Jump the golden gate club 24"x 30"
The celebration of the ending of
This painting was concieved in 1980
when i first moved to san francisco
and i heard on the news something
about the 1000th jumper off the
most famous bridge for suicide in the
world. This piece was born, but first
before that i did another painting
in 1977 called "Jump George"
shown below that was my first jump
painting about my new beginning, I
graduated from college in 1977. I was
embarking on a new journey of life.
Jumping into the city.
then 3 years later the inspiration came
living in san francisco for a year or so
coming up with an ending life scenario.
a beginning and an ending. my work
has always been about the celebration
of life. but for some reason I came up
with this concept done in a primitive
and a naive way of a jumping figure into
the bay. I thought it was a good graphic
a pretty image albeit a darker side of the
human condition. i was a young man
of 25 kind of a wise guy. i thought it was
kind of funny, sad but a fun depiction
of a desperate situation. it was my own
personal piece of lifes observation.
Then one day i entered this silly little
picture in the first annual competition
of the Sausalito Art festival American Icon
And it won an honorable mention, no
money award or anything, rather i felt
just a joke, artists making pretty pictures
of the golden gate bridge kind of boring
if you ask me, but hey ya never know
what someone will come up with. To tell
the truth i was never even going to
enter this painting into the contest, I was
to lazy,it needed a touch up, why bother,
but, oh my girlfriend
kept bugging me, "oh you got to enter
this ,it's an important piece" yea yea yea
like who cares. so a long story short
I entered it paid my 20 bucks. what
happens i win this insignificant honorable
mention , oh great big deal no money
I figure well if I enter this piece, the rules
say that it will get internet exposure to
all entrants, well 20 bucks a little extra
exposure okay I am good with that.
to be continued...
This is a link to the TV spot of me and the
Sausalito representative and also the
Independant Journal Article