different so I used 60’s psychedelic posters as reference and went with the flow.  it was a fun project and I love how it came out! Lori Johansson and Lank painted a satellite inspired space theme that also came out amazing.

Suri Residence Murals

I was referred to the Suri Family by photographer Ricardo Barros. After talking to the family they liked my series of abstract cityscapes. This was fine by me because that is the series that I am focused on and I really enjoy painting like that. After surveying the walls (one was orange, one green and three white) located in a large open room on the lower level of the residence. I was also asked to tie in a plum color that was on the cabinets. Great I knew the plum could work with the oranges and that I can add the green with blues on the complimentary side. After creating a few designs in photoshop I was able to go in a few weekends and evenings  and knock the project out just in time for a big party they were having. I love working in these patterns and free flowing with the designs.

Crunch Fitness mural in Toms River, NJ

I got a call from an old friend Charmaine. I painted walls in her gym about 6 years ago. She told me that she was managing a new gym and wanted a mural to liven up one of the walls. The company sent me a mock up of what they wanted and I replicated it on the wall. This job was challenging because it was a relatively large wall 12ft x 15ft and most of the work needed to be done after hours so that I didn’t disturb the customers. Planning is very important when doing a project like this. I made sure I had all my supplies and I carefully masked the area around the wall to be sure not to get any paint where it didn’t belong. All in all it was a fun project and I’m proud of the results.

Miller Fortune Mural

The Miller Fortune mural was designed and created by Leon Rainbow for Miller. The project was painted in 2 phases. Phase 1 was painted on February 24, 2014, and the Final Phase was painted on March 4, 2014

Directv Celebrity Beach Bowl

Demer and Myself were contracted to create custom pieces for the 2014 Directv Celebrity Beach Bowl. We only had 2 weeks to put the project together.  We faced many challenges Including weather (20s-30s), production schedules and time to the event. We had help from the great guys at Z Signs in creating and installing  custom vinyl logos (not pictured) at the event. It was a grueling 3 days of painting to complete the murals but it was an incredible event . We are grateful to have been a part of it and able to share our work with the 6,000 attendees.
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Abstract City piece
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Behind the Scenes of Man Caves
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Finished New York Piece Collab with Demer

Featured in Design NJ

From the February/March 2014 Issue 
Graffiti as Art
Writer: John Zeaman 

Historically considered vandalism, this form of self-expression can rise to the level of art

Article Photo
Graffiti artist Leon Rainbow’s latest mural, at Clinton and Hudson streets in Trenton, is a cityscape based on a picture he took of the city’s Roebling wireworks complex. The style is influenced by patterns that emerged while he was doing watercolor and acrylic canvases.Courtesy of Leon Rainbow

Leon Rainbow is a Trenton graffiti artist. At one time, that would have meant someone who spray-painted his name on trains. But although his work looks a lot like the aerosol “bombing” that was done in New York City during the 1970s and 1980s, Rainbow is too young to have even seen the original work. Continue reading Featured in Design NJ

West Coast Trip 2016

In May 2016 I went to see my Dad in Yuma for Memorial Day. So I decided to meet up with my friends Isaias Crow and Pose 2 and get some walls in. We started in San Diego.

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Isaias Crow and Myself at Writers Block in San Diego

Then we went to stay in Rosarito, Mx for a few days at Pose 2’s beach bungalow. I had an amazing time the ocean, landscape, and people were so chill in Mexico. We did a 3 man wall in the compound. Next we went to look for a wall in the city of Rosarito. We were able to get permission for a large wall at a fish taco spot..Win, Win! We were able to paint the 100ft +x 10ft wall in a day in a half.  I think we all learned a lot, created and stretched out of our comfort zones. I really needed this trip to Mexico to bring my creative energy back to life. Not one I will soon forget!

Finished Burner Wall Crow, Rain, Pose
Finished Burner Wall Crow, Rain, Pose
Another dope wall in the compound
Another dope wall in the compound
Finished Wall in Rosarito
Finished Wall in Rosarito

The last part of my trip was spent visiting my dad and benching trains in Yuma, Az. It was a slower tempo then i am used to and I got some much needed rest. I was able to paint a piece or two on my own in Yuma. Kwatsan Nation!

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Yuma Az
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Quick lil character to fill the space in

Art All Day 2015

First there was Art All Night – an annual, twenty four hour art party held in the former Roebling Wire Works factory building in Trenton, New Jersey. Then, there was Art All Day. Since 2012, Art All Day, Trenton’s city-wide open studio tour – and all around arts festival – has illuminated the cultural life of New Jersey’s capital city.

I have been participating in Art All Day since it’s inception. Much of my work is on-sight murals and custom projects so I only have a small home office. So for Art All Day I team up with George Zienowicz at Z-Signs, 202 E Canal St. Trenton, NJ.  George has helped me with numerous projects over the last few years and is a great friend. Normally, Colleen Larkin-Ayers does a pottery demonstration but this year she took the year off to see the rest of the sights at Art All Day.

I was supposed to paint fellow artist, Jesse Vincent’s  Scion XD at this years Jersey Fresh Jam. As time wore on  and I was swamped working on other pieces I knew that I would not be able to get to it at that event. We agreed that I would work on it at the next event which happened to be Art All Day. It was a neutral grey so it would work with almost any palette.  I talked with Jesse and she agreed to give me free reign to express myself.  I asked her if she had any ideas and she said that she loves the Philadelphia Flyers! So I decided just to rock with it! I wanted to limit the design so that I would be able to finish during Art All Day, so on the sides I only painted the bottom half of the car. The first step and biggest pain in the ass is masking and scouring. I carefully masked off all the lights and scuffed all the areas of the car that I was going to paint.

I started with the hood and painted a skull because she is “punk rock” and also I thought it would look mean coming at you. I also like to use the back of the vehicle to be a face using the back window as shades. With the front and back worked out I used the dynamic abstract designs and patterns to connect the front and back. On the drivers door I snuck in the Flyers logo and on the passenger side I added the Philadelphia skyline.  From there I used my blues/oranges and grey scale pallete and went to town. It all came together nicely.

It was great meeting and talking to the new people that came around on the tours. So until next year!

4 STREET

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4 STREET
Contemporary Urban Art by:
Will Kasso, Jonathan Lank Conner, Roman Stefaniw, Leon Rainbow

July 17th to October 16th 2015.
Opening Reception: July 17th 7pm-9pm

Straube Center
1 Straube Center Boulevard
I-108 gallery and 100 building gallery
Pennington, NJ 08534-1490

For More Info:
609-737-3322 ext. 113
StraubeCenter.com

Trenton NJ Graffiti Muralist Graphic Artist