Free Paint (2019 - Present)

Free Paint is a series of free community painting events in public spaces. Participants are invited to paint freely and learn about color relationships and mark-making while creating a large-scale collaborative painting. 

 

The material produced during Free Paint events is re-worked into new compositions by lead artist, Mat Tomezsko. The resulting artwork is entirely collaborative and bears the mark of the community who made it. When the final compositions are publicly exhibited, all participants are credited on the wall label. 

 

Designed to be as accessible as possible, everyone is welcome to participate. No prior knowledge or experience is necessary. By using methods and materials that are entirely familiar and readily at the fingertips of participants, the work is intended to democratize art, empower, and remove barriers to understanding and appreciation. 

Space Pad Project (2020)

Temporary floor vinyl set at six foot intervals encouraging safe distancing in response to COVID-19 pandemic. A set of 15 designs, featuring a mix of instructional messaging, inspirational affirmations, and abstract imagery. Installed in pharmacies, grocery stores, and public service facilities citywide. Sponsored by the City of Philadelphia and Mural Arts. 

Flowering Axes

Flowering Axes (2018)

Flowering Axes is a mural in the 5th Street Vehicular Tunnel, which runs below the Ben Franklin Bridge in Old City, Philadelphia. The project is a collaboration with the Delaware River Port Authority and Mural Arts Philadelphia. 

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Symbols and Sources (2017)

Symbols and Sources is a series of 45 street banners installed along Torresdale Avenue in Tacony in Northeast Philadelphia. The banners were developed from paintings created during a 12-week civic-improvement focused artist residency that involved community engagement and outreach at the Tacony Library and Arts Building (LAB).

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14 Movements

14 Movements: A Symphony in Color and Words (2016)

14 Movements is a multi-disciplinary temporary public artwork installed along the South Broad Street Median for the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Synthesizing elements of visual art, music, and literature,14 Movements reflects the vibrant and interconnected arts community central to the culture of Philadelphia.

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14 Movements: A Symphony in Color and Words (2016)

14 Movements is a multi-disciplinary temporary public artwork installed along the South Broad Street Median for the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Synthesizing elements of visual art, music, and literature,14 Movements reflects the vibrant and interconnected arts community central to the culture of Philadelphia.

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The Near Future

The Near Future (2014)

 

Temporary painting installation at the Spruce Street Harbor Park. Collaboration with Delaware River Waterfront Corporation, Art in the Open, and InLiquid. 

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Look Long And Look Good

Look Long and Look Good (2011)

Created in 2011, Look Long and Look Good is a series of 30 paintings surveying the history and people of Manayunk. The finely rendered portraits are reminiscent of oil paintings, but are installed on the exterior of residences and businesses throughout the neighborhood. It is currently on view along Main Street in Manayunk, Philadelphia.  

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There Is No

There Is No (2013)

A series of over 100 paintings developed during a teaching residency addressing urban violence at the Covenant House in Kensington through the Mural Arts Program. The project was included in the Juvenile In Justice exhibition with the work of Roberto Lugo and Richard Ross at the Crane Arts in 2013. The exhibition was curated by Julien Robson and Rachel Zimmerman, with active programming organized by InLiquid and the Juvenile Law Center. 

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