Paul Bryan Jr. Artsit Interview
Guitar maker Pavel Maslowiec designs and hand crafts guitars for musicians like Daniel Lanois, Rocco DeLuca, Allan Holdsworth and David Gilmour. Pavel is originally from Krakow Poland and came to the U.S. fifteen years ago to live in Orange County, California. While living in Poland, Pavel earned degrees in architecture, medicine and learned wood working skills by building custom houses.
After moving to Orange County, Pavel decided to build a guitar similar to the Telecaster used by David Gilmour of Pink Floyd. This is what eventually lead him to learn from guitar maker Doc Pittillo. Doc Pittillo worked with Max Bennet, Marco Mendoza, Hugh Ferguson, Mike Ness, Rodney Sheppard, Johnny Winter, Allan Holdsworth, Van Epps, Walter Trout, Jeff Snyder and Eric Sardinas.
There are many difficult challenges in custom guitar design. Pavel’s found that his biggest challenge is creating custom resonators for each artist’s style. In order to give each artist exactly what they are looking for. Pavel must first study the wave design and the physics behind the custom resonator for several months.
In the summer of 1968, Leo Fender paid Doc Pittillo in guitar parts and bodies from the Fender Guitar Factory to work on his boat. One of the body and necks happened to be the prototype guitar for George Harrison for the Beatles session. Forty years later, Pavel finished the guitar in honor of it’s original recipient.
Dating back well over 30,000 years, the evolution of graffiti from prehistoric cave paintings and pictographs has been monumental. Strategically fashioned in ceremonial and consecrated areas, the ancient images often displayed scenes of animal wildlife and intrepid expeditions involving hunter gatherers. Primordial graffiti regularly displayed declarations of love, political expressions, and philosophical musings. Researching the ancient form of artistry has helped us gain a deeper understanding of the lifestyles and languages embraced by past cultures.
Graffiti has become a bone of contention, the word alone conjures up many different questions - is it artistic expression or mere vandalism? In the past, has it contributed to urban decay or is it a by-product of social disquiet?
New York City is often labelled the birthplace of contemporary graffiti, an artistic element that is principally associated with the eruption of inner-city gangs. The Bronx, Washington Heights and other deprived areas within the city were the melting pots of this creativity. The younger generation, rebellious and vociferous, clamoured territorial possession, and this desire was initially met through stylized signatures of names, known as tags.
The swinging 60s was a time of liberation and free thinking; political activists began using graffiti as an innovative form of expression, and gangs such as the Savage Skulls, La Familia, and Savage Nomads used it to mark territory.
A decade later, and these pioneers were joined by artists like Dondi, Zephyr and Lady Pink, people who realized the enormous potential of graffiti as an expressive art. By the mid 1970s, most principles in graffiti writing and culture had been firmly set. Most notably, during this time, “top-to-bottom” displays progressed in complexity, now taking up complete subway cars.
Branching out from a somewhat singular, individualistic style, graffiti quickly became competitive; artists began to enter subway yards all in the hope of “hitting” as many trains as possible, often opting to create elaborate displays along the subway car sides. Largely due to the number of competing artists, tagging quickly began to take on its literal meaning, as individuals and groups needed a way to separate themselves from the proverbial herd. Towards the end of the 70s, rather notably, the MTA (Metro Transit Authority) decided to take on this surge in creative expression, mainly by repairing yard fences and vigorously removing graffiti whenever possible.
Oil Pastels are one of a few versitile art supplies you can ever work with. Just about any medium intended for use with oil painting will work well with oil pastels. You can get similar effects of oil paintings using oil pastels on canvas or illustration hardboard.
Expressive strokes, scumbling, hatching, drawing and blended smooth passages are all possible using oil pastels dry.Sketching using Oil Pastels
Begin with sketching a drawing on sanded pastel paper, watercolor paper, illustration hardboard or your choice of surface.
Underpainting is also a useful technique with oil pastels. Adding a flat underpainting or wash under different areas eliminates the white flecks from white paper and creates a much more richer color.
Palettes or the page can be used to mix oil pastels. Blend them together to create smooth gradients.
Watersoluble oil pastels can create various opaque and transparent wet effects buy adding plain water. Heavier applications can be smoothed with a blend or wash.
