William Tunberg works with marquetry to create wall sculptures and standing sculptures, including chairs and screens. Marquetry is a time-intensive technique developed during the time of Louis XIV in which the artist applies veneers to a structure or form to create a design. It was often used in decorative furniture. Tunberg pioneered the use of marquetry in abstract expressionism, thus elevating the traditional craft to a fine art mode of creation.
Exotic natural and dyed wood veneers
Structure and flow. May add some stitches to this one. 🌳🌊
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Number 1 on my top 12 for 2017 “Penthouse.” It was my first ever commission and what a commission it was. Basically I got paid to make a painting to be leased for a year in one of the most sought after Penthouse properties in NYC. It got leased before the opening event even happened. Result, I got paid to make art for myself. ————————————
It was the breakthrough that let me know this Is real and the sky’s the limit. I didn’t inquire or have any connects, I don’t even know any artists and im self taught. They found me and wanted my art to represent their $150 Million property. It was what I manifested but still probably the most exciting thing that has ever happened to me. I thought it was a scam at first until they took me to the under construction roof deck. Faith wasn’t on my side at the end, but just getting that contract with them insuring my art for 5 figures, and getting that commercial check and the opportunity made me really take this seriously. As I looked down on NYC from the penthouse, I was thinking “Is this life? Is this really happening to me?” I view it as the ultimate blessing and a sign to keep working. You never know who’s watching. For anyone who read this far, keep grinding 🙏🏼💯💰🦔. ————————————About the art, it’s one of my most detailed paintings. I tried to create that busy Manhatten rush hour feel below. Chaotic but full of life. Mixing abstract elements with urban and figurative. Up above in the clouds, you ascend over the people and the tallest sky scrapers. The view was 360* around the city which is rare so I made the windows wrap around the sides of the canvas. 95% of the painting is in oil paint. Once that check cleared, I wasn’t even checking paint series numbers. Throw it in the bag lol. It was fun while it lasted. The entire painting was done with my fingers except the outline of the eyes and mouth of the figures represented in the wall. Be sure to scroll for close up detail pics. This is for sale BTW . Sentimental value wears off.
So I have decided to be a bit more serious about my art and I learned from a great person Brittany @beyondthelinesgallery that you need a series of works not just ones and twos. I know dancers are my comfort zone and what I paint when I am a bit funky. However, to start a proper series I want to be comfortable so I have decided to paint 8 poses from Swan Lake follow me on my journey from sketches to paintings.