Good Details Gallery hosted its inaugural “A Good Day For Play” event on Saturday, Aug. 5, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., in Chicago’s Pilsen Arts District. Sponsored by Nickelodeon, the number-one entertainment brand for kids, the event featured an afternoon of games and activities for the entire family, and served as the culmination of a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles branded art competition. The event, open to the public took place at Good Details Gallery located at 1840 S. Halsted Street, Chicago, IL.
In the spirit of the multi-dimensional creative energy that comprises Good Details Gallery, A Good Day for Play, is a fun-filled day of art, games and community engagement. This year, Good Details and Nickelodeon have teamed up to kick off A Good Day for Play with an art showdown featuring six renowned Chicago-based artists. Max Sansing, Sentrock, Tubsz, E.LEE, Lisa Gray and JC Rivera will face off in a three-day competition to create custom Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles murals in their respective artistic styles. The winner will have an opportunity to design the trophy for the MONSTER Energy NASCAR Cup Series race Tales of the Turtles 400 at Chicagoland Speedway and have their art showcased on the infield outside of the Chicagoland Speedway Media Center Sept. 14-17.
Max Sansing, a Chicago native, was raised on the Southside in the Avalon Park community. His parents were artists, and so he naturally grew to love painting at an early age. Fueled by the desire to create art, Sansing taught himself oil painting and later completed two years of formal college training at The American Academy of Art from 1999 to 2000. In addition to painting full time, Sansing has expanded his creativity and artistic talents into creating murals across Chicago and translating art into electronic media as a graphic design artist. Sansing’s work has been displayed at art galleries and special events in Chicago and in New York. His current art influences include Norman Rockwell, Maxfield Parrish, Gustav Klimt, Thomas Blackshear, and his late father, Ellis Sansing
Is a painter living and working in Chicago. He received his B.F.A in painting with a secondary in print-making from Millikin University in 2002. He has shown in Chicago and Paris and created public works in the U.S.,UK, Japan, the Netherlands, and Spain. E.LEE's love of art history is apparent as he applies a minimalist esthetic and trompe I'oeil techniques to our popular culture images. His current Superhero Series captures our childhood hero's during their most vulnerable moments. Stripping the context from iconic comic book scenes, each superhero's story is reduced down to a single raw emotion. Seeing ourselves in their struggle allows us not only to identify with their pain but also with their power and ability to overcome.
Joseph "Sentrock" Perez is an artist originally from Phoenix, Az. He moved to Chicago to pursue a change in scenery and obtain an Bachelors of Art & Design at Columbia College. Perez is known for using bright colors, intense lettering and characters that grab the attention of viewer. A believer in the quote "Art cannot deny the environment that it is in", Perez allows his surroundings of living in Chicago to influence his latest works.
Tubsz is a Chicago-based Calligraffiti artist working in various mediums such as spray-paint, acrylic and ink. His work creates an amazing hybrid of traditional of calligraphy, graffiti hand styling and Latino Culture. Tubsz, born into a family of artist was introduced to art by his parents at an early, age, this is where his obsession with letter forms began.
This obsession grew to blending photography with painted graffiti lettering and combining elements of the past, present and future. Tubsz's work appears complex, beautiful and captivating. Each piece carries meaning, conveying an event or dialogue that pushes a mix of traditonal calligraphy and Latin heritage.
Artist J.C. Rivera is a master of many mediums. He's a trained fine artist first, then a graphic designers, cartoonist, toy designer and finally, a mural artist. His colorful abstract public works have recently earned him city and corporate commissions, over 18 thousand Instagram fans (@jcrivera) and respect from both his street-art peers and high-profile art collectors alike.
Lisa Gray is a Chicago based painted, illustrator and multimedia production artist. Born in Rockford, IL she enjoys splitting her time between both places and their contrasting paces. She received her BFA in Illustration from The American Academy of Art in 2006. She has since been working as an in house artist at a special events company Kehoe Designs. Her personal works are heavily inspired by nature and her travels.