The Live Paint logo started while I was working on a self-portrait painting in 1996 while in college. This painting referenced previous works I had done and included influences such as the artist Jeff Koons. The image of me was dripped while the canvas was flat on the ground, the way Jackson Pollock often did. Jackson Pollock's artwork and painting method influenced me and his so called action painting seemed so alive while the paint was wet. When the paint dried, it was dead and could not be changed. I had found a wet paint sign with the paint brush and bucket depicted and this got me thinking more about paint being alive and moving. I changed the word wet to live and then added the explosion/warning shape around it. Then I made a screen print of the image and added it to the painting in a tan color. Afterwards I changed the ink color to blue and made an edition of 20 on paper. Not long after I made a smaller image of it to print on shirts and then had stickers and a rubber stamp made. Most of the prints were left at different locations and only a few remain. Some shirts were given away and I would wear mine often and document myself wearing it in locations I found to be important, historical, or interesting.
Self-Portrait, 1996, oil, zerox transfer, and
silkscreen ink on canvas, 42 x 36 inches.
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