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Original: Acrylic, Pencil, Ballpoint Pen, and Paint Pen on Canvas
Summer 2005

Collaboration number one with Travis for his 2006/07 Lib Tech line

This painting marks the start of my friendship with Travis Rice. I was living in Echo Park, California, which at the time was basically East L.A. Travis came to hang out with me in the ghetto so we could collaborate on an art piece for his 2006/07 pro-model board graphic. He had an idea for a balance-and-conflict theme, gave me pretty simple verbal guidelines to use as a starting point, and let me spin off on my own from there.

I spent weeks compiling ideas for images, trying to figure out ways to put them all together in a visual storytelling motif. It took more than three months for me to balance these images in a way that I felt told the right story for the theme. I painted and repainted the same canvas more times than I can count, covering old ideas with new ones until I got to what became the final piece.

This is my favorite work that I have ever created. The original lives in Travis' house now and is the centerpiece of his art collection.

Blessings & Confrontations at the Circus Contradiction

Mike Parillo

13" x 17"
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about the artist

Mike Parillo

Oahu, Hawaii

Mike Parillo, co-founder of Asymbol and perpetual creator, is one of the most enduring artists in our community. Self-taught and fluent in a myriad of mediums, Parillo bends, shapes and re-imagines the possibilities of art and it’s place in the world. He works relentlessly at balancing life with art, a mission that has taken him to many locations, mentally, artistically and geographically. Mike resides on the north shore of Oahu, where he shapes surf boards and wakes up happy every day.

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