I wrote a blog a few months ago on an art exhibition in DUMBO I had participated in entitled 60: The Collective. I contributed one 12×12 painting, a parody on the attention street artist Banksy was receiving during his New York City residency.
It featured original bad boy graffiti artist Bart Simpson, red-handed, spray-painting (or maybe covering up?) the famed Banksy name that has now become his logo.
I was happy to see the painting sell before the show opened, and hadn’t thought much of the piece, one of a few Simpsons tributes I had painted, until one day the offer came to exhibit an entire series. I enthusiastically agreed and painted 5 new pieces, featuring memorable characters from the Simpsons in moments of social satire.
From Maggie Simpson hanging on a wrecking ball, to Homer drooling over a cronut, the series is on display now, at retail venue “PIQ” formerly occupied by Pylones, located in Grand Central Terminal. Hurry though—one piece has already sold before I had to chance to write this blog, not that I am complaining. You will also see larger works from my social media series on display, one larger painting, entitled “Brooklyn’s Finest” a pop art piece featuring the late rapper Biggie, complete with gold leafed crown, sold just a few days ago.
The store is hard to miss, large glass enclosures hold brightly colored designer vinyl toys by Kid Robot, sculptures by Jason Freeny, Frank Kozic, Robin Vanvaleknburgh, Jeremi Rimel and the Gao Brothers. Though some pieces run into the $1,000’s, there are many affordable books, toys, and gifts to pick up on your way to work/home/Grandma’s. I am proud to be the first New York City artist to have work featured alongside these celebrated artists from around the globe. I couldn’t ask for a more central gallery space than Grand Central Terminal, and the 70,000 people who walk by my paintings each day.
Check out the collection online at www.piqproducts.com/collections/amanda-de-souza