SELECT MURALS & INSTALLATIONS.
CLAREMONT COLLEGES, RIGGS APPLIED LIFE SCIENCES.
The Claremont Colleges are 7 uniquely different institutions nestled within a 546-acre neighborhood in the stunning foothills of eastern Los Angeles County. Each of these leading colleges and universities boasts distinct academic departments, research centers, institutes, cultural opportunities, and recreational and gathering spaces. In 2020-21, the Henry E. Riggs School of Applied Life Sciences established the Oasis Residential Space. Within this space, research scientists, trustees, life science industry pioneers, academics, alumni, and graduate students come together to educate, learn, and celebrate innovation.
The institution wanted to bring more life to campus, highlight the student body's energy for innovation, and strengthen its mission of enriching society with breakthrough approaches to education and translational research in the life sciences. Through a combination of art and science, we have done exactly that. As you will see in the photos featured above, the piece includes a range of vibrant colors, abstract scientific symbols, DNA helicases, blood platelets, nature designs from the local surrounding area, and many other hidden details highlighting the vivacity, scientific passions, and creative spirit of the 2021 graduating class. I’m proud to have been selected to craft a 10ft x 13ft custom one-of-a-kind indoor wall mural to celebrate the undeniable dynamic between art and science in the Oasis Residential space.
ONSITE MEDICAL WASTE TECHNOLOGIES, CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS.
This biotech art installation was for OnSite Waste Technologies, an innovative company revolutionizing the medical waste disposal industry. Their process converts medical waste (such as covid vaccines, diabetes products, glass vials, etc) into sterilized sustainably-friendly medical bricks for disposal. Each medical brick was photographed across many angles and then printed into custom 9"x3" stickers to resemble the real size and color scheme of each brick's natural form. These stickers were then overlayed in a systematic fashion, glossed, painted, and then protected with a light enamel. Depicted in the center is the company's 2021 slogan: "Right Here, Right Now." This work of art is located in OnSite's corporate headquarters based in Newport Beach, CA.
The name of this installation is “Koi Pond”. At a distance, the 60” x 60” installation resembles brightly colored fish swimming in a vast body of water. Up close, you will see intricate details including thousands of drugs and needles overlapping in the form of large custom stickers. 100% of proceeds of this art piece are donated to help fund groundbreaking cancer research grants and cancer patients during a time of profound need.
THE ACCENTURE / WEWORK DTLA EXPERIENCE & INNOVATION CENTER.
These days AM Studio is painting more than just canvas. In fact, we recently brought our unique perspective and energetic composition to the walls of Accenture / WeWork in their new state-of-the-art Innovation & Experience Center based in the Los Angeles Arts District. This AM Studio indoor sustainability mural (featured below) spans 12ft by 20ft. It also has three matching pillars that are 4ft x 20ft each and say "imagine", "create" and "innovate" with a similar modern and bright pattern.
The DTLA Arts District contemporary space embraces the creative and interactive ambiance that is shaping the growing downtown LA community. In the AM Studio Sustainability mural below, the pops of yellow reflect the bright California sunbeams and buzzing energy of morning commuters crossing the 405. Bright blues and turquoise lay a sturdy foundation for the movement of the vast ocean that cradles the Los Angeles community. Dark green leaves pop, alongside a combination of bright lines, playful dark blue water scribbles, nature textures, and other washes of bright color. The emotional interpretation of space in a visual language lets subtle nuances of overlooked moments in time take root. While the installations key focus is sustainability, the building's wide variety of visitors - from industry executives, to design thinking practitioners, to engineers - create their own interpretation of the space. Make sure to stop by Accenture Arts District to see it for yourself.
THE DEVELOPMENT HOUSE SILVER LAKE PROPERTY.
This expansive, 8 ft x 14ft outdoor mural was created for Development House, a prominent investment management company, in Silver Lake, California. The commissioned piece was inspired by the landscape and winding drives around the Silver Lake Reservoir and the hills surrounding it. Perhaps more than any other neighborhood of comparable size in Los Angeles, Silver Lake has some of the best examples of LA's diverse architectural styles and creative energy. This mural not only complements the creative surrounding area, but also compliments the contemporary style of the Silver Lake home, by providing additional layers of brightness, colors, boundless energy, and movement.
At the start of this project, Development House approached me with an open mind and creative spirit. They left room for true experimentation in determining the color scheme and destiny of their outdoor area. Together, we agreed on a leaf-inspired clean and modern rendering of the painting below, and then we took action immediately. Using a simple pencil line sketch on the wall, we drafted the idea and aimed for the mural to stand out from the landscape while maintaining a visual harmony with the surrounding space. I was drawn to Silver Lake's bright sunny baby blue early morning skies, which was calming against the expansive white modern property. I crafted the composition of the mural in similar tones, as a way to lift the audience's view upwards, connecting the wall to the sky and giving a feeling of weightlessness.
While I’ve spent hundreds of hours painting both small and large-scale murals, I still greatly enjoy finding myself developing new skills and talents with each custom one-of-a-kind project. This Silver Lake mural provided the opportunity to experiment with mix with new lilac pearl medium and develop art on aluminum material for the first time. Painting on aluminum piping - which has been camouflaged in the piece below - requires an extensive preparation with vinegar and primer. It was a blast transforming the black water pipe into a unique and beautiful work of art. I find that whatever lessons arise in each project, the final large-scale paintings always look effortless and natural, as though it came to life in one sweeping movement. In reality, this project came to life over the course of 4 days and a lot of love. We hope you enjoy this custom piece of art. For more information on the Development House and their gorgeous spaces, feel free to click the link above!