In March 2015, I was commissioned to paint a work of art inspired by L’Aiglon (The Eaglet), an opera in five acts, set to Alexandrine verse by Edmond Rostand. The Opera paints a picture of Napoleon’s son, Napoléon François Charles Joseph Bonaparte, who was at birth proclaimed King of Rome. While he sought to free himself from the shadow of his illustrious father, he ended up simply following in his father’s footsteps.
I was asked to execute my portrait of Napoleon II in real time at the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal (OSM) before and during intermissions of the March 17th, 19th and 21st concerts.
In addition, under the direction of the marketing firm LNDMRK, Montreal video production company BLVD streamed a video of me painting in the lobby onto the outside of the street facades of the Kennedy Pavilion of UQAM and the Maisonneuve Theatre located in Montreal’s entertainment district. Thousands of intrigued, street spectators watched me as I worked in the Theatre lobby and as conductor Kent Nagano led the world-class musicians of the OSM in concert.
I also had the pleasure of meeting Kent George Nagano who is an American conductor and opera administrator. He has been the music director of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra since 2006 and is general music director of the Hamburg State Opera since 2015 through 2020. Photos are by Koralie Woodward.
Please visit my Press Room for 2 videos of this event!
I am a member of En Masse, a Montreal-based, multi-artist collaborative drawing project.
En Masse, currently under the direction of Botkin and Rupert Bottenberg, was started in 2009 and has worked with over 250 international artists. It draws life from the many creative individuals who take part in the projects that create large-scale, highly spontaneous drawings in black and white. EN MASSE explores the creation of a collective vision; works created together that are greater than any one person could create alone.
I participated in numerous projects with other En Masse artists – Chuchai; Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Michel de la Cheneliere Studio; Excalibur, Fima; The Salon Masse group exhibition at Galerie Pangée in Montreal; Studio 301; Surface Jalouse; Miami Scope and Fountain Art Fair and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Big Bang exhibit.
In December 2011, En Masse was invited to participate in the Miami Scope and Fountain Art Fair. Since 1970, Art Basel’s three fairs – in Basel, Hong Kong and Miami Beach – rank as the premier shows of their kind, presenting 20th and 21st century art with a strong curatorial perspective. Their reputation for showing high quality work has attracted leading international galleries and collectors, offering visitors the most important art from around the world.
In 2012, En Masse was again in Miami and completed the large monochromatic wall (pictured below) in the Wynwood Arts District.
Please see more En Masse pictures and videos by visiting my Street-Art Gallery.