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Autor: KaM©

~ 08/10/17

The biggest Halloween extravaganza you ever want to attend in your life!
Never mind the thousands of comic book action adventure super hero & villian fans that you have to navigate your way through, this convention now extends itself way beyond the glass cube of the Jacob Javitz exposition center.

The protocol for obtaining an access pass is quite extensive for a good number of reasons and I have no problems with the rules! It’s well worth it.

Now the adventure began with locating where the vendors were located that I wanted to check out as to save some wear and tear on my body. This I thought would be easier than what really happened.

But I was pleasantly surprised while walking through to see the Chicago based artist Hebru Brantley towering over most of the crowd looking at some displays.

Then it was time to find a very important artist that I met during the old Pop Shop Days named Andre Charles who I haven’t seen since I bumped into him in New York some time in the early nineteenth nineties.

New York ComicCon 2017 Artists Hebru Brantley and Karey Maurice.l

New York Comic Con 2017 Artists A. Charles and Karey Maurice

Autor: KaM©

~ 18/09/17

Kara Walker the fly on the wall. @ Sikkema Jenkins& Co. New York

I’m always curious about what drives artists and the galleries that represent their work?
This article published about Kara Walker’s latest exhibition now on view at Sikkema Jenkins & Co. emblazoned on the front cover of probably one of the last printed editions of the VILLAGE VOICE reminds me of another cover published in the mid 1980’s.
The cover illustration was a painting by the late Jean Michel Basquiat depicting a human skull,done in his signature oil stick & acrylic paint.
I don’t remember the complete essay written by Greg Tate but I sure remember the title: “The Flyboy in Buttermilk”
Which totally implied the fact that the art business had singled out a particular African American artist who like Kara Walker addresses the lack of inclusion and expresses an urgency to the racial injustice not only in politics but simple dollars & cents money making.

Because of a pre exhibition Press release statement published by Kara Walker which prepared the audience for an experience I had to follow suit and see this exhibition for myself.
My take on the whole show was that it was well planned out in terms of the feeling you got when you walked into the gallery space. I arrived during the last forty five minutes and it was mobbed with all kinds of people from all walks of ethnicity and economic backgrounds.
The heat you felt from the full capacity crowd in my opinion was not only from body heat but a strategic plan to turn the heat on and serve no refreshments so you felt the real South and oppressive conditions the artwork demanded. (It worked for me.)

U.S.A. Idioms ©2017 Kara Walker


I loved what I saw in terms of attendance which is really interesting if you consider what was being viewed and what would this show actually does to the consciousness of all the people who interact with the paintings.
My hope is that the success of the show will open doors for other artists and really bridge some gaps in the business of commodifying cultural expression from all walks of life.

Autor: KaM©

~ 13/08/17

“Serendipity (6)” series ©2017 Red Balloon Studio

Taking a direct page from Andrew Warhola and bringing back the famous ‘blotted line’ that made him famous on Madison Avenue in the mid nineteen fifties.
And to add to that it didn’t hurt to take a trip to Serendipity III this summer to experience what he probably did a hundred times.
I loved the place so much that it inspired me to create these paintings specifically for Mr. Stephen Bruce’s approval the next time I visit which will be around or close to my birthday this September.
I was playing around with the idea of Automatism and the proverbial “Happy accident” which touches on what the Dada movement was based upon originally until artists like Salvador Dali reinterpreted it for his own gain.
So the spray can of paint has to be near empty to achieve the effect I stumbled across while figuring these works of art out?

Autor: KaM©

~ 30/07/17

Lévy Gorvy Gallery ‘Summer Block Party’ 2017.

East 57th Street & Madison Avenue New York City.

Nothing like New York City when your focused on what you want to acquire for your life & lifestyle.
I enjoy being there so much that each time I visit; I dream of finding the perfect home for my artworks and possibly myself?

Lately I’ve been skipping the Meat Packing District & Chelsea areas for the Upper East Side which I really enjoy! Some streets were made for walking and Madison Avenue is one of those streets that I feel right at home.

I remember the days when I had a membership to the Whitney and traveled this familiar route to the museum and hang out there for whatever reason?
Now that I have gotten strong enough to visit I make sure the trip is well worth the struggle I endure to have a good time while searching for new opportunities.

Autor: KaM©

~ 28/06/17

DoOver Specialist Vikki Watt and artist Karey Maurice @ Opera Gallery NYC.


