Thursday, September 24, 2015

Commissioned Artwork: Venice Gondolas

I had an awesome opportunity to work on a commission piece for a client, JD from Florida.
He reached out to me because he purchased a gift a while back for his wife's anniversary and it was an artwork from a Collab i did with CB2, "One of a find" in 2013. 
He wanted to see if i can do more reproductions, but since it was a limited edition run and sold out i gave him the option of doing a commissioned piece instead. I normally don't do random commissions, but i am glad i did- it's nice to know that there's a part of you that they want to share in their personal space, a perspective they can enjoy on the daily and if an artwork can add to the warmth which they already have in their own home- i am for it.
His wife had photos from their vacation in Venice, a gondola gateway which seem very 
fitting since the piece they have in their home from CB2- is a urban landscape/skyline of
New York.

We decided on a image, got to work, made art & i'm
   really stoked how it turned out. 

Much thanks to the Hallam Family!!!
Venice Gondolas 2015


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Durden and Ray @ Norte Maar Apartment Galleries during Exchange Rates

Exchange Rates is the first collaboration between existing artist-run and emerging galleries in Bushwick, Brooklyn, and Sluice, the London-based art initiative for artist-run projects from across the UK and Europe- “some exhibits will be integrated, some collaborative yet autonomous, some even spontaneous or virtual. The rates of exchange, as such, will fluctuate, while the currencies of exchange—ideas and culture—remain fixed.”

 @ Norte Maar an exhibition for Exchange Rates: An International Exposition
Oct 23-26, 2014  12-6pm

I am happy to announce to be displaying artwork for this awesome development and would like to thank fellow Artist&Curator, David French who is curating this show along with other D&R Artist, "The Great Wrong Place".

Here's the link of Galleries and Artist-run Galleries involved.[UNIQID

Stylish Catalog of Durden&Ray Artist

This is the artwork i will be displaying during Exchange Rates- Hardees FlashMobb 2013

Wednesday, September 18, 2013


Install of Landmark IV: Manila Giclee in the US Embassy - Philippines

Castelli's Art Framing Shop
The Goldstein's Father & Daughter

Mario does an awesome job!!!


signing out

 off too Sacramento - DC and to the US Embassy in the Philippines

 I had to chance to meet the owners who run this cool operation on 6056 W Jefferson Blvd.
I am really happy with the results and the time they got the project done- really clean and smooth.
I was told, Mario one of the fabricators does an awesome job and he is indeed rad!!! I am really grateful and proud to have a piece residing at the US Embassy in the Philippines. Along the collection of Artist included are Leo Valledor, Carlos Villa and Ted Lincoln - people whom I admire and respect. Carlos Villa has been to me; a great Mentor, friend and many ways like a father to me. If he was alive today he would probably give me a warm smile and offer to get some breakfast at some divey filipino joint... and afterwards chuck a laugh. Carlos this one is for you. I miss you dearly and Love you!!!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Jayaratne Boy's Portrait

Jayaratne Boy's Portrait install

I did a commission piece for Jith & Ino Jayaratne, a beading portrait of their two young boys. I was really impressed with their set up. Their home decor was fabulous. Modern, Minimal and hits of colored art objects which really lit up the place. There were a few empty walls which Jith mentioned that he and his wife was looking at art to fill them. I am thankful and honored to be one the artist to have artwork reside in their lovely home. Big THANKS to the Jayaratne family for making this happen!!!

Jith and i placing the piece on the mantel.
Jayaratne Boy's - Francis and Alex

Monday, June 24, 2013


I was fortunate to get my ink done by Em Scott @ Under The Gun Tattoo, she was very precise and the artwork was tedious and detailed. The artwork is the furrowed brow of David -Michaelangelo's masterpiece sculpture and portrayal of not a triumphant victor, but as a thinking, resolute being-- the preconditions  for victory. Halftones make up the picture. 4 and 1/2 hours later, i was really stoked of the outcome. i am really thankful she was able to actualized the concept and artwork. Thnxs Em for being awesome at what you do !!!


I was very excited and really honored to this Collaborations with CB2. It was announced to be out in the stores and sold on May 31st. two sets of 75 of 75, a total of 150 pcs. I was totally surprised of the response which was amazing!!! It SOLD OUT in the first day. I want to thank CB2 for doing an amazing job getting it out to public and at the same-time exposing my art process the public. I am mega thankful not only to CB2 ,but for the support of Friends and Family who was also involved in this project, without them I would of not made this possible. Thnxs everyone!!!

Friday, February 8, 2013


in the process of drilling 5625 holes in this piece of aluminum

4" pegs



FIRST PEG... 5624 TO GO...


I am working with a buddy of mine whom i went to school with back in the days of grad school. Jeremy is helping 

me fabricate a Bead Machine. Using the general template and techniques of fusing beads together we created a

a machined jig that will allow me to work with multiple stacked layers of fusion beads

  on the same image in a proficient and timely manner. 

Basically a peg board with longer pegs and more work space to create reproductions.

Jeremy has been so kind to document the making of this process, The Bead Machine in the makingSo far  

things are coming along smoothly.

I would like to share this with you and give a shout out to his shop out in Humboldt County for an awesome job. His shop is called WoodLab Design and the link to their Facebook: