Mural & Large Scale

Outdoor/Indoor

Public, Private, Commercial

Community Projects

Cut-Panel Installations

I kind of fell into it...

... and it don't stop!

In 1992, when my painting mentor,

Jim Richard, recommended me to paint at Royal Artists, Inc., a Mardi Gras parade float manufacturer in New Orleans, I had no idea that murals would make up so much of my portfolio.

 

I have been fortunate to work on many projects with my friends, Richard Harrison and Rebecca VanOrnam, of A Midsummer's Mural, and street artist Hugo Zamorano, especially on the South Omaha Mural Project, with our good friend and local historian, Gary Kastrick.  

All together, we have painted over twenty public murals since 2011.

 

We do public/community, private and commercial projects; from realistic representations to pure abstraction. 

The Leavenworth Corridor

Midtown Omaha is ripe for murals as it transforms from the remains of its former heyday into a revived, still local economy.  See the Triangulation video below for more about why we do these murals and see some of the other artists making this happen.  Currently, there are about a dozen murals along this stretch of Leavenworth and heading downtown.   We have done six of them.  They're on and mostly for local businesses, non-profits, veterans, Art.

the Triangulation mural

the Triangulation mural

Russ, Jeff, Me, Dave

Russ, Jeff, Me, Dave

Russ, Larry, Jeff, Me, Marty

Russ, Larry, Jeff, Me, Marty

sidewalk view

sidewalk view

me, RUSS

me, RUSS

Op Art

Op Art

Noah

Noah

dangeRUSS

dangeRUSS

13 days of work

13 days of work

oblique view

oblique view

Larry

Larry

family day

family day

ladder times

ladder times

kickstarter for triangulation

kickstarter for triangulation

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AVANZA!

This is the first public art project on which Richard Harrison and I worked together.  We were contacted by Sarah Tracey, who founded StartLab to engage artists in local art projects, while she worked with Urban Village, for which we've done a few projects.  Joining with the Ford Birthsite Neighborhood Assoc., we received two Omaha Mayor's Grants and funding from the Nebraska Arts Council.  Visiting Artist Linda Garcia guided Jackson Elementary students in creating papel picado designs, which were integrated into the mural.  Avanza was the name of the latin supermarket on which the mural depicts produce often found in such markets.  READ news story.

Richard & I painting in 100 degrees
Richard & I painting in 100 degrees

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20' of 216' wall
20' of 216' wall

we drew from fresh produce found in the latin market.

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earlier mock up
earlier mock up

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Richard & I painting in 100 degrees
Richard & I painting in 100 degrees

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Triangulation

I felt a need to promote pure design as a useful member of the mural gallery developing in the city. This project was funded through crowd-sourcing on Kickstarter, which paid for labor of first-time muralists.

 

Special thanks to Dave, Russ, Larry, Jeff, Noah, Rhianna and Nicole!

Leavenworth Arts District – See Video below from the Triangulation Project.  The idea is to promote both the small businesses in this area of Omaha and also the artists beautifying it.

4314 Leavenworth St.

2013

Other Leavenworth & Midtown Murals

  • Antique Float at Jim's Seek and Save

  • 2013 NSX at Exclusive Honda

  • Freedom! at VFW

  • Urban Village on Farnam St.

Cut-outs & Installations

Painting Mardi Gras parade floats at Royal Artists, Inc., in New Orleans, brought me to large scale painting - and to the use of cut-outs.  I worked there from 1992-94, in my early twenties.  We attached painted, cut-out images to the floats using wire so that they would jiggle down the street and animate the main scenes. 

 

This led me to create my first jigsaw-cut piece, "Notary", in 1994.  I hand-cut four free-standing screens in graduate school.  Now, I have Prism Signs cut them on a CNC router.  Thanks, Curt!  We expanded to using clear acrylic, laser-cut after printing on its surface, for luminous effects on smaller pieces.  My goal is large-scale, plasma-cut installations.  The aesthetic carries into studio stencil work and even into traditional mural compositions. 

Panels can be abutted vertically and horizontally to create screen walls or relief installations.

Notary
Notary

This painting is a replica of the first cut-out artwork I did at the age of 24 in 1994. At that time, I cut them by hand.

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BPR
BPR

In 2014, around 80 volunteers of various levels of ability helped paint 16 4x8” cut panels.

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Benson Plant Rescue
Benson Plant Rescue

Detail, Alumalite cutout & painted

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La Primavera
La Primavera

This freestanding, folding screen is 7' tall. I am interested in all kinds of atmospheric surfaces and non-local color palettes.

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Benson Plant Rescue
Benson Plant Rescue

Center 5 panels of 16, each 4x8', which line atop a 64’ long retaining wall.

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Like Unto God
Like Unto God

Early, hand-cut folding screen. 1995

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Comfort Food - Fries
Comfort Food - Fries

30x40" acrylic panel - cut after print

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Comfort Food
Comfort Food

Image album cover for Comfort Food. Vector.

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City Sprouts South Garden
City Sprouts South Garden

Pre-install of East side, about seed saving cycle.

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City Sprouts South Garden
City Sprouts South Garden

Mounted on container unit

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Diversability mural
Diversability mural

Each piece was painted on parachute cloth by various groups, then cut out and pasted onto the wall. Sponsored by WhyArts?

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Samurai
Samurai

This cropped image from a workshop screen print would look fantastic at large scale, whether in paint or 3/4'” plasma cut steel, coated in white enamel.

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Magic City mural
Magic City mural

2014. We used 26 cut, 4x8’ panels of floor underlayment as spray stencils. Young graffiti artists from the area joined us to create the first official mural of the South Omaha Mural Project. It is painted on the site of the historically first building of South Omaha.

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Fronds
Fronds

Used the La Primavera screen as a key stencil layer.

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Nostrovia - Polish Mural
Nostrovia - Polish Mural

Bride, Groom and Man breaking Chair are all cut alumalite

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shine
shine

Graduate School. 1997. 12' tall.

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Benson Plant Rescue

2014, 2018

A special community project for a great organization!   Over 80 people helped paint the first set at the Benson Theater Project.  It was the first to feature the cutouts, which I returned to after 20 years.  There are now 32 panels, each 4×8′ tall, installed as two free-standing, 164′ long shade screens at Benson Plant Rescue, 7224 Maple St.  Omaha. Mayor’s Grant recipient (phase 1). 

Phase 1, 2014

panels installed at BPR
Dr. Ds' support frame
raw cut panels
block-in volunteer
layering volunteer
student volunteers
finished panels at Benson Theater
lotus
water plants
student volunteers
iris and tomato
student volunteers
finished panels at Benson Theater
student volunteers
finished panels at Benson Theater
student volunteers
succulents
installed screen