When I heard that I Am Trenton was doing a public art grant for the Old Trenton Neighborhood, my thoughts drifted to the wall on the side of the Broad Street Furniture Store. This site captured the architecture from Broad Street Discount Furniture to the Mercer County Community College Fashion and Design school. So I decided to bring attention to the area, by designing and creating a mural of the buildings and businesses. The Mural will beautify the area and hopefully spark revitalization in this section of Broad Street.
My friend Steve Zahirny and I smoothed out some rough spots of the wall with concrete. I worked tirelessly for weeks primming and sketching out the buildings and patterns. I base filled the sky and added patterns and bright colors to bring the mural to life. I organized a community workshop, which taught aerosol application and techniques. Light Refreshments were served by my wife Marie, and everyone had a great time. I outlined and detailed the buildings and sky. Finally, the mural was complete. My largest solo project to date, over15ft tall spanning 85ft.
Thanks to my Assistants: Radek Selski, Sophie Ban, and Marcus Mera.
Workshop supplies provided by TerraCycle and Liquitex
Special thanks to Amin and the staff at Broad Street Discount Furniture.
Mural created with support from the Old Trenton Arts + Community Program funded by I Am Trenton Community Foundation and Isles, Inc.
The mural incorporates an urban rendering of the Trenton Health Teams logo. The mural brings together the concepts in the “Vision for Trenton”- Healthy Environment, Public Spaces, Growing Economy, Effective Education, Healthy Food, Improved safety, Equity, and Social Cohesion, Quality Healthcare. The mural depicts iconic images of the Trenton community. Key Features are the NJ State House, Trenton Battle Monument, and the sculpture “Men Working” by George Segal. Special Thanks to Greg Paulson and the Trenton Health Team.
The “From Potential To Achievement” Mural was created at Christina Seix Academy in Ewing, NJ June 2018.
When I first talked with Dr. Connor from Christina Seix Academy, I loved his vision and the school was such a positive and creative environment. He showed me the wall which is 15ft x 15ft. They wanted to have student interaction as part of the project. The ages ranged from 5 to 13 years old. I came up with the concept of painting a tree with the “leaves” being handprints and symbols. We would use a material that we could cut in different shapes and collage into the mural. They gave me the title “From Potential To Achievement” and their “TRENT” Slogan to work into the design. It was fun to create a mural that incorporated so many styles and techniques. Thanks to Radek Selski for assisting me.
For its fourth year, the Levitt AMP Trenton Music Series activated Mill Hill Park—an easily-accessible, underused park in the state capital’s historic downtown core—building upon the progress of the previous three years, spurring economic activity and community participation, giving people of all backgrounds a place to connect and enliven their community through free, live music.
I curated a great group of artists to repaint the panels on Front and Broad Street during the Levitt Amp Festival. Each week a different artist painted LIVE directly across from the concert series. We have several local artists as well as artists from Philly, NYC, Delaware and Vermont.
Presented by the Trenton Downtown Association, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting economic growth and development as well as arts and cultural activities in the capital city.
After seeing a call for art for the 48 Blocks AC Event, I thought it would be really cool to have a graffiti-inspired chair on the Atlantic City Boardwalk. I was accepted and I started to work out a concept. I wanted something that represented the traditional aspects of graffiti in a bright fun way. I reimagined the “Do AC” logo on the seat back with an Atlantic City skyline in the background. On the chair arms, I painted “Boardwalk Empire” after the hit show. The seat a tribute to Jersey. I tied it all together with a uniform background of chips and designs. The chair is installed on the boardwalk in front of The Ocean Club.
The mural concept is “Growth” represented by the sunflower. It is also depicts planting which is synonymous with planting seeds artistically and the neighborhood growth. I chose the sunflower because it represents light and positivity.
The mural was painted as part of an annual project for Isles Inc. The mural was painted live with Dj It’s Just Ahmad providing the soundtrack.
I curated the Murals on Front project. I worked with the Trenton Downtown Association to bring murals to the Levitt Amp Trenton Music Series. We had a different street artists paint live on Thursdays from 5pm to 8 pm each week during the festival from June 29-August 31, 2017. Many of the artists came before and after to finish their masterpieces. Each artist was given full creative control to create their best works of art. The murals were painted on the boarded up sections of the parking garage across the street from the park on front and broad. The murals will remain until the garage is developed or torn down. Participating artists are Bayron Calderon, Mek, Lank, Ras, Will Kasso, Luis Sanchez, HKS 181, Billy Brown, Naval, Leon Rainbow, and Patrick Forsyth.
Leon Rainbow paints mural with IYI(Isles Youth Institute)
“Trenton Makes” mural was designed by world renowned artist Mr. Leon Rainbow and the students of Isles Youth Institute Evening under the guidance of Stacy Heading.
In collaboration with the City of Trenton Recreation Dept, together we created the mural Trenton Makes in the foyer of the Westward Center located at 351 Prospect Street Trenton NJ.
This is just one part of the IYI beautification project. Over the summer, the students painted the inside of the gymnasium and NJ Youth Corp, painted the foyer along with the help of city staff Mr. Ron Clark and assistant.
The IYI beautification project is a service learning project that will allow our students to give back to the community where they live. During the beautification project they will receive volunteer hours, work experience, and increase their leadership ability. The beautification service learning project in hopes to establish a reduction in crime.
I was happy when I was contacted by my friend Tina and Doug to create a new mural in their house. We have been talking about doing something in the house for a couple of years but it seemed like she had an idea of what she wanted. I arranged a consultation and we decided it would be cool to do something with meaning but personal to her. We decided to do 1996 for the year they were married after looking at the space and thinking about it for a while I asked her if we could do a mixture of letters and numbers. We decided on “9Teen 90Six” this had a great mix of letters and numbers and fit the landscape orientation of the piece. We decided to do clear pieces on white with pops of color patterns and shapes.