WORKING ON THE PAINTING:
Work on the painting was exciting . . . once started, it came on in leaps and bounds as I posted regular updates and got positive response from the band and my followers.
I started off with a photo I took of a guy walking across Trafalgar Square that I really wanted to paint. I wanted to brand his T Shirt with an Ist Ist logo or graphic element.
I also wanted to use the sound waves from their latest EP and eventually came up with the idea of using them to represent islands fading away into the mist. Apt, when listening to "I Want To Disappear."
For the islands I used the tracks: I Want To Disappear, Entry and Undignified.
Their "Buldings" motif was perfect for a T Shirt design, crisp and clean and instantly recognisable. It was a blast removing the existing "STAFF" logo and replacing it with this.
The final piece was the Ist Ist name which appears on the bag over the guys shoulder.
I completed the painting in time for the delivery date.
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I knew that I wanted a title that would point the viewer to the band and their music . . . "@ististmusic" was perfect, directing viewers to the Ist Ist pages and social media.
I haven't seen an Instagram name being used as a title or an artwork before so it will be interesting to see how people react to it.
WHAT'S NEXT FOR THE @ististmusic PAINTING
• EXHIBITIONS • LIMITED EDITION PRINTS •
EXHIBITION IN SAN FRANCISCO:
8th Annual SupersonicArt Invitational - April 6th, 2019 Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco, USA
Some things are just meant to be. Zach Tutor of SupersonicArt contacted me when I was about half way through my @ististmusic painting and asked if I'd like to have a piece in his upcoming show in San Francisco. I said yes . . . and set about getting this piece finished. I wasn't sure I could reach the deadline . . . but I had a new piece for him if I couldn't. A deadline always motivates me. The piece was ready on time.
I have been a keen follower of SupersonicArt for many years and was delighted to be invited by curator Zach Tutor to participate in this prestigious group exhibition in San Fransisco.[ This annual exhibition features the cutting edge of what Zach Tutor refers to as "Deep Pop". Mixing Fine Art and Illustrative ideals, Tutor's curatorial vision has amassed over 650,000 Tumblr followers.]
@ististmusic, paintings sold in San Francisco
LIMITED EDITION PRINTS:
Talking with the band about possibilities for the image, we decided to release a special Limited Edition Print. I will be doing numbering and signing them and the band will also make them available on their website with their signatures alongside mine. A great keepsake for fans of the band.
We decide to do a small Edition . . . while making it large enough to not disappoint the bands followers . . . so 90 is the number.
The proofs came through a few weeks ago and were looking amazing so we hit the button and released the edition at 10am
Check out both paintings inspired by Ist Ist:
@ististmusic | 24" x 24" | Oil on linen Under Your Skin | 24" x 24" | Oil on linen