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Original Paul Rusconi Painting of Famous Pop-Culture Skateboarder, Paul Cardiel

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Very large, original digital screenprint on Plexiglas with nail polish on C-print, mounted to Sintra board painting of the famous hall of fame skateboard icon, John Joseph Cardiel (born December 14, 1973) by illustrious American contemporary artist, Paul Rusconi. The subject, John Joseph Cardiel, one of the top ten skateboarders in the world, is a former professional skateboarder and snowboarder who has been a core member of the Anti-Hero Skateboards company since 1995. Cardiel was inducted into the Skateboarding Hall of Fame in 2015 and was named Skater of the Year in 1992 by Thrasher Magazine. Rusconi's first solo exhibition, American Boarders, was at the Stellan Holm Gallery in New York, which featured the world’s top fourteen skateboarders. This painting was part of this exhibition in 2010. The artist, Paul Rusconi (born 1965), is a well known American contemporary artist who is currently living and working in Los Angeles. Born and raised in California, Paul Rusconi has and continues to investigate the portrait with his own photo-based images as well as found or sourced images from popular culture. Rusconi’s fascination of pop-culture and its huge and wide-reaching skate sub-culture made Rusconi focus on a group of portraits of today's 14 most influential skateboarders in the world, one being John Cardiel, the subject of the artwork currently being offered on 1stdibs. His work is a digital screening process often combined with nail polish, oil paint, engine enamel and monochromatic photography. The work is layered and framed. The shadow image on the monochromatic photographic is a simple projection through the Plexiglas. There is no image on the actual photograph until one is projected on it by the digital screen. His own photography is used for images that create a grey scale from blue, magenta, yellow and black. Up close all that is evident are colorful dots – and from about 12 feet away – those dots turn into a grey scale or what looks to be a black-and-white image. This notion came from the observation that a grey-scale could be created from color and therefore such a grey-scale could be broken down into color. Works by Rusconi are included in the collections of numerous private individuals and public art institutions, including The White House, The Carnegie Art Museum, The Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, the Interface Foundation, the Castilla Foundation, Madrid, and The International Contemporary Art Foundation, to name a few. Several of Paul Rusconi's works have made impressive sales at auction houses such as Heritage, Sotheby’s and Phillips de Pury. A similar skater work by Paul Rusconi, from the same skater series which this original work of art is part of, sold at Sotheby's for $71,000.00. Reverse of painting bears the artists metal plaque stating that the work of art is authentic, unique and an original. Painting is framed in a custom espresso finish wood frame and measures 68 1/2” H x 48” W x 3” D. Unframed painting measures 65 1/2” H x 45 1/2” W.

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