I was contacted by the offices of Michaels Hsu Architecture about helping to create something iconic for 812 San Antonio St. Parking Garage which is owned by the Endeavor Real Estate Group. After meeting Jay Colombo of Michael Hsu Architecture and Chad Marsh of Endeavor onsite, I was more than happy see such a huge wall in front of me. Standing at 55ft tall x 130ft wide, this is by far the largest scale mural Estudio Bradlio has created to date. The only thing that the client had asked for was to design something that said "Austin." As often happens I had a dream about the design, but the difference this time was that I met the wandering musician in my dream the next night down on South Congress. I asked if he would be willing to model for me at my studio and we actually got a harness from REI and hoisted him up 12 ft in the air with his guitar. How Austin is that! With a few tweaks, we had the design for the wall all set and then we had to figure out how to paint it. Too large to project we had to go old school and use a grid system. Taking cues all the way from 'The Creation of Adam," to Catholic paintings of saints, to Japanese wood block prints, to Mayan style lettering; we managed to mash up this gorgeous piece of the eccentric Austin Culture. I call the piece 'Exalted.' I'm very lucky to have worked with my painting partner Saeka Keeley (@saekart) on this project. She is incredible to say the least. Her meticulous attention to detail is bar none and always takes everything she works on to the next level; with this project being no exception. The entire wall is painted with exterior house paint for the large areas and all of the detail work is painted with spray paint. Big thanks to Jay Colombo and Heather Sandlin of Michael Hsu Architecture for suggesting Estudio Bradlio on this project, to Chad Marsh of Endeavor for believing we could make it happen, the onsite building manager Dennis Roetman was a real pleasure to work with, TJ Wright from Sunbelt Rentals, George Carson of Exterior Performance Coatings, Claude Florent of Rain Guard and Mike Techow and his cohorts of Austin Process LLC for dealing with us taking over their parking lot for a month and a half. Much Love :)
I was contacted by my friends at the local Austin street art supply store sprATX to let me know that a company was looking for a local artist to create a campaign with. I met with a great team of individuals and got the gig. New Amsterdam Vodka chose seven main artists to represent their national #itsyourtown campaign. Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Miami, Denver, and Austin were the cities that they chose to focus on and I was chosen to represent Austin. I had to create seven original pieces as well as a mural that showcased what Austin means to me. Throughout the process, I was lucky enough to work with some of my best friends and super talented people. Thanks to Christin (Saeka) Atkinson, Benny Beyer, Kristin Freeman, Cameron Zion, and my Mom for all of your help.
Goodwill Mural - Student Lounge : conceptualized by BRADFORD MAXFIELD and created by Bradford Maxfield, Mike Johnston and Kristin Freeman
This was a mural that I created for the Sanders\Wingo Lounge in Austin,TX. Christin Atkinson helped me paint the branches.
We were tasked to create a bathroom experience for Ramen Tatsu-Ya in Austin, Tx. We worked with interior designer Chris McCray to create a juxtaposition between his clean interiors and the restroom space. I worked with Billy Jewkes, Tres Hoyt, Mike Johnston, Lucas Aoki, Heath Speakerman, and Dustin Touchton to create this.
I was tasked to create a 145 ft mural for Colorado Towers in downtown Austin,Tx. I decided to get a team together, our whole idea was to play off of the "Keep Austin Weird" Tagline. Since the owners of Colorado Towers are from California, They wanted to show respect to the Austin landscape. We decided to change the idea to "Keep Austin Fresh" while still owning part of what makes Austin real ... ART. The rest of the team include Lucas Aoki, Brian Maclaskey, The red headed Mike Johnston, and Brandon Mike