Sunday, December 09, 2012

Now Available:



Friday, October 26, 2012

New work I created for Modern HQ



"It's Never Too Early For A Cocktail"
16"X 24"

Here is a special piece that I created for the folks at Modern HQ. All of the elements are 3 dimensional and floating on different levels so it REALLY pops out at cha.
[…the background also glows in the dark…!!]

Friday, October 12, 2012

Available at the Twilight Zone tribute show opening this Saturday at the Harold Golen Gallery in Florida




 “Long Distance Call”
21 1/2” x 11 1/2”
available




“Stopover In A Quiet Town”
14 1/2” x 8 1/2”
sold
 This piece has since been sold. Here is a link to what is still available at the Harold Golen Gallery. 




The Harold Golen Gallery Presents:
NEXT STOP: "THE TWILIGHT ZONE" 
Curated by Harold Golen and El Gato Gomez
Each artist interprets top fav episodes from the original TV series. 

Starring:
KEN RUZIC, ROBERT JIMENEZ, THE CREEP, KATHRYN DILEGO, BRYAN ANTHONY MOORE, DOUG HORNE, DAVID K. ROSE, MARK THOMPSON, SCOTT SPEAR, JEFFERY LAMM, BRUCE YAGER, MICHELLE BICKFORD, JASON SNYDER, DAN SZCZEPANSKI with EL GATO GOMEZ


Opening Reception:
Saturday September 8th, 2012
6:00pm - 11:00pm
Show runs from:
September 8th - October 6th

Harold Golen Gallery
2294 NW 2nd Ave
Miami, Fl 33127
Wynwood Art District

Friday, October 05, 2012

Photos from the 2012 Tura Satana opening at the M Modern Gallery in Palm Springs



sold

…just now able to post… the show was really cool, filled with great art and super jam packed… Haji was there and as you can see in the top photo of her posing with a fan. [She is as gorgeous as ever] And as you can see in the bottom picture, there were some awesome limited edition Tura mugs that went like hot cakes.

That is all for now! Zipping away again to meet another art deadline… new art pictures of what I am working on TK…

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The Commission: "Double Aloha" install


Side shots of the special risers that suspend everything off of the wall gives the illusion that the whole piece is mysteriously floating in midair.


This special commission was for a private collector's beautiful Mid-Century-Modern showcase home in Palm Springs. A framed piece would have thrown off the whole balance of surrounding ceiling and wall angles, as well as it's surroundings. Much consideration was necessary to harmonize my piece within the space.













Now, I am beginning to work on new pieces for the M Modern Gallery for the upcoming 2013 Mid-Century Modernism week in Palm Springs, CA… so stay tuned…

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The Commission: Completed

"Double Aloha"
9.5" x 64"
Exotic Wenge Wood with Black & White Ebony highlights floating off the wall on custom standoffs

With a total of 10 sanding by hand [with the grain] between each layer of Crystalac and gloss Poloycrylic, my piece is finally complete. I quickly laied it out for a photo before heading out to the install. Here is a quick shot of the bottom, including the ebony signature piece:


Next: The Install

Thursday, September 13, 2012

The Commission: part 3

This is what the section pictured below looked like from the front, after hand sanding, pre- hand edge shaping, pore filling as well as staining the edges so the whole piece pops off the wall.


After 3 coats of Crystalac, it is now ready for multiple layers of Polycoat with more hand sanding between each layer. 

…who needs to go to the gym when you can just sand your way to shapeliness…


Next post: finished Polycoating and inner ebony highlights.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Commission: part 2 [still the view from the back]

Fully shaped. 


Next came the sealing in of the inner frame. But first I had to create the edges to retain the resin. The bolts are for making sure the riser openings are not filled. 


The end result. 


Tomorrow: The sneak peak view from the front.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The commission I am working on for a private collector.

A while back, I was approached to create a wonderfully large piece for a designated space in a beautiful Mid-Century Modern home. My design is shaped from exotic wenge wood with black & white ebony highlights. I have been working on this for the past 3 months. […so maybe you will understand why I am not on back on Facebook yet…] The area has very specific design requirements and needed to be free-form with no frame. When finished, it will be over 5 feet tall and only 9 1/2 inches wide and will float off the wall via a custom riser system as if hovering there by magic.

Here is beginning of my process, the starting with the back view.
Before any shaping of the actual design could take place, I had to have an inner metal skeleton water jetted in order to give the wood a core as well as inner strength.

Special holes were tapped in the metal to accommodate the custom riser system. I then routed an inner pocket into the back the piece so the metal frame could be flush fit.



I then epoxied the aluminum frame in place and clamped it down as it cured.Next: the shaping of the design. I will post new pictures all this week and wrap up with the final design when installed.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Tura Santana tribute piece for the M Modern Gallery

Inspired from the Russ Meyer's cult classic "Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!" It is 3 dimensional with glow-in-the-dark telephone lines and sun. I created the frame with a vintage black lacquer look in mind.
 "Splatter"
19" x 13"
sold
 "Splatter" has since been sold but you can find the one below, as well as a few others by clicking here. 
 I grew up watching old movies and TV shows and was thrilled when saw that Tura Satana Productions was putting on a tribute show at the M Modern Gallery in Palm Springs. Opening reception: Saturday, Sept 15th, 7:30pm to 10:30pm. 


