Miles Davis to Design Second Album for Saturate

Massive Burn Studios will Paint Cover Art for “The Separation Effect”

It may come as no surprise that Massive Burn Studios is closely tapped in to rock music. From screaming faces and dramatically lit scenes, the artwork of Miles Davis is full of emotion, inspired, in part, by his love for hard rock music. While painting in the studio, you will rarely catch him without the music blaring. The ability to soak up the emotion from one element and then purge it onto the canvas is one of the things that makes art so ethereal, as if the music is sending a message through you, through the paint.

Thus, it is only natural that rock bands and musicians gravitate toward the style and art that Miles creates. Enter heavy rock outfit Saturate from Houston, Texas.

Saturate: The Point of No Return Art by Massive Burn Studios

Album Art for Saturate’s Album “The Point of No Return,” Designed by Massive Burn Studios

“We’ve known Jimmy, Mike, Hector, and the other members of Saturate for years now,” recalls Merissa, Art Director and Graphic Designer for Massive Burn Studios. “We first met the group as they were working on their second album ‘The Point of No Return.’ We developed the concept for this album after just a few phone conversations with Jimmy Miller, lead singer and co-founder of the band. After they approved the initial concept, we went straight into the full process. Miles illustrated and painted the cover art, while I designed and produced the layout for the booklet and cd itself. We are really proud of this album. It’s definitely a highlight of our portfolio and shows how well our talents merge.”

Photo courtesy of Saturate.

Photo courtesy of Saturate.

Massive Burn Studios is pleased to announce that they will be teaming up with Saturate once again on their forthcoming album “The Separation Effect.” Miles is set to design and illustrate the cover art for this, Saturate’s fourth record, currently in production. The concept has been approved, and Miles is excited to start painting. We hope to bring you updates as the album progresses. Keep your finger on the pulse at facebook.com/massiveburn or facebook.com/saturatemusic  to hear the latest. And support the band’s efforts in the studio by preordering the album (and other goodies) on their kickstarter campaign, available through Sunday, June 14.

Have an album that needs awesome art? Contact us to get started on your commission today!

 

Miles Davis Interview with Art is King Founder Dan Flores

Miles Davis Interviewed by Art Is King

Earlier this year, Miles Davis had the opportunity to share his inspirations and aspirations for Massive Burn Studios and his personal art career with Art is King founder Daniel Flores. Take a listen to the podcast, and find out what makes Miles Davis tick. Many thanks to Dan Flores of Art is King for the interview and their support of the Atlanta art scene.

Listen to the full interview here: http://www.spreaker.com/user/dacreativegenius/art-is-king-podcast-030-lae

To learn more about Art is King and the League of Art Entrepreneurs, visit www.artisking.org

A brief note from Daniel Flores:

Atlanta is home to a massive amount of insanely creative artists and we have to include Marcus Miles Davis to that list. The Atlanta based POP-Surrealist who goes by the name of Miles Davis, has left his mark high and low. He can’t help it. Ive been to his home and every room in his house is filled with canvas. Every bookshelf in his studio is filled with black books full of painting ideas.

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A Closer Look: Smile

Smile, Original Painting by Miles Davis of Massive Burn Studios

In preparation for the big night, we will be taking a closer look at a few of the featured paintings in our solo exhibit Vital Chroma. We hope that you will plan to make it to the event, as we will be showcasing over 70 original paintings in one night. For more information on Vital Chroma, click here.

For this post, we will feature the new painting “Smile.”

Smile


Smile, Original Painting by Miles Davis of Massive Burn Studios

Detail of Smile, Original Painting by Miles Davis

“…my feelings toward this painting can be summed up in one word: refreshing.”

After the creation of this piece, it has remained one of my favorites. I think I mostly have an appreciation of this painting for its simplicity and joyous nature, both traits being adverse to the majority of my work. This entire artwork was created essentially in two sittings and came together much faster than I anticipated. I had just watched some documentaries that dealt with positive thinking and the importance of trying to be happy, so I stumbled along with this idea and was very pleasantly surprised with the outcome.  I think the best way to describe my feelings toward this painting can be summed up in one word: refreshing. The process, the colors, the simple nature and composition, and most of all…the basic hopeful grin all just make me…smile.

This painting will be on display at our solo exhibit Vital Chroma, Saturday, April 27th from 7pm to 11pm. More details about Vital Chroma can be found here.

