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Michael Carini | SHOP NOW

Michael Carini | SHOP NOW

“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!

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“The Up-Side of Down” was inspired by a 2009 assault and battery that hospitalized me with multiple facial fractures, severe eye trauma, and a concussion. My signature icon, which I saw flashing in my head during the concussive state, is a key repeating element in this series that represents life growing from death and discovering the positives in negatives.

“Midnight Dancer (Take Me Away)” was the very first painting I ever created for Deanne Hastings, my best friend and the person I loved most in the world. She used to call me her “Wings” and is the reason I have them tattooed on my back. Tragically, Deanne went missing in 2015 and has yet to be found. I still think about her every single day and a number of the paintings she inspired were sent to her family for her children to have one day.

This is one of the most valuable pieces I have in my studio. It is the two final postcards of the show I dedicated to her in 2010. If you take a close look, you can read the statement from the show. I came across these in my car long after she disappeared. I was also blessed to come across her handprints on my “10 Year Floor Canvas,” which also now hang in studio so she can continue to be with me as she continues to inspire me and my work. I hope I’m making her proud. I wouldn’t be the man I am today if it wasn’t for her. I love how this photo picks up the reflection of the window likes it’s a window between here and heaven, allowing us to see each other again for just a moment.

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Michael Carini | LEARN MORE

Michael Carini | LEARN MORE

“The Up-Side of Down” was inspired by a 2009 assault and battery that hospitalized me with multiple facial fractures, severe eye trauma, and a concussion. My signature icon, which I saw flashing in my head during the concussive state, is a key repeating element in this series that represents life growing from death and discovering the positives in negatives.

“Midnight Dancer (Take Me Away)” was the very first painting I ever created for Deanne Hastings, my best friend and the person I loved most in the world. She used to call me her “Wings” and is the reason I have them tattooed on my back. Tragically, Deanne went missing in 2015 and has yet to be found. I still think about her every single day and a number of the paintings she inspired were sent to her family for her children to have one day.

This is one of the most valuable pieces I have in my studio. It is the two final postcards of the show I dedicated to her in 2010. If you take a close look, you can read the statement from the show. I came across these in my car long after she disappeared. I was also blessed to come across her handprints on my “10 Year Floor Canvas,” which also now hang in studio so she can continue to be with me as she continues to inspire me and my work. I hope I’m making her proud. I wouldn’t be the man I am today if it wasn’t for her. I love how this photo picks up the reflection of the window likes it’s a window between here and heaven, allowing us to see each other again for just a moment.

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Michael Carini | LEARN MORE

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. We all create our own boxes and some more than others.
This painting tells a story of creation and the interconnectedness of relationships. If you look closely, you may spot a large figure in the upper right corner and a much smaller figure in the bottom right. The smaller figure is in a state of genesis, feeding and growing from the nourishment and energy of the other.

This painting does does has ties to a specific creation story, referencing Eve being created from the rib of Adam. The female form form was modeled after someone that later came back and vandalized the painting, cutting through it right where Eve’s rib is. I had to patch Eve’s rib and carefully repair it, which I feel added to the symbolism and energy of the painting.

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Michael Carini | LEARN MORE

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. We all create our own boxes and some more than others.
This painting tells a story of creation and the interconnectedness of relationships. If you look closely, you may spot a large figure in the upper right corner and a much smaller figure in the bottom right. The smaller figure is in a state of genesis, feeding and growing from the nourishment and energy of the other.

This painting does does has ties to a specific creation story, referencing Eve being created from the rib of Adam. The female form form was modeled after someone that later came back and vandalized the painting, cutting through it right where Eve’s rib is. I had to patch Eve’s rib and carefully repair it, which I feel added to the symbolism and energy of the painting.

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Michael Carini | LEARN MORE

“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.

Michael Carini | SHOP NOW

Michael Carini | SHOP NOW

Rising phoenix necklace for the phoenix rising in you

Michael Carini | SHOP NOW

Michael Carini | SHOP NOW

Yesterday on IG Live we talked a little bit about giving up, pushing through, and how/why to give your failures purpose so they’re no longer failures, but stepping stones to success. Social media creates a common misconception that almost everyone we know is extremely successful because we generally see snapshots of the highlights that they choose to unveil. By relation, it often contributes to people feeling a personal sense of failure. What we don’t see is the full picture. We don’t see the struggles, the obstacles, or if those snapshots that are highlighted are even real in the first place. It’s easy to pretend just about anything on social media, and many people will believe it. Don’t believe everything you see.

For me personally, there are far more failures, or obstacles, than successes. We often see only our own full picture, but I will show you mine. This morning I made my submission to New American Paintings. I have been submitting my work to this juried competition since I was a student at Loyola Marymount University. I believe this is my 14th year in a row trying to get accepted. That means for 14 years I have stuck with this dream despite year after year of rejection. The rejection has no correlation to my value, self-worth, or successes as a person or artist. This is just a small piece of a larger puzzle. I am determined to continue going after that puzzle piece though until I grasp it. The rejections don’t even discourage me because, along the way, I am taking other small steps towards my larger goals. There is always progress being made, no matter how small, despite what may outwardly look like a hopeless pursuit. I will get there, and when I do, I’ll be able to say I continued coming back year after year until I made it happen. If I was to stop trying, though, it would never happen. Today I’m sharing my submissions for 2019 with you.

Take baby steps towards your goals. Keep the big picture within sight, but focus on the little things you can do daily to get there. Today I challenge you to acknowledge a failure or obstacle, as well as a baby step you are making towards a goal you have. 

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Michael Carini | SHOP NOW

I think a lot of people think of artists as unorganized and all over the place…but I don’t believe I could be much further from that. Organization and structure are very important parts of my process. This comes down from painting care, preparation, and even the organization of my colors for quick/efficient color mixing and inventory. Healthy habits, behaviors, and rituals find a way to work themselves into every aspect of your life, which is why it’s important to have them. Focus and clearly defined goals go a long way. Not there yet? That’s okay. Take baby steps. You will get there.

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Michael Carini | ART SHOP

Michael Carini | ART SHOP

Artwork installation at FOX