THE FREE SPIRIT
ABOUT THE ART
by Brian Johnson
The newest art bike I have created, the Free Spirit, is a direct reflection of the strange and crazy times we are living in. I wanted and needed to create something that was fun, light hearted, yet also something that symbolized peace and unity. I could not think of a better way to do this than using the Tie-Dye color scheme and the meaning behind it’s movement as a way to create something positive and fun.
I often think of what art means in times of uncertainty and change. It can be powerful. It can also uplift and bring a positive meaning during chaos. Thus, the colorful and vibrant hues that the Tie-Dye color scheme emphasizes always brings a smile to my face and a warm feeling to my heart. I am hoping this bike symbolizes all of those things and brings joy to whomever looks at it. Thank you Solé for bringing me joy in making this art piece for people to see in these times of uncertainty and chaos.
Born and raised in southern California. I spent the majority of my adolescence on bikes and skateboards. Growing up in the 80’s culture, I was introduced to many types of cultures both artistically and personally. Ever since I can remember, I have lived a life of creating. Whether it was through painting, drawing, sculpting, woodworking or other multimedia art forms, I found a home in art and peace within the process of making things. I attempt to be creative every day in one form or another.
Working on this particular Solé Art Bike has been such a great experience for me. It allowed me to combine my favorite artistic processes; painting and sculpture. Although I did not sculpt the bike, it was a huge part of the decision process in what type of art I chose to put on it. Each time I think about what will go into the artwork like this, I think about what it is that currently inspires me, and the surface I am going to be making or working on.
Thank you for looking and I hope you enjoy what I have created.
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