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.

CDM LA Graffiti Mural Project

About 5 years ago i was contacted by a party planner to do murals for a hip hop themed Bar Mitzvah. I created the pieces for the event at the Trenton War Memorial. In September 2015, I was contacted by a global advertising agency CDM (Cline Davis & Mann), to create graffiti-styled murals for their Los Angeles office. I was referred to them by the family that I created the murals for the Bar Mitzvah. Over the next few months we planned out the process and I took their ideas and did computer generated mock ups. In early December 2015, I flew to San Diego to start the project. I enlisted my good friend and fellow artist, Isaias Crow to help me with the project.  I painted the murals at his outdoor studio in San Diego. I painted 2 murals which were made up of 5 panels. The science and imagination mural measured 12ft x 8ft. The mural represents the company’s declaration “We are fearless partners who combine science and imagination to create the exceptional”. I mixed letters with symbols to create an amazing mural that represents the company’s style and flair. The 7ft x 8ft dynamic abstract life guard stand pays homage to LA and the company’s proximity to some of the best beaches in the world.



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!

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.

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.

Trenton NJ Graffiti Muralist Graphic Artist