Earlier this month I completed a work to go in a group show at Gallery Twenty-Two. They were calling for local artists to submit their skate deck designs for the August show “Let the Good Times Roll.”
I had never created art on a skate deck before but surprisingly I had two ideas that came to mind immediately. Unfortunately time got away from me and I only could create one final work. At least I was smart enough to do the simplest one, “Vertical Katz.” My gut was telling me this was going to be a good one.
The design is a takeoff from my “Angry Kitty” piece that I did last year, but this time I decided to do two cats on opposing sides so that they would span the length of the board. Before that I read up a little bit about painting on wood and also received some feedback from other artists on how to approach the project.
I spray-painted the background in red using spray paint with a primer. Then the following day I stenciled both cats using paint markers. The black turned out pretty nice but the white for some reason was a little tougher to apply. The red bled through the white and I had to keep reapplying the paint so that the white cat wouldn’t turn pink.
Overall it turned out well and I felt it was a strong design. And, of course I wired it for hanging and brought it in to the gallery at the 11th hour.
On a happy note, “Vertical Katz” sold, after being up less than a week!
Overall the show is pretty impressive and is definitely worth seeing. It’s amazing to view the caliber of work submitted by these local artists.There are so many skate deck designs that I keep finding something new every time I go to Twenty-Two for figure drawing.
The show is up until September 5 so I highly recommend coming out to see it. . A portion of the proceeds goes towards a skate park project.
Gallery Twenty-Two is located on 1500 Central Ave, Charlotte, NC, in Plaza-Midwood.