Michael Bernard Fitzgerald
I will be live painting.
And doing bad portraits.
Get your tickets now...
Calgary 2012 Wrap Party
mini bad's and rad people.
come celebrate this great city.
Every Sunday at the SHIP!
I paint at the ship. You drink.
and get a bad portrait.
Jan. 25th, 2013
I am doing a
what? I know. Crazy.
Come spend a day with 14 speakers
in Lethbridge, Alberta.
Jan. 18th. 2013
VILLAGE RADIO LAUNCH
come out and join us,
I will be doing a live
at commonwealth. 4pm.
Jan. 12th, 2013
Join me at MOCA Contemporary Art Calgary
and see the first WARHOL show
in our town.
I will be painting bads.
You made christmas amazing
BECAUSE OF YOUR
CHRISTMAS IS ALMOST HERE!!
Send me your faces for
the best bad present around!
send to: firstname.lastname@example.org
THANK YOU AVENUE
for naming ME as one of
this years TOP 40 UNDER 40
What an honour.
For the full list and article, visit:
Looking for your monster bad?
All of your bad faces will be
at the Glenbow Museum
this week for pick up!
And Stephen Avenue
invite you to join us
as we launch our
WALK OF FAME
Sept. 20th. 11:30 Am
on the ave.
Thanks AVENUE MAGAZINE!
Thanks CALGARY IS AWESOME
is now representing
BP's and me
Currently working on
WALK OF FAME
BAD PORTRAITS and
CALGARY FOLK FEST
present: Bad times at all the after parties.
Come find me. I'll do your face.
CALGARY IS AWESOME!!
check out the latest interview....
C is for Calgary is in book stores now!
Make sure you pick up this collectors book
for your kids. They will giggle.
All proceeds go to Calgary Reads.
Thanks Dave Kelly!
WALK OF FAME WALK OF FAME WALK OF FAME
WATCH OUT THIS AUGUST
for bad portraits and comedy on the fabulous
CBC Comedy Spectacular!
(srsly guys, it's going to be rad)
Join me at The Ship and Anchor
for beer and bad's.
You drink beer.
I take your photo.
You drink another.
I paint your face.
Please come and join the fun and donate
A painting of mine is there to help
make commitments to time
volunteering in our community.
CBC COMEDY SPECTACULAR
Join Bad Portraits as it makes the backdrop
for an amazing night of comedy
with a diverse and hilarious group of comedians.
WILLOW PARK WINES Conference room
10801 Bonaventure Drive SE
we are filming two separate shows. 7pm and 9pm
Please come. tickets- $20
(its going to be so very enjoyable guys)
OMG OMG OMG
I am working on a kids book with
The Kelly Brothers
(this is fun)
COMIC AND ENTERTAINMENT EXPO
come find your favorite hero or villian.
And then buy it.
And then find all the stars from TREK
Come find your faces or buys a friends!
I will be upstairs ready to recognize you slightly.
Old ANT HILL BUILDING- kensington
The BEST OF CALGARY
Calgary 2012 Project
You can submit great people
in this great city, and I will
feature them and how rad they are.
Send all pics to: email@example.com
Calgary White Hat Celebration
I will be in Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary
with the great faces of our awesome city.
Look for them....
look out for Bad Portraits everywhere
during the best festival in Western Canada.
Let's rule this guys.
And let's use your faces.
Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo
Bad Portraits will be there.
With all your favorite heroes.
Be my hero and come buy a portrait.
For info: Click HERE.
End of March.
Bad Portraits in LA
(dates coming within the next few days)
You should all join me.
My fingers are crossed. Will let you know.
But the plans are really quite large.
Musicians Care For Kids
and The Boys and Girls Club
invite you to come share
in an intimate evening with
renowned Canadian Musicians
and live painting by Mandy Stobo.
Bad Portraits are up for auction.
This could be your chance.
Bad Portraits will be there. So should you.
For Tickets: Press HERE.
Michael Bernard Fitzgerald
2 live paintings
The Jack Singer Concert Hall
For tickets: press this
Bad Portraits Installation
If you are in calgary and like beer...
