Archive for March, 2012

The Great Bennah

Posted in Uncategorized on March 27, 2012 by jonfineart

No, he’s not some Brooklyn hipster battle-rapper…he’s Benny Leonard, former lightweight boxing champion and the original Ghetto Wizard (when the L.E.S. was still a ghetto a not a hookah-bar hotspot). This portrait is a warm-up for, what I hope to be, a series of stories featuring Benny and second generation tenement life in New York. That is, if I can climb from beneath this pile of graphic work and find my drawing table again….it’s here somewhere.


Draper Gets Chucked

Posted in Uncategorized on March 25, 2012 by jonfineart

Hello internets.  I realize I’ve been away for sometime, but despair not…for new material is coming  your way!  Here’s something to whet your whistle whilst I whittle away at some new projects:

As a New Yorker, it’s been difficult to avoid the recent Mad Men advertising onslaught.  I guess this recent image is in response to the pervasiveness of Don Draper’s falling, flailing, featureless form plastered in every subway station on the island.  Why I translated Mr. Hamm’s of-an-era visage through the stylistic lens of the most-admirable Chuck Close (if you don’t know Chuck Close, go find out about him, he’s incredible!) I’m not entirely certain.  Does that ambiguity, intentional or not, qualify this as a mash-up?