New York: city of dreams, city of lights, city of opportunity. Countless rags-to-riches stories come from this city, promising that dreams and goals of any shape or size can be fulfilled here.
Take the Million Dollar Listing stars for example. Struggling real estate brokers becoming millionaires in a single television season is the essence of the New York minute.
Street art is no different. Of course, many graffiti artists are have been putting in work on the streets for decades--and they certainly deserve the respect for their long hours and years in the industry. But there are also the amazing come-up stories like that of Incarcerated Jerkface's--an artist his whole life, who only just painted his first mural a year ago. Since then, his art has become instafamous--with more than 64,000 followers on Instagram, and over a dozen murals in NY and NJ. He quickly became one of my favorite artists, and I genuinely look forward to every single one of his new murals (and really, chasing them around the city never gets old). To say the least, I was so excited to see the translation of his street art into canvas work at his latest gallery show at Bottleneck Gallery in Williamsburg. Check it out!
I usually end with my favorite piece of the gallery, but the title of this Cheshire Cat is just a perfect starting point for Jerkface's show, and artistic career. "Every adventure requires a first step."
|A canvas version of his first mural, originally at 5Pointz.|
|"Like Jerry Does Tom"|
(Blurry picture thanks to my camera battery dying, too bad because this was an absolutely amazing piece!)
|"Jerk Way of Life"|
Live painted at his gallery opening party!
Depending on how often you read my posts, or how often you walk around the streets of Manhattan and Brooklyn, or how often you go on the "popular" page on Instagram, you've probably seen most of Jerkface's work before. In case you've missed anything over the past year, the rest of this post is dedicated to the past successes of Jerkface in 2014. I can't wait to see what next year has to bring for his art, both in the studio and on the streets.
P.S. I can't believe it's already December, and I'm really doing 2014 recaps. Where did the time go?!
|Snoopy at Rag&Bone on Elizabeth Street and Houston|
|Pink Panther in Bushwick|
|Mario in Bushwick. An oldie! You can really see here how his style has evolved over the last year.|
|"Homer's Inferno" in the Lower East Side.|
|Richie Rich at Rag & Bone|
|Charlie Brown, 6 stories high in the East Village.|
|"JerkAngelo" in Bushwick|
(He's currently painting over this one! Excited to see the new mural, but will totally miss this turtle.)
|Cookie Monster in Bushwick|
|Superman in Little Italy|
Which one is your all-time favorite? I just can't decide....
You can visit Jerkface's website for more (including his blog with more pictures & shop) at http://www.jerkfacenyc.com.
Until next time..stay warm my New Yorkers!