For more details or to purchase Smile, email us here.

A Closer Look: Heard. Seen. Spoken.

In preparation for the big night, we will be taking a closer look at a few of the featured paintings in our solo exhibit Vital Chroma. We hope that you will plan to make it to the event, as we will be showcasing over 70 original paintings in one night. For more information on Vital Chroma, click here.

For this post, we will feature the painting “Heard. Seen. Spoken.”

Heard. Seen. Spoken.


Heard. Seen. Spoken. Original Artwork by Miles Davis

Heard. Seen. Spoken. crop

Detail displaying the collaged newspaper clippings and dollar bills used to depict the unsubstantiated propaganda spewed by the media and media followers.

This piece deals with the reality of lost innocence and the impurity of most adults on a long enough timeline. The accessibility of information these days with the internet, unfiltered, allows for the hearing, seeing, and sometimes regurgitation or “speaking” of information that is not truly understood…all because the information was available. By portraying the opposite of the old adage “See no Evil, Hear no Evil, Speak no Evil,” this painting seeks to explore and confront the inner filter of such information of not only myself but also the viewer. The Figure with Headphones can hear things but cannot see them or tell you about them, whereas the figure with one eye can see and hear things, but cannot tell you about them without a mouth, and lastly, the yelling figure is spewing information in a forceful way, but is blind to what they are seeing.

This painting will be on display at our solo exhibit Vital Chroma, Saturday, April 27th from 7pm to 11pm. More details about Vital Chroma can be found here.

For more details or to purchase Heard. Seen. Spoken., click here to visit this painting in our gallery.

A Closer Look: Glide

Glide Original Painting by Miles Davis of Massive Burn Studios

Over the next week and a half, we will be taking a closer look at a few of the featured paintings in our solo exhibit  Vital Chroma. We hope that you will plan to make it to the event, as we will be showcasing over 70 original paintings in one night. For more information on Vital Chroma, click here.

The first painting we’ll be featuring in this series is Glide.

Glide


Glide I have been told numerous times by viewers and collectors that I paint many skulls in my work. This is true, and I’ve been asked if I enjoy painting “dark” things. The short answer is “Yes. I do enjoy painting dark themes. I feel it is personally therapeutic.” However, additionally, I do not always look at skulls as being dark. This odd piece resulted directly from that notion and was an attempt to paint the skull and a spirit in a brighter context than just “death.” This idea drives the overall feel of the painting. The cloak or ribbon is meant to encompass a spirit and is rendered in bright colors in homage to the coat of many colors in the biblical story about Joseph. The spectrum of colors is also meant to represent the different lenses through which death can be perceived. The bright day and green rolling hills hold purpose to further lighten the load of “death,” and the 3 wind turbines are indicative of the winds of change. Maybe this piece is more about the death of a chapter in life or the end of a phase in life, leading to brighter days despite the bittersweet emotions dealt in something having to die for something else to flourish. Such is the balance of life, I suppose.

This painting will be on display at our solo exhibit Vital Chroma, Saturday, April 27th from 7pm to 11pm. More details about Vital Chroma can be found here.

For more details or to purchase Glide, click here to visit this painting in our gallery.

Now Showing at Gallery 1526!

Miles Davis shows at Gallery 1526

Massive Burn Studios is pleased to announce the great news! Miles Davis won “Best Technical Design” at the 2013 – Year of the Artist art event held in January at Gallery 1526. As reward for his achievement, Miles was invited to display his artwork at Gallery 1526. Through the month of February, come by the gallery to see a selection of Miles Davis originals, and click here for details on the benefit gala on February 23rd. Thank you to Melanie Pierce and Gallery 1526 for the opportunity. More news to come from Gallery 1526, so stay tuned!

Gallery 1526
1526 Dekalb Ave. NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

Hours: Mondays 9a-12p and 6p-8p
and by appointment

For more information, visit Gallery 1526 here.

A Closer Look: Spectral

Spectral, Original Painting by Miles Davis of Massive Burn Studios

When traveling from show to show, we often receive comments and questions regarding our artwork. Although ultimately, the meaning behind the paintings is up to the viewer, we’d like to use this segment to offer up some insight into a few of Miles’s paintings. Learn more about your favorite Miles Davis paintings straight from the artist. Have a further question? Have your own meaning? We’d love to hear it. Feel free to leave your comments below

For this month’s post, let’s take a closer look at “Spectral,” the first of a series of paintings where facial expressions are front and center. Miles explains his painting below.