L. B. Mckay was born in Juarez, Mexico. She later moved to the United States where she resides in El Paso, Texas. L.B. Mckay became interested in women's issues due to her own struggles in life. McKay uses her own philosophy besides investigation of a subject matter to evoke serious thought provoking in her work. McKay is also an accomplished artist and photographer.
Photography by L.B. Mckay taken of Steven Hassel
Steven Hassel is 6' 2" inches tall and recently turned 15 years old. He trains with coach Thomas Mckay and is interested in competing in amateur combat sports. Steven comes from a military background and is enrolled in ROTC in high school. Steven is also a contributor to ConvictedArtist.com
Bonnie Parker (October 1, 1910 – May 23, 1934) and Clyde Barrow (March 24, 1909 – May 23, 1934) Their exploits were known nationwide during the Great Depression. They captivated the attention of the American press and its readership during what is sometimes referred to as the "public enemy era" between 1931 and 1935. Though remembered as bank robbers, Clyde Barrow preferred to rob small stores or gas stations.
Title: "Stick 'em up"
Artist: David R. Arredondo
MATERIAL USED: Oil pastel, oil base colored pencil, and acrylic paint. ("15 x 20" ) rag cold press surfaced illustration board of medium weight.
El Paso artist artist L.B. McKay is proud to present her latest art exhibition titled 'El Paso Piñata Extravagnzaha'. The opening celebration will be on Saturday April 28th at 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. The Exhibition is free to the public and will take place at Los Paisanos Gallery at Chamizal National Park 800 South San Marcial St. in El Paso, Texas.
The exhibition is a multimedia celebration of the Piñata. Most people think of piñatas as a fun activity for parties. However L.B. McKay will tell the long history of the piñata and reveal many interesting facts that go beyond the playing of a game through a series of her own custom paintings with a live art exhibition. The exhibition is sponsored by the El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department.
L.B. McKay is best known for her paintings which signify the grief and sorrow of the haunting unsolved murders of young women in Ciudad Juarez (The Murder Capital of the World).
Newport Beach Artist Paul Bryan Jr. specializes in portraits of famous celebrities, admirable philosophers and significant U.S. Presidents. Bryan who considers himself a self taught artist says that his hyper-realistic style of art came as result of his love for oriental art paired with western pop-culture. His wide painting collection of admirable super stars such as Michael Jackson, Madonna, Axle Rose and many others are on display displayed at American and European museums. Dozens of actors, musicians and politicians own his paintings including David Lee Roth who selected one of Paul Bryan’s master pieces for one of his album covers.
California Beach Sushi Restaurant on Lido Island in Newport Beach has showcased Bryan's artwork for several years. Below are recent photos of his paintings taken at the restaurant.
In recent years tribal tattoos have made a comeback. Since the beginning of humanity tattoos have been made onto both sexes to decorate and enhance the skin. The history of tattooing belongs to a many great people. As the art traveled across the world, the styles, methods and meanings adapted to the different tribes which made tattoos a part of their culture. In the West the art of the Polynesian, Maori, Samoans and Mesoamerican people is referred to as 'tribal art'. Tribal art tattoos served many purposes from social status to accomplishments. The type of tattoo and location carries significance, and is taken very seriously. Below is a custom hand drawn tibal tattoo of a dragon designed by David Arredondo. The image was converted from paper to vector format for digital media purposes.
Painter of Light artist Thomas Kinkade died today. April 6th, 2012 marks the day that one of the most popular artists in America passed away in his Los Gatos, California home. Thomas Kinkade was only fifty four years old when he died. Kinkade's sudden death appeared to be from natural causes according to family members.
Kinkade's talents also included writing and he enjoyed teaching other artists his techniques through his books. He was the author of "Masterworks of Light" and "The Artist's Guide to Sketching.
Kinkade described himself as "painter of light" because of his talent for recreating life like paintings of lighthouses, colorful gardens, natural scenes, seascapes, classic Americana and cottages. It is estimated that original and copies of his paintings are seen in over 10 million homes.
"My mission as an artist is to capture those special moments in life adorned with beauty and light," said Kinkade. "I work to create images that project a serene simplicity that can be appreciated and enjoyed by everyone. That's what I mean by sharing the light."
