At 23 feet high and 56 feet long, my new Mural at the Odessa Brown Children's Clinic in Seattle WA is my largest mural to date. The mural is installed in a stairwell with the intention of getting more kids to take the stairs. Read all about this mural here.
The Lil' Reaper Generative Art project combines coding with hand-drawn art to create a system capable of generating quadrillions of unique, one-of-a-kind images.
What is 'Generative Art'? Generative Art is when an artist creates art by automating, with algorithms, some of the decisions the artist would normally make during the creation process.
This project started as a thought experiment on how I might create some unique versions of my characteristic Lil' Reaper art in some automated way, without losing the integrity of my own style & vision. This thought experiment led me to hand-draw a modular set of art elements and write software code to combine these elements in unpredictable ways. I had so much fun developing the system, which can combine some combination of over a 100 different hand-drawn elements to produce QUADRILLIONS of images.
Some are being made available as physical prints through KickStarter. Others will be available as NFTs through OpenSea.
Each generated image varies in background patterns as well as a selection of supporting elements surrounding the Lil' Reaper. For example there may be pets (cat / dog / rabbit / 1-3 snakes), birds, bats, ghosts, spiders, skulls, and more.
Both the above images are composed from the same building blocks. The variations, however, are introduced by my computer code on the fly - I cannot predict how any particular image will turn out!
In addition my algorithms introduce subtle (or not-so-subtle) color variations on the fly. For example, look closely at the phones in this image:
Note that some of the color changes in each image are very subtle. For example, look closely at the 'message' colors in the phones these 3 Lil' Reapers are holding:
Or the colors in these coffee cups and skulls and snakes:
All prints and NFTs will be hand curated - i.e. I will run the system thousands of times, and carefully hand-select the images that will be used for prints or NFTs. For Prints, original files are deleted after printing ensuring there is no physical or digital duplicate of the file.
NFTs will be made available in collections themed by what the Lil' Reaper is holding - e.g. the Teddy Collection, the Phone Collection, the Balloon Collection, etc. For NFTs, look for ArtByVikram on OpenSea.
I am delighted to showcase my art publicly in my home city of Bellevue WA, this time on a utility box located in front of Highland Middle School. This particular installation features 10 images from my series AN UTTERANCE INEFFABLE.
Locals, check it out when you are driving by on Bel-Red Road, Bellevue WA.
A recently unveiled Utility Box Mural in Kent, WA featuring art from my Perplexed Penguins Oil Paintings.
Located at the intersection of SE 272nd St (Kent-Kangley Road) and 152nd Ave SE in Kent WA.
I spent 7 months in 2019 working on the a 'Spirit Animals' mural for Stevenson Elementary in Bellevue WA. Each of the 80 animals on this mural was designed by a kid.
Click here to read more about this project, see a making-of video, and look closer at all the creature art.
When life gives you TOILET PAPER PANIC .... make ... TOILET PAPER PANIC Art!
To commemorate the Great Toilet Paper Panic of 2020, I am making commemorative original art ON TOILET PAPER.
And let me assure you, drawing on TP is NOT EASY - the paper is soft, tears easily, moves under the pen, and absorbs the ink in unpredictable ways. I had to experiment to find the right pen and hand pressure to make this art happen. Here's a little video:
The original TP art is available in two, uhm, flavots - regular (1-PLY) and deluxe (2-PLY). Comes mounted on an acid-free board with text.
Clck here to order from my etsy store.
Available only while supplies last (i.e. until I run out of TP).
Not waterproof or archival. In case of emergency, you can still 'use' this artwork.
For my humorous poetry book releasing in March 2020, 'A Hatful of Dragons: And More Than 13.8 Billion Other Funny Poems', I have been working on various iterations of the covers for the last year. Here is the current finalist for the front:
And here are some variations for the back. I made several different ones so we could accommodate varying amounts of back-cover text (such as blurbs and reviews). We won't actually know how much space we need for the text till very late in the game, so making lots of variations gives the book designer flexibility:
As you can see there is a ton of work that goes into the making of a book that is invisible to the reader.
Many thanks to the City of Burien for installing a Utility Box Mural based on one of my paintings 'Contemplation, in Yellow' featuring a meditative self-reflective coffee-drinking elephant. I mean, why not? :)
This public art is located at the corner of 122nd and Ambaum in Burien WA.
I host a monthly exhibition of original art in my studio-gallery in Pioneer Square. The theme for October is Halloween and features my popular Lil' Reaper character (and friends). Come see lots of new paintings, including a giant 5'x5' Lil' Reaper painting that you can bid on:
Sometimes, just to exercise different muscles, I do a different genre of painting. Here are some Abstract Landscapes i recently completed, available from the Miner in Art Gallery in Roslyn, WA. These Sunset paintings are 'impressionist-expressionist' art. They are not renditions of actual sunsets, but more about how the sunsets feel, and about exploring color. Each painting is 12"x12" acrylic on wood and framed in a antique-gold frame.