My piano entitled “Cosmic Garden” draws upon my years of experience as a painter and my observations in my own garden. I grew up in an apartment building in Brooklyn, New York and outside my first floor window was a small patch of untended dirt. When I was about 8 years old, I started to dig in that patch of dirt and began planting seeds. From that small barren patch of dirt sprang forth a garden filled with flowers and vegetables. About that same time I was given some tubes of paint by my mother and I started painting on the cardboard inserts that used to come in men’s shirts. Gardening and painting have always been with me and I continue both to this day. My piano really is a culmination of these 2 passions which have informed much of my life since childhood. The paint is applied in an impasto style with the flowers taking on a dimensional, almost sculptural form. This is also a nod to one of the early influences on my art, watching Bob Ross’ “Joy of Painting” on PBS. It was Bob Ross’ use of a palette knife to paint that intrigued me and it has been an element in my paintings ever since. The lush silver background is there to contrast the vibrant flowers and living things that inhabit my piano. The dragonflies, hummingbirds and butterflies depicted on my piano are from photographs that I have taken in my Brooklyn backyard garden.

2023

Cosmic Garden

About the Artist

  • Christopher Spinelli

    Christopher Spinelli

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    Christopher Park

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