The Brewer Collection
I've touted my friend's talent before, but I'll restate my claim. Angelo has some mad skillz and his brand of art-style is right up my alley. He uses clever use of negative space and exquisite extremes of detail to portray scenes from the futuristic story in his head. He somehow manages to capture a form's essence in a minimal set of lines. The poses and settings giving a mood set off with the colors chosen.
My first print was "The Drunk Artist Contemplates His Life". A self-portrait of sorts of the artist himself. Although all the art at the first showing I attended was great, this piece spoke to me and I related with it. It came home with me.
Then last Christmas, Jen gave me Angelo's masterpiece. "Heart of the Empire". It proudly hangs in the upstairs gallery. The detail and scale are amazing. Every time I explore the piece, I find something I hadn't noticed before. It's truly something to behold first-hand. I'm often pulled in on my way down the stairs and find myself ogling various sections -- reading the labels on all of the bottles or noticing another detail in the bar mural.
I introduced the latest addition at the last Grand Ol' Days. Angelo's been busy pumping out all kinds of new art lately. It's all great, but my favorite was the "Parchment Queen", seen directly above the artist in the picture to the left. I love the sepia tones applied to the classic character.
Early on, a commission was exchanged for a website. It's been some time, but good things are well worth waiting for. Especially when creative forces are at work and garnering inspiration. Admittedly -- I'm anxious and excited to see the final result, but I've plenty of patience as well. In the mean time, I'm teased with updates like the soon-finished version above. Take a sneak-peak.
Note the homage to old-skool machine brands and character. The Bridgeport mills and Monarch lathes in the machine shop where I work have become extensions of my hand by now. I'm sure I could operate them with my eyes closed. (Not that I would -- I enjoy having all ten of my fingers.) Block-heads are strewn across the ground and the familiarity of these objects makes the piece personal -- on all kinds of levels. It's my inclusion into Angelo's character set and I'm quite honored. Thanks, Angelo. You've transformed the classic 40's tools into your futuristic styling and managed to portray them with instantly recognizable form. Can't wait to see the polished final result.