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

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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

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

Stay Up

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Stay Up!
An exhibit of customized model water towers and interactive demo area @ Art All Night.

Invited Artists:
Digit
Naval
Chris RWK
Fern
Pike
Tre
Derk
Grope
Mad
Lank
Billy MF Brown
Kasso
Demer
Uhm
Mek
Ras
Falco
Rain
Bark
Enos
Jesse Vincent
Jim Lemyre
Maxx Moses
Isaias Crow
and More TBA!

Stay Up is a part of Trenton’s 24 hour arts extravaganza, Art All Night
June 20 & 21, 2015. The Historic Roebling Wire Works Building, Trenton, NJ.

The interactive Demo Area

There will be around the clock demos by some of the areas amazing artists.
Buy a water tower created by boundless brooklyn.**($20 a portion of the proceeds goes to Art All Night)
Bring your supplies or use some of ours.
Create your own watertower masterpiece! Take it home and brag to your friends

**water towers are limited to 50 to reserve one contact leon.rainbow@gmail.com

Art Served Up Trenton Style

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Art Served Up Trenton Style – an exhibition featuring work by the Trenton Artists Workshop Association and the SAGE Coalition
Prince Street Gallery, formerly located in So Ho, is located at 530 W. 25th Street, 4th Floor, New York City. Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For gallery information call 646-230-0246.
A public reception celebrating the opening of the show is set June 18 from 5 to 8 p.m.
Sage:
Addison Vincent, Andrew Wilkinson, Dave Orantes, Demer, Jesse Vincent, will Kasso, Jonathan Conner, Leon Rainbow, Luv One, Dave Mek Klama, Dean Ras Innocenzi, Wills Kinsley
Tawa:
Priscilla Snow Algava, Joanne Amantea, Elizabeth Aubrey, Bonnie Randall, Katie Hector, Aubrey J. Kauffman, Mary Leck, Mel Leipzig, Terri McNichol, Mark Schreiber

Pennington Day 2015

After I painted the HV Stampede I was asked to do a live painting piece at Pennington Day on Saturday May 16, 2015. Pennington New Jerseys Largest Street Festival. So the concept that we talked about was when urban meets rural. So I created a rural scene and filled it with my signature patterns and designs. I added a grain silo and old truck as th focal points. The background sky contains a simple funky legible “Pennington”. I used warm and cool colors to give the piece depth. I got great feedback from everyone and I am very pleased with the outcome.

San Diego Trip 2015

Super Being Mural By (left to right) Leon Rainbow, Maxx Moses & Isaias Crow in San Diego ‪#‎surrounded‬ ‪#‎thegoodness‬ ‪#‎laquerencia‬

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Next Isaias Crow and Myself Painted at YMCA Surf Camp at Imperial Beach at one of the Residences

Last we transformed a beat up box truck into a rolling piece of artwork!

 

Subway to Gallery 2

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Opening Reception:
Friday April 10th, 2015 5:30pm-8pm
DJ Its Just Ahmad on the 1’s and 2’s

April 10 – June 10 2015
St Francis Hospital
Chambers Street Lobby
601 Hamilton Avenue
Trenton, NJ

Artists:
Andrew Wilkinson
Billy Brown
Demer
Gentrifried
Jamaila Hernandez
Kasso
Lank
Leon Rainbow
Mek
Ras
Ricardo Barros
Uhm

Check it out on Facebook

5-day Art Challenge by Leon Rainbow

This 5 day artist challenge was originally took place February 2-6, 2015. Posted on facebook and instagram.

DAY 1

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So I have been nominated to do this 5 day artist challenge by Ricardo Basilio Coke and Kortez Robinson…. so here goes the first post..I am going to theme by medium..Today I am going to post the art of body painting.. This one of my favorite body painting images love the shadow in the background. Did this shoot a few years back with photographer Nikki Riley model: Jerzee Continue reading 5-day Art Challenge by Leon Rainbow

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