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...as those who really know me know, there is no real me...
Thank you for visiting Soma79.com. The art here spans over a decade of work, with new pieces being added regularly.
The first question I often get: where'd the name Soma79 come from? Long story short, Soma79 is not the name of a brand or a store, I am a real person... contact me here through the site with any questions or just to talk art.
For the past several years I have dedicated myself to creating new art every single day, which is why Soma79.com is overflowing with a wide variety of both original artwork and prints, including paintings, drawings, portraits and collages, as well as animal and travel photos from around the globe. I am also available for commissions, so please contact me directly with your ideas.
Over the years my artwork has taken many forms. I studied film at Boston University, and shortly thereafter served as associate producer of award winning short film "Across the Hall", directed by Alex Merkin and starring Adrian Grenier. I have also written several unproduced short and feature length screenplays.
Next, I spent several years producing hip-hop music. I released my debut solo album "Broadcasting from Channel 79" in 2010. Following that I co-founded the hip-hop group, Mic Monarchy, whose unreleased debut album "Breach" is still floating around somewhere.
As that came to an end around 2010 I starting picking up painting and drawing again, first with comic book characters and graffiti-inspired cartoonish figures, and then moving into creating larger abstract pieces. As I learned more I began adding in elements of collage and stencil work, in the process going through many roles of masking tape.
Around the end of 2014 I hit a stumbling block on a painting that I was creating. I had seen a photograph of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson holding a koala bear. Something about that image was very interesting to me, so I decided to capture it in a painting.
My idea was to first cover a large canvas in clippings from the New York Times. Once I laid down the newspaper and began to draw the image of The Rock and the koala over it, something went wrong: it sucked. I kept redrawing it, but it still didn't look like the Rock.
As 2014 drew to a close I started thinking about my New Year's Resolutions. Every year I try to make several, at least a few of which I stick with. With my Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson frustration fresh in my mind, I decided that in 2015 I would dedicate myself to drawing a full portrait in pencil every single day in that year (also known as a Project 365).
Here are some samples of the portraits I drew in 2015 on day 1 (drawing of random face), day 38 (Matt Damon), day 129 (Carrie Fisher), day 150 (John Goodman), day 207 (Helena Bonham Carter), day 250 (Alf) and day 326 (Eddie Vedder).
I learned a lot about time management and never missed a day. During that year I also illustrated my first published children's book and completed several new paintings, collages and commissioned pieces. I was also finally able to finish my Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and a koala bear piece, "The Rock and a Soft Place", which currently hangs in my living room.
This piece, as well as several of my Project 365 portraits, is available for purchase as a print on this site.
I continue to work on art every day and find new ways to challenge and express myself. Come back to visit www.soma79.com often to see what I'm working on now.
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