dark artwork. People want art that makes them happy! We love the “Time Out” chairs. What’s the story behind them? I grew up in time out. I think that’s where all my imagination started because I was in trouble all the time. When my friends’ kids come in, I’ll tell them, “You need to go to time out to think about how fabulous you are!” Time out doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Maybe I’m going to time out with a bottle of champagne and a block of cheese!
“Time out doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Maybe i’m going to time out with a bottle of champagne and a block of cheese!”
You have a killer sense of humor. I feel like that’s what clients love about my work. I was just down at Art Basel in Miami and everyone’s doing this serious political artwork representing the American economic crisis. Then I have a painting of an Amex card that says, “Take your pills and pay your bills.” I mean, when you get home from work, you don’t want to contemplate
You’ve painted for the likes of Blake Lively and Salma Hayek. Can you tell us a little about that experience? It’s an honor that these hardworking women spend their money on my artwork and hang it in their homes so they can see it every day. Blake came in while she was filming Green Lantern and fell in love with an Audrey Hepburn chair that I’d done. When she came back with her mom, the chair had sold so we did a commission of the chair and she bought a painting called Audrey in Space. And I actually taught Salma painting lessons! No way! That’s a story you’ll be telling your grandchildren someday. Salma walked in and said, “I matchbook
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