The Blurry Line

by jbyron

The fine art versus commercial art / illustrator versus artist debate is something i find very interesting. I’ve designed many works of art that were considered fine-art until purchased by a band for use on their album cover, now it’s commercial art… or vice versa where i’m commissioned to design something that doesn’t go the distance and i end up putting it on canvas which radically changes it’s perception.

The following is a perfect example of this – so i thought i would share:

piano girl

piano girl

I submitted this designed for a musician who was going to use it on shirts for her tour and merch – another design made the cut but i always loved the little piano-girl (as i affectionately call her).  So i decided to share her with the world in the form of a public stencil…

piano girl street

piano girl street

so now commercial art has changed simply due to the application, not the work itself – and then we  can take it one step further…

piano girl framed

piano girl framed

I put the design on some found wood that i left virtually untouched besides varnishing it – i felt the rawness of the design needed a fairly ornate frame, gold nonetheless, to offset the “street” nature of the piece. I put it in a local gallery where it sold after a couple of weeks.

Commercial – Street – Gallery… perception will be the downfall of mankind – mark my words.

I think way too much of myself.

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