The LATIN for GLORY mission is to fuse the realms between fashion and art within the many disciplines of design. In February 2014 I was given the opportunity to re-purpose a large scale canvas into a chic work of art for a client of the high end interior design firm, KIS Interior Design
For years I have been mentally creating art work inspired by the pop art master, Andy Warhol, and this February 2014 I collaborated on the perfect project to put these ideas into action. A client of the high-end interior design firm I currently work with, KIS Interior Design
, had a painted canvas that needed to be repurposed into a work of art that would compliment the newly remodeled luxury apartment. .The 3' by 6' framed canvas would be showcased in a master closet for her
(yes, for only her) so I immediately sought out to incorporate my signature motif of shoes.
With Andy Warhol's shoes screen print in mind, I began mapping out a cluster of chic designer shoes that would appear to be floating within the boundaries of the framed canvas with no organization what so ever. In order to most efficiently disguise the existing painting, I chose to paint the entire background in the deepest black available, which also allowed the shoes to stand out. The client's penthouse is located in Miami, FL, which motivated me to chose colors that reflected the tropical and vibrant personality of the city. The trendy hues included zesty oranges, vivid reds, sumptuous purples, and something blue.
|This professionally taken photograph beautifully captures the contemporary design elements, luxury apparel, and my painting in the master closet. |
|This is an image of the original painting that was provided to me by the client. First step : paint over the entire canvas in black! |
|Due to the large scale of the canvas and the much smaller scale of my desk, it was challenging to visualize the entirety of the surface area needed to be covered. I used a white chalk to map out the outline of the shoes to make sure each shoe was proportional to the other, and that the composition was balanced. |
|Thankfully the adjacent desk provided the perfect platform to examine the layout from a top view. |
|Close up of the shoe imprints made with chalk on black acrylic. |
|Once the brilliant colors were finilized, I went over with a thin layer of black to create a "silk screen" appearance seen in the photographs of Andy Warhol. |
|Six feet tall and ready to be delivered to the job site. |
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