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NOTES: Still Hear Your Thunder. On the 28th of December 2015, I was having a cocktail in Los Angeles waiting for the first of three Motley Crue farewell shows to start, when my phone exploded. News had got out that legendary Motorhead frontman, Lemmy Kilmister, had passed at the age of 70. It was no secret what a huge fan I was, so I instantly started receiving messages from friends, family, collectors and fans. I was devastated, it felt like losing a family member. Almost immediately I started thinking of a way to memorialize him in the only way I can, with a painting. Of course, I had already done a Lem tribute piece, but I felt like I needed something with more of a memorial feel than a standard portrait tribute. Over the next year many ideas came to me, but nothing was really punching me in mouth, so to speak. That all changed in November 2016. I heard a rumour that Metallica had written a tribute to Lem for there upcoming album Hardwired to Self Destruct. On the day of the album release my eyes raced down the track listing until I saw it… “Murder One”. Knowing that Murder One was the name affectionately given to Lem’s amplifier, I knew this was the tribute and immediately pushed play. There it was, my inspiration was handed to me by the boys in Metallica. I couldn’t think of a better way to immortalize Lem than to portray the thing that help make them the loudest band in the world. Motorhead live was an all-out assault to your senses and this amp played a large part in that. The tribute by Metallica is brilliant, therefore, this is the only piece in my catalog that is titled from the tribute song and not an actual Motorhead lyric. The lyric “Still hear your thunder” was too fitting to pass up..
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Trevor “Stickman” Stickel specializes in icon based, pop-realism portraits that capture legendary moments, powerful ideas, and raw emotion. His work is described as gritty-yet fresh, complex-yet simple. Graduating from a Jekyll and Hyde influence early in his career, in which he divided his time between family portraits and airbrush design work on helmets and Harleys, Stickman had the epiphany to combine both styles while reading “According to the Rolling Stones”. Two weeks later he finished his first canvas portrait of Mick Jagger, aptly titled “Please allow me to introduce myself”, which forever changed the direction of his career in the art world. THE MISSION The idea or "mission" behind Stickman’s artwork is to create an artistic tribute to the music and to the musicians that have had a tremendous impact on him and many others. Historically, these tributes would have been limited to photos/posters that adorned the bedroom walls of teenagers and dorm rooms throughout adolescence. Stickman aims to create a style of art that brings these iconic figures back into our lives, and in a manner that adults can display proudly in their homes. THE CONCEPT The concept is to take a realistic portrait and juxtapose it with a background that expresses the feelings and emotions of the subject. This method also allows Stickman to explore other disciplines of art – many of his backgrounds will include abstract, expressionism, impressionism, realism, pop art, street art, surrealism and quite often a combination of these. This is where he gets to enjoy the artistic side of these pieces, while paying additional homage to some of his favorite visual artists. THE HIDDEN MESSAGES AND SYMBOLS In addition to the art itself, Stickman also adds (and quite often hides) his trademarked Stickman symbol (stick figure with devil horns) and the statement "Devil Inside" to the painting. • The Stickman symbol is derived from Stickman’s last name (Stickel) and a common phrase he hears from viewers, "I can't even draw a stick man". The horns represent rock and roll (his primary focus), which is generally regarded as the devil’s music, and references the duality of man (good vs. evil). • The statement "Devil Inside" also references this Jekyll and Hyde type of duality. Stickman often feels there is a difference between Stickman the artist and Trevor Stickel the person. When focused on a subject and working on a piece, he often gets so involved in the subject he finds himself emulating them in the way he dresses and acts, similar to a method actor. • The signature on the bottom right corner usually shows the Stickman symbol imitating the subject. THE TITLE The title of each piece is often overlooked but may very well be the most important piece of the puzzle. Stickman looks for a lyric that he believes personifies the subject or his feeling toward that subject and from there, begins to create an image and feeling that takes the viewer to that emotional state of mind. The titles are always a lyric from the subject's song but never the title of a song. If the viewer is a fan of the subject, they should almost hear the lyric or feel the emotion of the lyric when looking at the piece. Knowing the title completes the emotional connection to the painting and usually reveals a personal trait about the subject.