Style1½ inches thick (3.75 cm) Product Details Artist grade canvas, archival inks, wooden stretcher bars, and UVB protective coating
AvailablityUsually ships within five business days. ArtistJohn Armato Pro Member CollectionMusic
Description This print is inspired by a kind of wood veneer wall art that was popular during the 1950s and 60s. Artists would cut exaggerated shapes from different hues and grains of wood veneer and assemble them in a sort of basic marquetry (similar to mosaic). The pieces were mounted, usually on textured or natural backgrounds such as canvas, linen or fiberboard. The finished art was framed simply, usually without mats or glass. Subject matter reflected mid-century modern motifs such as exotic peoples, musical instruments, animals, ships and cityscapes. While one-of-a-kind, hand-made original art made in this fashion was popular (and indeed was created by the artists father and hung in his home), printed reproductions were popular as well. (The mass-produced prints of Robert Lyons particularly his depiction of a Siamese cat are collected among mid-century modern fans to this day.)John Armato, a jazz drummer and mid-century modern enthusiast, is a creative strategist at an international communications agency who draws upon his early career roots in graphic design to create art inspired by those works. Using high-resolution scans of various wood surfaces, Armato draws his images on-screen, creating a sort of digital marquetry. Classic Drums uses the elongated forms, minimalist composition, loose perspective, and overlapping and transparent shapes that are characteristic of mid-century art. The subject matter is close to Armatos heart and is rendered to reflect the Spartan feel of the jazz drummers tools. The elongated cymbal stand is both a graphic device of Modern art and a whimsical allusion to the wildly varying preferences (and debates) among drummers as to the best cymbal height.Classic Drums was created as part of a diptych including Sticks and Snare but each print is available separately as well.
John Armato, Sacramento Member Since December 2010 Artist Statement John Armato is a creative strategist and senior partner in one of the world's largest public relations firm. He's also a jazz drummer, writer, and graphic designer.
He focuses on "Midcentury-Minded Digital Marquetry," using high resolution scans of wood grains to create images that are reminiscent of the popular DIY veneer wall art common in the Midcentury Modern era.
In addition to midcentury modern architecture, art and design, Armato is heavily influenced by his parents' artistic pursuits. His father is a accomplished watercolorist whose paintings hang in private collections around the country and sell in galleries in Kansas City, Missouri. His mother is a talented interior designer.