While strolling to the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Breuer building location formerly known as the Whitney Museum on Madison Avenue several months ago. I walked passed an art gallery that was displaying an early Keith Haring painting that caught my attention.
I thought to myself maybe? Maybe I could walk in and talk to someone there about my personal connection with Keith and hope for the best?
Well three months later I got an invitation to a fantastic opening reception for the artist exhibition of Bernard Buffett paintings. So I call up my partner in crime Vikki Watt and we go to explore the amazing collection this gallery has to offer.
To my surprise they rotate there artists and mix the exhibitions by peppering in a few highlights. For example this Keith Haring painting behind us is a good example of the diverse collection Opera Gallery has in their inventory because we were actually there for a Botero and Sequi exhibition that was just breathtaking.
I wish I could have signed a purchase order the minute I saw a couple of pieces on display.

Autor: KaM©

~ 17/06/17

Homage to Jean Michel BASQUIAT. By Karey Maurice aka KaM© 2017

I wanted to initially write an artsy article relating to this years Whitney Biennial and it’s controversial subject surrounding the ‘Black Lives Matter’ theme. But I allowed time to pass and see if there would be any action after outrage over the whole thing?

I basically choose to start creating something based on what I read because I knew I would not be able to see the exhibition in person. It was just a jump off point then the auction happened and I kept getting tagged on my #Facebook page about the record sale of my contemporary artist doppelgänger #JeanMichelBasquiat who he and my friend #KeithHaring continue to either inspire or haunt me at times because of the close relationships.I guess #BlackLivesMatter has been proven or at least the auction sale readdresses the question of representation and value?

Autor: KaM©

~ 07/05/17

Customized 8″ inch Kidrobot Dunnys by KaM© 2017


During the winter months I like to stay inside and work on projects that take some time to complete.

I move into a sculptor frame of mind and work on my favorite kind of 3D canvas called a Dunny platform designed by Tristan Eaton for the super hip designer toy company Kidrobot.

I use polymer clay and some modeling paste to create some of the personal characters that seem to create themselves because there is no preliminary skectches or drawing.

I leave them out for a while until an idea hits me then I begin to execute what it is I see in my minds eye.

Autor: KaM©

Just three days ago was the artist Keith Haring’s (59th) Birthday.
My blog post is to simply keep his memory fresh and alive! Many people have claimed to be influenced by him and many more have benefited from making such claims while they in broad daylight paint their version of ‘Street Art’ for the world to see.

That’s cool if you can get away with it and not get arrested.
Even Keith knew the job at hand was a risk so he made sure to have someone with him photographer Tseng Kwon Chi to document just about all of his activities and use the (one) arrest as a marketing tool to finally be Identified as the chalk using graffiti artist whose humanoid figures touched everyone who encountered them.

Keith Haring + KaM© customized Smurf character.

Autor: KaM©

~ 29/03/17

Home of the honest artist.

9/11 video @Red Balloon Studio
The producer of this video exposé just posted this to my Facebook page a few days ago. I am so grateful for this footage to now be viewed by the entire world.It illustrates the power I posses to predict certain events when I gather information through the media.

This creation no longer exists in its original state but I am so grateful that this film was created to preserve one of the greatest works of art I’ve ever produced.

Autor: KaM©

~ 25/02/17

Artist’s Phillip Pearlstein and painter Karey Maurice Counts.

Artist Karey Maurice with photographer Jon Naar.

When I started out dreaming about becoming an artist and being impressed upon by just about anything [successful] I thought was relative to the vision I had in mind.
There were a number things that influenced me outside the realm of painting and drawing but within it, I was drawn to the figure as form like most art students.

I had an Instructor whose paintings were a dead ringer for the school of Phillip Pearlstein (seated behind me.) which is a hyper realism rendered from photographs as I learned later in a gallery discussion last week from the man himself who is in his 90’s. The only difference between the two is this particular instructor worked from live models and a more reductive color palatte.

I would be a fool to ignore or not mention the influence of Hip Hop and Graffiti again with it’s focus on the body and identity but in a slightly different way.This urgent more impulsive art form is more physical in a real time sense. Not staged in a room or professional studio painted in sessions over a long period of time.

The man shown here in the second picture is Jon Naar also in his 90’s who happened to photograph these young artists in the mid to late 1970’s and give a face to the public art that was popping up everywhere on walls and also being done on subway trains in New York.

All three men have studied the human figure and what it is capable of under many different physical conditions capturing the moment just long enough to leave an impression on us.

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