About The Painting:
Commencing upon the precipice of homelessness, “The Boy In The Box” follows the rigid geometric structuring of the “The Up-Side Of Down” and represents the perpetual quest for personal freedom and breaking outside of the box.
“Astranomelly” was the culminating piece of my artist residency in Downtown San Diego. During the months of April/May (2012) I spent 50 days painting on Broadway Avenue, generally averaging 10-12 hours per session and never taking a single day off. Basically living in the studio as I found myself on the precipice of homelessness, this climactic creation measures 6.5′ x 10′ and is representative of my collective experiences as “The Boy In The Box.” The culture shock of the residency experience made this both an artistic opportunity and a sociological experiment as I found myself imbued with the regionalism of this foreign community and was indoctrinated into their culture. The individuals that visited and shared their stories during my tenure in the box were all incorporated into the painting, their names inscribed in the underpainting that surrounds the iconic vortex (or black hole) that is simultaneously a symbol of the outward eyes looking in at me as I poured my soul into the canvas. The concept for “Astranomelly” came to me on a car ride home at 3:30am as I listened to the track “Battling the Sun” by local musician Astra Kelly. I had met Astra earlier that evening when she stopped in during a rare San Diego storm. The rest of the story I now leave with you.
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Original 78in x 120in: AVAILABLE (Pricing Upon Request)
Standard Canvas Features:
Gallery quality canvas print displays vibrant artwork that is built to last. Printed with HP Latex Inks that are fade resistant. Inks are water based and solvent free so rest assured there are no harsh chemicals in your home. Assembled with 3/4" thick wood frame and glued wood core stretcher bars.
All canvas prints are wrapped and shipped in fitted packaging
• Ready To Hang - Mounting hardware comes attached.
• Leveling Bumpers Included - For wall protection.
• Semi-Gloss Print - Increased vibrancy of artwork.
• Beveled Wood Stretch Bars - Make frame less noticeable on front of canvas.
• Industrial Strength Staples - Ensure a tight fit that is sure to last.
I've always loved your work and now it's even more accessible for supporters with a modest income such as myself. Afterpay made payment options so easy. This has always been my favorite painting. I love the timelapse and was blessed to see it in person once. So happy to have a small version of it for myself. The quality is amazing!
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I love the quality of this print. I really love the original but I wanted something smaller and also within my budget. It was great having size options to choose from. Free shipping and the 6 week payment plan also really helped right now while in quarantine with limited work. I needed something bright and hopeful to look at and now I have it. Thank you Michael!
Thank you so much for your support during this very difficult time.
I bought the Astranomelly Canvas and my only regret is I didn’t purchase the bigger size bc it’s absolutely stunning. The purchase and delivery process was easy, fast, and full of top notch customer service. I’m in love and can’t wait to hang it.
That really made my day and it feels great to hear that type of response. Thank you so much for your support. I really appreciate it.