Church Pew Turns Into Yellow Submarine

I recently was commissioned by a Beatles collector to pay homage to the Beatles Yellow Submarine out of a bench.

“What!?!?” That’s what my wife said when I told her about the order. She thought I was crazy for taking on the challenge but I have to say I could envision it from the start and turned out being  one of my favorite commissions to date.

I first located an antique three foot church with high arms. (The high arms were necessary to create the  Then I went to work sculpting it into a submarine shape. From there I put my paint brush to work and the rest is history. I can honestly say it is the coolest church pew I ever seen and I’m proud to put my name to it and pay tribute to this classic album in this regard.

The Yellow Submarine is the tenth studio album by the Beatles. It was released in January 1969  and was the soundtrack to the Yellow Submarine which premiered in London in July 1968. The album contains many classic songs including: The Yellow Submarine , Only a Northern Song, All Together Now, Hey Bulldog, It’s All Too Much, All You Need Is Love,  Pepperland, Sea of Time, Sea of Holes, Sea of Monsters, Pepperland Laid Waste, and Yellow Submarine in Pepperland.  All tracks written by Lennon–McCartney, except Only a Northern Song and It’s All Too Much, by George Harrison. Of these, the most noteworthy of course are are The Yellow Submarine with Ringo Starr on lead vocals, All You Need is Love with John Lennon on vocals.  I have to say I’m partial to All You Need Is Love especially in today’s world.

I hope this commission brings a smile to your face. I know it brought me a lot of joy making it. If you have an idea for something special email me at toddfendos@gmail.com

 

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Renoir’s By the Seashore upcycled chair painted by Artist Todd Fendos

This upcycled painted chair pays tribute to Renoir’s “By the Seashore” Impressionist painting. By the Seashore is was completed in 1883 and now housed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

Renoir made a trip to Italy in 1881-82 and was very influenced by Renaissance art. After this trip, he began to explore a new manner of painting, different from impressionism. He started to emphasize contours and modeling, abandoned the principle that scenes should be painted outdoors to capture light and atmosphere.

Late in the summer of 1883, Renoir spent about a month in St. Peter Port, the capital of Guernsey, and admired the rocks, cliffs and stunning view of Moulin Huet Bay in St. Martin. He painted the starts of fifteen pictures during his stay, most of which were finished later in his Paris studio. Guernsey lies 48 km off the coast of mainland Normandy. Both share the same geology and Guernsey fulfills the “by the sea” criterion in the exhibition title.

However, By the Seashore is thought to have been painted in the artist’s studio. The beach depicted here is probably not in the Channel Islands but near Dieppe, on the Normandy coast. The model was Aline Charigot, his then girlfriend, whom he married in 1890. The arc of the sitter’s dark eyebrows and saucily tilted nose in that pleasant, rosy-cheeked face are common to works by Renoir.

I love the idea of the young woman’s posture by off to the side. It makes for a striking image. Thanks, as always, for supporting artists.

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Upcycled chair by artist Todd Fendos A Mother’s Love

This special commission speaks a lot to me about the power of love and the bond between a mother and a daughter.

A mom reached out me telling me that she wanted to create a truly one of a kind birthday present for her daughter who was literally an ocean away from her. She also wanted to let her daughter know that she will love her always and forever and that no distance can keep them apart.

She sent me a picture of herself in her favorite colorful shirt and asked me to please reproduce it into a chair. She also said because she has very sensitive eyes she always wears sun glasses and asked me to do my test to recreate her.

As a special touch we decided to have her hands making the shape of a heart letting her daughter how much she is loved and that no matter what her mom will always be at her side.

I’m particularly proud of the hands on this chair which I think really have a 3-D effect.

The mom told me her daughter was absolutely “over the moon” about her birthday present and that she love her latest piece of furniture for her home❣

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Upcycled chair by artist Todd Fendos Pays Homage to Jimi Hendrix

Although Jimi Hendrix’ mainstream career only spanned really four years, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music, and one of the most celebrated musicians of the 20th century.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame describes him as “arguably the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music”. And you know what, I have to agree.

Hendrix played a variety of guitars throughout his career, with a few exceptions, Hendrix played right-handed guitars that were turned upside down and restrung for left-hand playing, pretty cool huh? This made the sound of his music as unique as he was.

Hendrix’s music has received a number of Hall of Fame Grammy awards, starting with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 1992, followed by two Grammys in 1999 for his albums Are You Experienced and Electric LadylandAxis: Bold as Love received a Grammy in 2006. In 2000, he received a Hall of Fame Grammy award for his original composition, “Purple Haze”, and in 2001, for his recording of Dylan’s “All Along the Watchtower”. Hendrix’s rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” was honored with a Grammy in 2009.

In 2015, our family was lucky to see some of his guitars, clothing and concert posters at an amazing exhibit paying tribute to him at the Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle WA.

Then in 2017, our family enjoyed the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame’s permanent exhibit to him that includes: his Fender Stratocaster Electric Guitar and and Gibson Flying V, his priest’s robe from 1967, the jacket and pants frat he wore at the Love and Peace Festical in Germany in 1970 and more.

Both of these exhbits are must sees for music lovers.

So are you experienced enough to enjoy Jimi in a Purple Haze? Enjoy the site of psychedelic Jimi playing in your own home.

This custom order was combined with my tributes to Elvis, John Lennon and Prince to form one of Rock’s greatest bands to never play.

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Upcycled chair by artist Todd Fendos Pays Homage to Clint Eastwood and John Wayne

While Clint Eastwood refused to work together in a movie, who says that they can’t get together over a friendly game of high-stakes poker? This commissioned order does just that. Set in 1865, this table and chair set comes complete, including the players using Confederate bills. This was a great addition to a rec room.

 

 

 

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Upcycled chair pays tribute to Klimt Portrait Of Adele Bloch Bauer I

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.
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Upcycled Chair Pays Tribute to Musician Neil Young

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Neil Young

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.

 

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ReSource in Milwaukee has Great Gift Ideas

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  

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