Feb. 4th and 5th.
Please come get your faces.
They would like you to see them.
bad portraits is a project that is about your face.
You send me your face or a picture of a face you love and then I do a really quick painting of it. It will resemble you a little. But also, it won't.
The thing is, you are rad. And when I make you bad I'm pretty much just saying that you are really quite great.
Please send your face to firstname.lastname@example.org
and for all you awesome people waiting on your faces....they are all coming...
And always remember, you rule.
(we are all legends you guys)
Mandy Stobo is a Calgary artist with a skyrocketing career thanks to her totally “bad” paintings. She is the painter behind the infamous ‘Bad Portraits,’ an ongoing series of people’s faces painted badly.
Using watercolour, Mandy employs a whimsical technique with vibrant colours splashed and swirled on the canvas, then anchored with black lines to create the outline and finer details of the face.
Although they may not be in the style of traditional portraiture, they have personality and her point isn’t to be Johannes Vermeer’ and create another ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring,’ it’s to make you stop, look and listen to your own thoughts. Maybe even have a laugh.
“I don’t like to dictate thought or expectation. It’s not a statement of the artist,” said Stobo. “I think everybody’s experience looking at something is going to be different.” Stobo’s art is light-hearted and plays on the fun and humorous aspects that art can over-look. “I hope people take away joy and a sense of humor and that art can be really fun and inexpensive and about you,” she said.
It all started in the basement of the Crossroads Market, in the old “blood pits” that houses Mandy’s studio. Being an artist is never and has never been an easy feat that reaps many rewards or a sustainable living. So the ex-ACAD student and single mom went out to find something that was cost-effective and self-sustaining; watercolour and faces.
“I needed something that renewed itself. And so I thought ‘Peoples faces, I’m never going to be out of work!’” said Mandy.
Not running out of work was an understatement. After a feature in MacLean’s magazine, Mandy was faced with 1,200 orders for Christmas alone.
“That was overwhelming,” she admits. “But it’s never really exhausting because it’s the people’s energy. I just smile and giggle while I do it. It’s so fun, so I haven’t gotten bored.”
Not bad for a girl who started painting her friends faces and wanted to experiment with social media. Stobo is the epitome of the Calgary’s arts scene. Excited and on the cusp of being huge, yet humble and happy.
“I can’t not get over how excited I am to be in Calgary right now and I think all of us (artists) are apart of building this amazing new piece of this city,” Mandy said. “So anytime there is any recognition (referring to her McLean’s write-up), kudos to Calgary. There is so much going on here.”
And there is going to be a lot more going on here.
Calgary 2012; a not-for-profit organization is helping to showcase the city’s arts and culture scene through projects that will “encourage future cultural achievements.”Along with Calgary 2012, the city has been granted the “Cultural Capital of Canada.”
This doesn’t mean that we are more cultural than others cities in the country, but have been allotted to receive $1.6-million in federal government grants to further develop our flourishing arts and culture scene.
And that turns into a lot of open doors for eager artists.
“The amount of quality and the amount of artists are blowing me away. And with Calgary 2012 it’s giving access to all of these artists that have put in their time,” Mandy said. “They were waiting for the city to embrace it and explode, and I think this year we are going to do it.”
This is coming as a relief to many in the art community. They are now being given the opportunity to pursue their talents.
For so long Calgary lost a lot of creative minds to larger cities with more vibrant cultural centers. Now we have come full circle and the city is attracting creative minds.“We’re the only city that hasn’t already been built (artistically),” Mandy said.
In comparison to places like San Francisco and New York City, even Toronto, Calgary is still an infant in metropolis art scenes. “We get to build it!” exclaimed Mandy.
Calgary’s artistic community is about to explode and be featured on national and international levels. Mandy was buzzing with a giddy enthusiasm, an enthusiasm that is floating in the dry Calgary air.
Changes are afoot and it is accessible for anyone to help create the newest chapter for Calgary’s history book. “We’ve found our voices and a platform and Calgary is handing it out, which I think is amazing,” Mandy said. “I love this city. I’m really excited about this city.”
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