David Bowie makes another appearance in my catalog for a variety of reasons. First, he is a tremendous source of inspiration for me. Second, he transformed himself so often, making him an endless source of content. The third reason is simply because I’ve never been truly happy with my previous Bowie pieces. They seem to turn on me as time goes on – perhaps it’s fitting since Bowie himself was so chameleon like.
The concept for this one is derived from the theory that Bowie truly was other worldly. The theory points to the multitude of songs that discuss celestial bodies or non-terrestrial subjects, and lends to the lore that perhaps he had been trying to give us hints all along. If you keep this theory in the back of your mind while listening to many of his songs, culminating in his parting offering titled “I Can’t Give Everything Away”, they take on a whole new meaning. Maybe, just maybe, his greatest secret was that David Bowie didn’t really die, he simply left his earthly vessel.
Trevor "Stickman" Stickel specializes in musically based portraits that capture legendary moments, powerful ideas and raw emotion. His work is described as gritty-yet-fresh, complex-yet-simple. Graduating from a Jekyll and Hyde influence early in his career in which he divided his time between family portraits and design work on helmets and Harleys - Trevor had the epiphany to combine both styles while reading "According to the Rolling Stones". Two weeks later he finished his first canvas portrait of Mick Jagger that would thrust him into a different realm of the art world an aptly titled it "Please allow me to introduce myself".
The idea or "mission" behind my art work was to create an artistic tribute to something (music) and to the people (musicians) that have had a tremendous impact on me and basically shaped my world. Historically these tributes have been limited to photos/posters that have adorned the bedroom walls of teenagers and dorm rooms throughout adolescence. I wanted to create a style of art that brings these iconic figures back into our life, and do so in manner that we as adults can display proudly in our homes. When planning a piece I often imagine how the finished piece would look in a contemporary living room, dining room, lounge, etc.
In order to achieve the mission stated above as well as explore my creative and artistic side, the idea of amalgamating different artistic disciplines on the same canvas was born. The concept is to take my portrait realism and juxtapose it with a background that expresses my feeling and emotions of the subject I'm painting. This method also allows me to explore other disciplines of art - many of my backgrounds will include Abstract, Expressionism, Impressionism, Realism, Pop Art, Street Art, Surrealism and quite often a combination of these. This is where I get to enjoy the artistic side of these pieces as well as paying additional homage to some of my favorite visual artists. My work is a true collaboration of music and art where I take a very influential subject matter and combine it with inspiration from artists such as Warhol, Bansky, Basquiat and Pollock to name just a few.