Category: acrylics

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“Reflection, Rebuilding, Redemption, And Rebirth Of The Repentant” reflects upon and highlights the only person boxing you in and holding you down in life. It’s you. You are the only person that can change your life and it’s not always a one time thing. Sometimes you have to pick yourself up again, and again, and again. 

It all begins with a conversation with yourself. You have to be honest with who you really are, where you really are, and why you’re really there. It’s nobody else’s fault. This is on you. You must then forgive everyone that has ever hurt you, including yourself. From there, you need to tear yourself down back to the core and rebuild. You have to fill all of the cracks in the foundation that you tried to avoid and cover your entire life. Only then can you truly free yourself and be reborn to rise like a phoenix. 

There are going to be a lot of dark nights in this life. Ignite your own flame and become your own light. Use that light to guide yourself and to share with those still trapped in their own darkness. 

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“Chasing The Gate (Searching For Deanne)” reflects upon feelings of anxiety, depression, and glimmers of hope as it highlights the disappearance of my best friend and muse, Deanne Hastings, in 2015. Deanne always called me her “Wings” and is the reason I have them tattooed on my back. Now she is my “Wings”…my guardian angel. This painting depicts a long and arduous quest to find Deanne and meeting her again one day at the gateway of heaven.

“The Gate Of Alchemy” or “The Gate Of Truth” is a metaphysical and metaphorical structure and the central point of transmutation in Acrylic Alchemy. I created Acrylic Alchemy based on the principal that if I utilize my pain and struggle to create something positive and beautiful, if I learn to love it, it can no longer hurt me. Learn to master your pain. Don’t let it consume you. Embrace the suffering and use your pain for the greater good. There are a lot of people out there that need their “Wings.”

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All of the paintings from my April/May 2012 artist residency with Alexander Salazar Fine Art were named after the strangers I encountered and interacted with on the streets of Downtown San Diego. For 50 days, I literally became “The Boy In The Box” as I worked, on public display, from this little box on Broadway.

 
“Hidensique” was named after a quiet and elusive man that I noticed passing by day after day during my first week. He would always slow as he passed, but keep moving without stopping or coming in. He would just watch from the window, as many did, not wanting to intrude. After establishing that same pattern the first handful of days, he popped his head in around the end of the week and asked if he could share something. He introduced himself as Enrique and was always carrying a staff with him. It was an easy way to recognize him considering my head was buried in my work 12-15 hours a day. He told me that my work had stopped him in his tracks and really spoke to him, inspiring him to write a poem the night before. Though he did not want to show his face, he offered to share that poem on one of the videos documenting my experience. I named “Hidensique” after Enrique. It’s an abstract composite of his name and the game “Hide-and-Seek” because of his elusive nature. 

Most of these strangers passing by and interacting with me had no idea that they were my creative inspiration and were becoming pieces of my work during my residency. Because Enrique passed by almost daily, he had a chance to see the painting he inspired before my time ended as “The Boy In The Box.” It brought him to tears. We kept in touch for a brief period after my residency, but as just as he did during my residency, he eventually faded into the distance and disappeared. I know he’s still out there somewhere, probably still watching my work progress from a new window.

You can hear that poem at CariniArts.com under the description of “Hidensique.” If you like my work or stories, please follow and share. You make what I do possible. I could not do this without you.

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The energies and color chakra pieces are a subset from “The Boy In The Box” series. Commencing upon the precipice of homelessness, “The Boy In The Box” follows the rigid geometric structuring of the “The Up-Side Of Down” and represents the perpetual quest for personal freedom and breaking outside of the box.

Do you ever feel like you’re constantly on the edge? I do. Yesterday the original “Perpetually Upon The Precipice” found a home but canvas prints are still available. Learn more at CariniArts.com and if you enjoy my work or my stories, please share them. I need your support now more than ever. Have a beautiful day, even if it’s on the precipice.