Spectral


Spectral, Original Painting by Miles Davis of Massive Burn Studios

Spectral (cropped), Original Painting by Miles Davis of Massive Burn Studios…the color bars made the piece move in a much more emotional direction, each color shape showcasing an emotion…

Spectral is a painting I have come to refer to as a breakthrough piece. Throughout my entire portfolio, sometimes I feel like a certain piece comes along every so often and proposes a whole new direction for my artwork. Originally titled “ROY G BIV,” an acronym for the colors, the anthropomorphic qualities of the color bars made the piece move in a much more emotional direction, each color shape showcasing an emotion that can be associated with its corresponding color. The simple design of the work and power in that simplicity really seem to resonate with the viewers that have seen this piece in person. For me, the simplicity and straightforward nature was refreshing and rejuvenating, creatively. This piece has spawned a series of paintings currently referred to as the Litmus Series. I hope you enjoy.

For more information about Spectral, click here to visit our gallery.

Want to see more of the Litmus Series? Click here to see the full collection.

A Closer Look: State of the State

State of the State, artwork by Miles Davis of Massive Burn Studios

When traveling from show to show, we often receive comments and questions regarding our artwork. Although ultimately, the meaning behind the paintings is up to the viewer, we’d like to use this segment to offer up some insight into a few of Miles’s paintings. Learn more about your favorite Miles Davis paintings straight from the artist. Have a further question? Have your own meaning? We’d love to hear it. Feel free to leave your comments below.

For our inaugural post, let’s take ‘A Closer Look’ at “State of the State,” a highly-acclaimed painting from the latest series of political works. Miles explains his painting below.

State of the State


State of the State, artwork by Miles Davis of Massive Burn Studios

State of the State was a culmination of a sketch I roughly designed about a year prior to executing it on canvas. It is the same composition as another painting I had done a year before called “Laughter & Laments.”

The emotional context for “State of the State” was based in fear and hope. At the time of the sketch, I was weary of the stability of our country. It was when the US Congress was, in my opinion, holding the country and the current administration hostage with their uncompromising ways with the debt ceiling, resulting in the United States having its credit rating dropped. This created a media firestorm that ignited deep-seeded fears in the young adults around the country. There we were trying to start our adult lives, live out our dreams and make our way into parenthood and home ownership, but the Media would have you believe that our country was falling apart. It personally made my anxiety jump a few notches.

Detail displays the thirteen berries, leaves, and arrows represented in the Great Seal of the United States.

I felt portraying Uncle Sam as a Jester being lifted up by “liberty” was a direct enough symbolic approach, while staying true to bipartisanship. The bald eagle and the props utilized with it are based strictly on the actual United States Seal: there are thirteen leaves, berries and arrows symbolic of the original 13 colonies. The all seeing eye of God (or if the viewer prefers, “Big Brother”) is meant to draw the viewer in closer so they can take in the immense detail work throughout the painting, including fear mongering headlines stripped out of various newspapers and collaged in the background. Enjoy.

For more information about State of the State, click here to visit our gallery.

Necklaces

Necklace crop, Massive Burn StudiosTake your favorite artwork with you! Our paintings look great hanging on your wall, and our necklaces will look great hanging around your neck! Our handcrafted necklaces are small prints of original artwork by Miles Davis. We place them on wooden tiles and finish with a polish and silver mounting. Each pendant comes with a complementary chain for hanging. Each necklace is made by hand, so each necklace is its own unique work of art. Our necklaces make a perfect gift for any art or craft enthusiast.

Get your hands on our necklaces here.

Giclee Prints

Our giclée prints are limited edition reproductions printed using the finest media and highest quality printing process available. Our prints are printed on fine art archival paper, so it’s certain to last for lifetimes to come, and they are printed using pigmented inks, not the typical ink or toner from a general printer. We print our giclée prints in limited editions, ensuring the value of your purchase. That means if we print 100 limited edition prints of a painting, we only sell 100 prints of that painting. Once we’ve sold out, we’re out! Your giclee print will arrive hand-signed by the artist and includes the title and print number on the print itself.

Take a look at all of our available giclée prints here.

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