Once again, thanks to a client for a special order. This is a chair I’ve thought of creating, but never pursued. This painted chair pays tribute to Klimt’s Portrait Of Adele Bloch Bauer I by artist Todd Fendos. The realist work of art is painted with acrylic in blended gold, blues, reds and tones of skin. The backside of the chair has also been painted in Klimt’s style. The chair has three layers of polyurethane so that it can be used as a functional piece of furniture.
I love getting special requests and as a huge music fan, I had a great time this past Christmas season creating this upcycled chair depicting musician Neil Young playing his famous electric guitar.
While most people know Neil Young for his 1989 single “Rockin’ in a Free World” and tons of other hits, not everyone is aware that he co-founded Farm Aid in 1985. He has also been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice: first in 1995 for his solo work and in 1997 as a member of Buffalo Springfield.
I think Neil Young is an amazing artist and, I’m honored I got the chance to do this tribute of him.
I’ve been really fortunate to get my work into a great new store in Milwaukee called ReSource. Located at 5422 W. Vliet Street, the shop features all upcycled or environmentally responsible items from jewelry created out of bottles found on the Las Vegas Strip to a couple of my Picasso inspired chairs. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. The store was recently written up in the Journal Sentinel and one of my chairs was featured: http://www.jsonline.com/features/multimedia/photos/find-funky-gift-ideas-at-resource-b99406848z1-286245991.html
This spring, I had a customer who reached out to me wanting four Picasso chairs for her dining room. When I mentioned this to my wife, Heidi, she thought it sounded like a great idea. For years our dining room was filled with five Modigliani chairs. In fact, Heidi who works out of our house used to laugh and call these chairs her co-workers.
However, when Heidi and I got to talking about this commission, she pointed out that decorators are starting to use more patterns and vivid colors, and that the Picasso style chairs would make a nice contemporary update for our dining room.
So I went outside, fired up my saw and got to work. We now are the proud owners of five new Todd Fendos chairs LOL! Our dining room now features my interpretation of Picasso’s Femme Assise Dans chair, Woman in Blue chair, Femme au Jardin chair, Tete D’une Femme Lisant chair, and Femme au Beret Rouge chair.
I have to say the room’s transformation is striking and we love it. Do you own a Fendos chair? If you do, send me a picture of it in your home or office so we can highlight it on my blog.
Take care and enjoy all that life brings your way.
As many of you know, CHIARoScURO, the gallery I was in on Michigan Avenue in Chicago for 14 years closed this June. Since then, I’ve been on a mission to find the right gallery in greater Chicago which would feature my work. I’m excited to tell you that as of September 27, my chairs are now in three of Hoypoloi’s galleries.
Hoypoloi markets itself as the “uncommon gallery” and each of their galleries is so much fun to walk through. They feature amazing artwork in many mediums, and I have to say I feel truly honored to have my chairs featured in their unique and beautiful spaces.
Hoypoloi has three locations in greater Chicago, one at 2235 S. Wentworth Avenue in Chicago’s Chinatown which has five of my chairs on display, and two galleries located at O’Hare International Airport. Terminal 1’s store has one of my chairs in their window (as is pictured here). And, Terminal 2’s store has two of my chairs on display. If you are on a layover in O’Hare be sure to check them out!
In addition, Hoypoloi also has a gallery in Downtown Disney that I’m hoping to get some of my chairs into in the near future. This is an exciting new venture for my me and I’d like to thank Hoypoloi for the great opportunity to work with them.
This painted chair pays tribute to Renoir’s Impressionist painting Two Sisters on the Terrace 1881 by artist Todd Fendos. The realist work of art is painted with acrylic in blended blues, reds and tones of skin. The backside of the chair has also been painted in Renoir’s style. The chair has three layers of polyurethane so that it can be used as a functional piece of furniture. Renoir’s Two Sisters on the Terrace 1881 painted chair measures 48″ H x 18″ W x 18″ D. Feel free to contact me with any questions or for any customized needs.