James and Tommy, co-owners of Enlightened Brewery Company, have been creating tasty beer for Milwaukeans for some time. They recently celebrated their tenth anniversary. James was a former student of mine, and to say I’m proud would be a bit of an understatement. What better way to enjoy a beverage than to be greeted… Read more »
Posts By: Todd Fendos
Based on the photo from 1908, with his wife in Venice, I can’t help but smile at how humbled Monet may have felt in this moment. Arguably one of history’s most important artists, his presence seems lost on the pigeons.
This was a custom order from fans of George Rodrigue, the famed artist from NOLA artist. The ghost, Julie, sits atop his gallery. From the galleries website…”The building is also a stop on the nightly New Orleans ghost tours. Some 150 years ago a young woman named Julie, mistress to an Uptown businessman, wanted desperately… Read more »
Dubbed the “King of Pop“, he is regarded as one of the most significant cultural figures of the 20th century. Over a four-decade career, his contributions to music, dance, and fashion, along with his publicized personal life, made him a global figure in popular culture. Jackson influenced artists across many music genres; through stage and… Read more »
Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon is perhaps my favorite painting. One of the twentieth centuries’ most important paintings, it is now part of the collection of Museum of Modern Art in New York. Preceded by nearly 100 sketches, it has been stated that Picasso’s creativity was spontaneous, but carefully conceived. The five women, all prostitutes, seem… Read more »
A little too large for a chair, Three Musicians fit perfectly on a bench. Created by Picasso in 1921, it is now part of the collection in the New York Museum of Modern Art. Although it is an oil painting, Three Musicians looks like a collage made from cut out pieces of colored paper. The… Read more »
This has always been one of my favorite paintings, and was an honor to recreate as a chair. The Scream (Norwegian: Skrik) is a composition created by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch in 1893. The agonized face in the painting has become one of the most iconic images of art, seen as symbolizing the anxiety of… Read more »
In 2018, the portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama were unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC. The date their unveiling, deliberately chosen by Barack Obama, was February 12, Lincoln’s birthday. The 44th president has made no secret that he admired the 16th. These paintings have captivated audiences from around the world.
With commissioned artwork, I am often asked to reproduce a celebrity’s iconic look. Which brings us to Lady Gaga…how do you narrow her fashion style onto just one chair…plastic bubbles, Kermit the Frog dolls, raw meat? With numerous conversations and considerations, we went with her portrayal of Elizabeth Johnson, the “Countess” from American Horror Story. Gaga won… Read more »
This has become one of my favorite requests to date, Peter Gabriel in his “bat costume”, created as a gift to an ardent fan and musician. In working with the client, we decided this was Gabriel’s most iconic image. Here is a little background. On February 9, 1973, Genesis played at the Rainbow Theater in… Read more »