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 by artist Todd Fendos Pays Homage to Boulanger

IMG_5264I recently completed a request for two chairs in homage of paintings created by Graciela Boulanger, who has an exceptional style.

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Upcycled chair pays homage to The Point by artist Todd Fendos

IMG_20151114_113216312This special commision went to a fan of the movie The Point! who wanted his own Oblio and and dog arrow..The Point! is a fable that tells the story of a boy named Oblio, the only round-headed person in the Pointed Village, where by law everyone and everything must have a point. Released in 1970, The Point! is the sixth studio album by American songwriter and muscian Harry Nilsson.

It was accompanied by an animated film adaptation directed by Fred Wold, which aired on ABC a few weeks after the albums release. Its lead single, “Me and My Arrow” peaked at #34 on the billboard Hot 100. The VHS and DVD releases feature another of Nilsson’s friends, Ringo Starr, as the father. Another version, seen on cable television in the 80s and 90s, featured narration by Alan Thicke. The voices of the son and Oblio were provided by Mike Lookinland, best known for playing Bobby Brady on the television series The Brady Bunch.

 

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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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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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Picasso Themed Upcycled Chairs Transform Dining Room

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.

Chairs 134 rtSo 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.

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Fendos chairs are now featured in Hoypoloi Galleries

10154896_10204675178710313_5973406409378042435_nAs 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.

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