 If you want to find out a little more about Tura's amazingly colorful life, here is a fantastic and insightful interview.


Here is the current list of the participating artists:
SHAG, JOHN MULDER, DAVE CALVER, ROD NORTH, HELEN MACFARLANE, NGAIO MACFARLANE, NICLOLE STEEN, EVA MOESENEDER, MARY BETH ACOSTA, FIONA MACFARLANE, KIRSTEN EASTHOPE, GREG REYES, ANDI GEE, MARTHA POWER, ANDREA SWEENEY, ANTHONY CARPENTER, SUSANNAH MOSHER, ELSTABO ART, ZOEY STEVENS, ARON GAGLIARDO, DARREN WONG, RICK MORRIS, JAKE DAVIS, MICHAEL BERMAN, GARILYN BRUNE, SARA RAY, MICHELLE BICKFORD, NANOO DES BOIS, ERICA HESSE, JANICE SORIANO, SCOTT ALCHER, RHOBBY, MICH O'CONNELL, THE PIZZ, DOUG HORNE, COLIN JOHNSON, GREG HERGERT, SANDI LANGMAN-FUTURE, NIKKI DYER, JOHANNAH O'DONNELL, TONY CAMPAGNA, LORD BUD DEEGAN, ADAM ANSELL, BOB WYNNE, ROBERT JIMENEZR, REX MUNGER, ALEX WALD, GEOFF GREENE, BIGTOE, GLENN L BARR, SUSANNAH MOSHER, RICHARD J FROST, ROXY B MONTOYA, MARIE MEIER, KEN STEIERT, CHRIS TIRRI, JULIE ZARATE, LIZ CARROLL, DAVID MCNELEY, GP WATSON, CHAD SCHERES, CHAD SCHERES, STEVE PARKER, HOLLY MARDIS, CHRIS TOPHER, CANDY WEIL, JIM OWENS, PAIGE PUMPHREY, DESIGN NURD DIEGO GOMEZ

Friday, September 07, 2012

Just shipped my creation for the Tura Satana Art Show Tribute in Palm Springs


"Splatter"
19" x 13"
sold
 
Click here to see what is still available





Opening Night: Saturday Sept 15th 2012
7:30pm-10:30pm

M Modern Gallery
2500 N. Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs CA 922

Friday, August 17, 2012

Sold


"City Drive at Sunset"
21 1/2" x 6 3/4"
Acrylic and Masonite with a reclaimed vintage frame.

Thursday, August 02, 2012

I am now on Facebook…!!


http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Art-Of-Michelle-Bickford/142324435830160




Saturday, May 12, 2012

Available at the Harold Golen Gallery
Show opening tonight!

13" x 20"
sold
[This has since been sold but here is a link to what is still available at the Harold Golen Gallery]



JET SET GLAMOUR
Opening Night: May 12th, 6pm -11pm
Show run through to June 2nd 2012


Harold Golen Gallery
2294 North West 2nd Ave.
Miami, Fl 33127
305-989-3359
Wynwood Art District

Artists:
Ken Bernstein
Mark George
Robert Jimenez
Michelle Bickford
El Gato Gomez
Miami Mike Hiscano

Sunday, April 22, 2012

What I created for The Harold Golen Gallery the premiered at the 2012 Hukilau



I created these pieces with a little magic. When the light hits all of these pieces just right, they twinkle softly with delicate glittery highlights. This creates the illusion that things are lit up which makes everything come to life just a little bit more.

[These have since been sold but here is a link to what is still available at the Harold Golen Gallery]

"Just Pulled Up To The Guest House"
13" x 5"
SOLD
 (The red and yellow in this piece glows under a dark light.)



"Cocktails At Midnight"
5 1/2" x 11 1/4"
SOLD



"Everything Tastes Better With A Cherry In It"
5 1/2" x 10 1/2"
SOLD



"Tiki Oasis"
13" x 6"
SOLD
 (The red and yellow in this piece glows under a dark light.)



"Hi-Fi House"
12" x 36"
SOLD

This last piece "Hi-Fi House", came from when I revisited my hometown with my super sis, the amazing Karen, in the town I grew up in. (Fullerton CA.) The library, that my mom took us kids really influenced my creativity to this day. Fullerton is full of undocumented architectural leaps and I hope that one of these days someone will be able to document their full collective creations. (The red and yellow in this piece also glows under a dark light.)

Thursday, April 12, 2012

The Harold Golen Gallery EXOTICA IN HI-FI Art Show opens this Saturday

…I have some new work debuting so stay tuned for pictures…!
Along with fellow artits: EL GATO GOMEZ, KIRSTEN EASTHOPE, N! SATTERFIELD, SAM GAMBINO, JOE VITALE, DONELLA VITALE, SUSANNAH MOSHER, KEN BERNSTEIN, JOHN KISSEE, MOOKIE, ROBERT JIMENEZ, BUNNY YEAGER, ANDREW KAUFMAN and Mr. HAROLD GOLEN himself!

Opening Night : Saturday, April 14th 2012, 6:00pm - 11:00pm
Admission: Free!
Harold Golen Gallery
2294 NW 2nd Ave
Miami, Fl 33127
Wynwood Art District
305-989-3359

Friday, March 23, 2012

Working hard on new art for the Harold Golen Gallery / Hukilau 2012


*You can see what is currently available by clicking here and here.