Sketching a human face on paper is one thing, but tattooing it into skin is a whole different beast. A simple slip of the hand, or one shade too many can ruin the photo realistic quality of a human portrait. Ayala learned the tricks of that tedious trade after years of practice and can tattoo a portrait with eyes that appear to be watching you and properly shade the human facial curves so many tattoo artists fear.
Gabriel Ayala's amazing skill of art is an inspiration to many and so is his life story. Ayala was only 14 years old when he first starting tattooing with a sloppy homemade tattoo gun. Tattooing with a homemade tattoo gun is kind of like trying to draw with a pencil with a fractured tip but that didn't stop Ayala from learning how to shoot the straight, crisp lines he is known for.
The Exceptional Art of L.B. MCKAY at CHAMIZAL NATIONAL MEMORIAL
Equality:Yes We Will
A psychological and sentimental work that touches the heart. The artist combines contemporary figurative art with classic baroque style.
Her figures and creative scenarios elaborate drama and emotion, displaying women’s issues expressively and with compassion.
On September 19, 2010, Jesus Alvarado a/k/a “Cimi” along with collaborating artists Victor Casas, a/k/a “Mask” and Trenzas Chicana Arts Collective unveiled “Pachuca Blood” a mural on a pillar under the Spaghetti Bowl located at Lincoln Park, 4001 Durazno St., El Paso, TX a/k/a El Chuco. The mural depicts a “Pachuca", the female counterpart of the Pachuco. She is standing in front of the Santa Fe International Bridge where the strong current of the Rio Grande runs and divides two countries, El Paso, TX, USA and Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua Mexico.
Momentous things happen as a result of someone taking that first step. Gabriel S. Gaytan has decided to skip the step and take an enormous leap in vitalizing El Paso's Lincoln Park with the help of the Lincoln Park Conservation Committee and Latin Pride Car Club. Gabriel S. Gaytan of El Paso is now officially the first artist in El Paso history to ever paint a pillar mural honoring the regions lowrider culture. Last year Gaytan unveiled a magnificent mural titled "El Corazon De El Paso" (The Heart of El Paso). The mural was created as a representation of Lincoln Park which is located in the core of El Paso, Texas.
Photorealism is a form of painting which the artist, aka Photo realists, uses a variety of tools to achieve an almost photo like outcome of art. As a photorealism artist I began creating realistic art as a kid without fully understanding its true significance. I recall drawing portraits of photographs off my favorite magazines and including detail from my imagination to ensure that my paintings were indeed original. My choice of art tools were, and still are, oil based color pencils and oil pastels. As I progressed in my art talent, so did the realism of my paintings. I would spend weeks, if not months fine pointing every detail of my paintings. I have always been obsessed with perfection and detail. Even the slightest imperfection would cause me to destroy my painting and start from scratch until I achieved the perfection I want. As the years passed I was able to afford a much better quality set of art tools. I currently use a professional grade Canon camera to photograph people in a variety of poses. I want each of my paintings to express a theme of importance and significance.
Mesa Lounge in Costa Mesa, California will feature the genuine artwork of prolific painter Paul Bryan Jr. of ConvictedArtist.com on August 10th, 2010. Bryan’s artwork will be on display at Mesa Lounge for about a week. Paul Bryan Jr., who specializes in portraits of famous celebrities, admirable philosophers and significant U.S. Presidents is no stranger to super stars. Dozens of known celebrities own his fantastic paintings, including David Lee Roth who selected a Paul Bryan’s masterpiece for one of his album covers. “Having my art on the cover of the “David Lee Roth’s Greatest Hits” is an honor” said Paul Bryan Jr. Next month Bryan’s art will be featured in New York at the infamous Murphy and Dine Gallery for one month. His diverse painting collection of admirable celebrities such as Michael Jackson, Madonna, Axle Rose and many others have been displayed at American and European museums worldwide. Bryan, who considers himself a self, taught artist says that his hyper-realistic style of art came as result of his love for Oriental Art paired with Western pop-culture. Bryan’s collection includes, “Saints & Sinners”, The Round Painting Collection, and the “Heavy Hitters”.
