Free Paint is a series of free community painting events. 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 is reworked into new compositions by lead artist, Mat Tomezsko. The resulting artwork bears the mark of the community who made it, and are exhibited publicly and at art exhibitions.


Free Paint events were developed by artist Mat Tomezsko during a community-based artist residency at the Tacony LAB through the Mural Arts Philadelphia. They have taken place with the help of community partners such as The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation, the City of Philadelphia Parks Department, Blick, and the Golden Seconds program The final compositions are being exhibited at Cherry Street Pier and Wexler Gallery.

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 - present)

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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