Houston, Texas Commission Completed for 5444 Westheimer

5444 for Web

The 96″ x 60″ commission for 5444 Westheimer is complete and will be featured, along with 5 other pieces of mine in the lobby of this beautiful building ( located to far left in image )

My goals in creating this piece were to make the 5444 building prominent, include many of the significant buildings that define the area, and include the Galleria and some of its merchants. I brought in the flavor of the Westheimer/Galleria area by including the large silver rings that are installed over major intersections, the silver arches over some of the streets, some of the unique silver light poles, and the concrete balls that are on many corners.  These landmarks make for the area’s highly original signature. The open space intentionally left in front of the cityscape also reflects the open feel of the Westheimer/Galleria area. Click Here for Full Image Description.

 

Ryan Companies Commission Complete

The 72″ x 144″ Ryan Cityscape is finished and on its way to Tampa to be installed.  The 12 foot wide piece is filled with Ryan’s history, mission, projects and all things relevant to the corporation.  Read full details below.

Ryan for Alison 6.5 x 3.5 full image

My cityscapes are normally intended to convey the energy of cities.  In this case however, I see them conveying the energy of a city and of a corporation.  Convey the energy of cities, the movement, color, sometimes chaos, but all within a framework.  In this case, using Ryan s history, etc I think it also conveys the energy of a company with their involvement in so many projects around the world. Click Here to See Full Details of the Ryan Commission

 

The Juggler : A View of Contemporary Life

Juggler for WEBSITE

I continue to be drawn to a Juggler as an image, this being my third version.  This is not a conscious decision, at least to begin with, but I find that there is no better image to symbolize our contemporary lifestyle as someone with so much “in the air”.

In this piece, from left to right, he is juggling career or upward mobility, relationship, nation/news/politics, home, time, religion/spirituality and money.  He has more balls stacked on the ground beside him to add to the group he is juggling or to replace some should they be dropped or should he let something go.

Below the waiting stack is a partial obscured concept I encountered and photographed stenciled on a bathroom wall.  It says Free Yourself from Worry, Live Simply, Give More, Expect Less.

In the background is both English and Chinese versions of text from the Book of Five Fold Happiness, which is an exploration of happiness in relationships, prosperity, longevity, ( and two others I cant think of )

On his tie is images of computers, phones, tablets and other modern day work and communication devices.

Finally, he is standing in a circle which may suggest a mandala, an ancient symbol that suggests that we create the world we live in.  Surrounding this is writing from the Jungian Psychologist, James Hollis