Graffiti artists from around the nation were called to El Paso by fellow muralist Dave "Grave" Herrera to help feed the homeless. Herrera, chose the Silos, a massive vacant concrete shell now known as “The Silos Aerosol Art Space”, as a hub for local and for out of state graffiti artists to display their artistic talent. The Silos is as an old abandoned industrial building with tall cylinder-like structures festooned with colorful graffiti art forming a unique and unconventional spectacle for anyone unfamiliar with the underground.
After painting musicians, actors, politicians, and Indian chiefs for more than 40 years Paul Bryan Jr. has continued a successful career in producing legendary western pop-culture original paintings. Today Paul Bryan Jr.’s most recent piece was received and praised by President Barack Obama. The painting is a black and white facial portrait of the president on canvas. Bryan is a native of Southern California and was inspired to paint at a very early age. His work is appreciated and collected by art lovers of all ages including celebrities in the movie industry, politics, and sports. Bryan often paints in black and white and sometimes in brown or blue. In certain rare Paul Bryan Jr. paintings you will find two-tones and or multiple colors on canvas. All paintings are finished with a signature super eclipse red circle. Bryan’s latest painting collection will be featured soon and will include celebrity baby portraits. To learn more about Artist of the Stars Paul Bryan Jr. visit PaulBryanJr.com. For pricing and or information on original Paul Bryan Jr. Paintings click here.
These five ceramic sculptures represent the early embryonic stages of the animal kingdom. Some similarities between each other are visible at the beginning, as they start developing their own unique characteristics reinforcing the idea that organisms evolved from a common ancestor. My artistic intent is to make something meaningful that can make me understand the process of life. For this reason, I have created five pieces which involves a fish, amphibian, bird, reptile and a mammal. By creating such pieces which involves the metamorphosis of embryos in different stages of animals gives me the opportunity to evolve the process with clay.
We have yet to find an artist who can thoroughly blend yesterdays vintage pin-up girl with today’s relentlessly seductive and independent women like Tyson McAdoo. McAdoo sketches exquisite comic style pin-up girls in erotic stilettos and sexy lingerie. He blesses each of his beautiful creations with eyes of mystery and the alluring gaze of larceny. In a recent interview with Convicted Artist we learned more about McAdoo. McAdoo began working for comic book giants Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Dark Horse, Wildstorm and even the colossal Cartoon Network. After several years in the cartoon and comic business, McAdoo decided to leave the industry of drawing sexy super hero's and created his very own line of dangerously seductive art. His modern day pin-ups are sexy and fashionable, yet rebellious and unconventional.
This would be to the bewildered of the planet, Dear Bewildered, The bad weather has driven me to reflection and pondering, which in turn has sent me to my under-ground laboratory, where I conduct my experiments and usually emerge with some kind of amazing invention. Sometimes this can take as long as thirty minutes (you have to be patient). In trying to create jobs for the stimulus package..... for fluffy people ( I don't use unpolitically correct adjectives ) I realized other than speed bumps what could they do? Then I realized I needed to create a diet that would de-fluffitize them. Everyone knows diets don't work unless you unbelievable will power like myself. So, I did the obvious, I started to develop a diet that makes you grow then the fluff will spread out and nobody will be fluffy anymore. Within 20 or 30 minutes I called all the science magazines and journals so they could see for themselves the first guy I used grew an astonishing 4 inches in an hour, he went from 36 to a 40 inch waist. I wasn't discouraged I went right back down there and re-arranged some chromo-zones on one of my other subjects, the scientists had to completely re-name a species, so get used to calling them the 2 Inch Worm. So far the only thing my experiments work on are things that crawl..........please contact me if you qualify...........as per usual helping the helpless....bs
Warren Heard of Los Angeles, was influenced to pursue his flair in art by a close family friend named Ghort Ellis. Mr. Ellis helped guide Warren in a very volatile early Vietnam era. Warren grew up in California’s 1960 surf culture and graduated from Venice High School in 1968. Warren then continued his education by enrolling at the Kansas City Art Institute and was taught by1950s abstract expressionist Jim Wilson. Heard later returned to Southern California to continue his career in art.