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“Faces Of The Parabox” is a subset from “The Boy In The Box” series. Commencing upon the precipice of homelessness, “The Boy In The Box” follows the rigid geometric structuring of the “The Up-Side Of Down” and represents the perpetual quest for personal freedom and breaking outside of the box.

I don’t wonder because I wander. I wander because I wonder. This one is dedicated to the avant-garde, the wanderers, the frontier pushers. Wishing you great prosperity and safe travels.

Original 72in x 45in: $11,250

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Michael Carini | LEARN MORE

Commencing upon the precipice of homelessness, “The Boy In The Box” follows the rigid geometric structuring of the “The Up-Side Of Down” and represents the perpetual quest for personal freedom and breaking outside of the box.

On The Ground:“Beneath The Wings Of Free Swan (Deanne’s Song)” took me almost three years to get to because I didn’t want to address it or acknowledge it. This is the tribute painting for Deanne Hastings, my best friend and the woman I loved. Deanne disappeared near the border of Washington and Idaho at the end of 2015. She used to call me “Wings” and is the reason I have them tattooed on my back. She would always tell me stories about the archangel Michael and say I was her guardian angel, there for her through a number of trying predicaments and loving her unconditionally. This is the one time I was not able to be and I think about it every single day. Now I’m under her wings and this tribute is her swan song as she is finally freed of her cage and hopefully at peace. I love you Deanne. 

ORIGINAL 48" x 36" – $8,000

Acrylic on Canvas

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On The Easel:

“When Nobody Else Would Love Me (I Had To Learn To Love Myself)”

ORIGINAL 36" x 36" – $6000

Acrylic on Canvas

Prints Coming Soon

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Michael Carini | LEARN MORE

“Within The Bounds Of Without”

Our only limitations are the ones we create for ourselves. This painting depicts my signature icon piercing the box I had created for myself. Only you can free yourself from your self-imposed box. I thought this would be a great piece to share today because of how it relates to my story (and possibly yours) as well as the celebration of Earth Day. 

In case you missed it, yesterday was a big day for me with the 10 Year Anniversary of the assault and battery that gave birth to Acrylic Alchemy and “The Up-Side Of Down.” If you want to see some of the news coverage & video clips, you can check out my blog at CariniArts.com 🙂

I did an Instagram Live video yesterday telling the story in full for the first time in 10 years. I’ll be doing another Instagram Live video today for any follow up questions. My Instagram handle is @acrylicalchemy for those that would like to tune in and check it out.

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“Faces Of The Parabox” is a subset from “The Boy In The Box” series. Commencing upon the precipice of homelessness, “The Boy In The Box” follows the rigid geometric structuring of the “The Up-Side Of Down” and represents the perpetual quest for personal freedom and breaking outside of the box. We often create our own boxes. This painting reflects upon the only person that can change your life. It’s you!

Learn more at CariniArts.com and get your “Mirror rorriM” canvas art.

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Artwork installation at FOX

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“Astranomelly” was the culminating piece of my artist residency in Downtown San Diego. During the months of April/May (2012) I spent 50 days painting on Broadway Avenue, generally averaging 10-12 hours per session and never taking a single day off. Basically living in the studio as I found myself on the precipice of homelessness, this climactic creation measures 6.5′ x 10′ and is representative of my collective experiences as “The Boy In The Box.” The culture shock of the residency experience made this both an artistic opportunity and a sociological experiment as I found myself imbued with the regionalism of this foreign community and was indoctrinated into their culture. The individuals that visited and shared their stories during my tenure in the box were all incorporated into the painting, their names inscribed in the underpainting that surrounds the iconic vortex (or black hole) that is simultaneously a symbol of the outward eyes looking in at me as I poured my soul into the canvas. The concept for “Astranomelly” came to me on a car ride home at 3:30am as I listened to the track “Battling the Sun” by local musician Astra Kelly. I had met Astra earlier that evening when she stopped in during a rare San Diego storm. The rest of the story I now leave with you.