Mixed media artist Jose Lugo created this piece in the memory of tattoo legend Edward "Chuco" Caballero who passed away November 2008 following a battle with an aggressive form of cancer. There is an image of Christ as well as a portrait of Lugo's son Edwin. The girl represents death in which originated off the idea of Lugo's friend and fellow tattoo artist Spider.
Paul Bryan Jr. has added another feather to his many feathered artist’s cap! The multi-talented artist has graced the White House with a portrait of President Obama! Mr. President was delighted to acquire a self portrait painting by Paul Bryan Jr.
Paul Bryan Jr. has a proud listing of locations where his art resides; the White House,
(more than one painting,) the Smithsonian, Museums, Galleries, The Vatican, homes of the rich and famous, Madonna, and many others ,trans-national locales, and many other famous places.
Hey there, Howlers! As some of you might already know, I like to act as if I know what I’m doing with the paints and the pencils and whatnot. But every once in a while, I learn a thing or two! As one of my influences, Alex Ross, did in a special issue of “Wizard: The Comics Magazine” with “Basic Training” (a sweet-ass gouache watercolor of The Joker and Harley Quinn) 10 years ago, I’m doing now with something I like to call “Anatomy of a Portrait: Darth Maul.” By Coyote Duran, Associate Editor
“Hitman” MATERIALS USED: Acrylic paint on Gesso-treated Masonite (12” X 16”) PAINTING SIGNIFICANCE: This rendition of former World Junior Welterweight Champion Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton in what meant to be a companion piece to the Manny Pacquiao acrylic. I was aiming for this to be done right before his May 2009 title defense against Pacquiao. When Hatton lost the championship
He destroys his enemies with mercy and even heals the ones he hurts, While his rivals behead the innocent and force individuals to convert. Some take his compassion for granted and pester and shout, They bite the hand that feeds them and demand a free handout
Paul Bryan Jr.’s round painting collection began in Hawaii (Land of the Hoola) over 40 years ago. Throughout the years Paul Bryan Jr. added to his Round Painting Collection. His most recent addition is the Starbucks Sign, which was released the day Startbuck’s Coffee released their first container of instant coffee.
"This here's Miss Bonnie Parker. I'm Clyde Barrow. We rob banks." - Clyde Barrow
"You know what, when we started out, I thought we was really goin' somewhere. This is it. We're just goin', huh?" - Bonnie Parker
Car: 1939 Chevy in Old County Jail in San Elizario, Texas
The Lincoln Park Conservation Committee and Latin Pride Car Club presented the 5th Annual Lincoln Park Day on Sunday 20th, 2009 at Lincoln Park in El Paso, Texas. The Lincoln Park Conservation Committee is a non-profit organization maintained by a team of Fire fighters, law enforcement officials, artists and writers, including David Arredondo of ConvictedArtist.
Wayyyyy before man started painting on things; he used his body parts to portray his history, his emotions, religion and his culture. Ancient artists used berry juices, plant extracts and fish extracts, anything that had color, to create the palate for their body art. Who knows what tools they used to implant the ink in the skin. I bet that really hurt! Took real guts then too, to get "marked"!
Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso (25 October 1881 - 8 April 1973) What a mouth full! Thank Heaven he liked to be called Picasso (his mother's maiden name)! His father, Don Jose Ruiz y Blasco, was an artist and an art professor who taught his son from the age of 7 the skills of art.
Paul Bryan Jr. has had a horrific incident this week past. He has been hospitalized for kidney failure and unfortunately, while being attended too, an artery was nicked and he has suffered extensive blood loss. He requires blood dialysis every two days now for the remainder of his life.
A convicted artist is someone who sees things through their beliefs, desires, passions and commitment to their artistry, whether God given or learned, and pursues their goals through their art. They use the conflicts, torments, failures, and the successes, and happiness of life to embellish their art with determination and stamina. They may stumble, they may fail, but they never say die, or quit!
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Welcome to Convicted Artist’s online art gallery where you will find plenty of amazing artwork. All artwork displayed on ConvictedArtist.com emphasizes an inspirational message. The work displayed is rich and varied, styles range from unconventional to classical work. We display a large selection of art which veries from vintage arts to African, Asian, and Mexican art.
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