Miami-based visual artist Patrick Willard, aka W4, creates unique art with his personal collection of thousands of rock concert ticket stubs, backstage passes and VIP laminates, which capture a million magical moments from a lifetime spent traveling the world as a music journalist and television personality.
“These artifacts reflect thousands of unique musical events that collectively trace the arc of my personal and professional life”, explained W4.
With the idea of preserving and sharing these moments with his friends, W4 decided to integrate them into a series of graphic art pieces reflecting his own unique and personal style. The works quickly developed a collector and fan base igniting global exhibitions in cities including New York, Paris, Miami and more.
Each of the artist’s creations is printed as a series of 8, every piece is signed and incorporates W4’s treasured concert tickets, backstage passes, hidden hippos, various symbols and a trail of Hindu writing. “I like the Hindi calligraphy, it means ‘World of Lyrics’.”
The artist exhibited with Irreversible Projects during Art Basel in Miami Dec.2-6, 2015 at SPECTRUM Miami Art Fair for Miami Art Week. W4’s current exhibition LIFE is on view at Silvana Facchini Gallery in the Wynwood Arts District through March, 2016.
This exhibit conveys the deeper meaning and symbolism of the objects and images within the work, reflecting W4’s feelings, past and present. The gallery is located at 1929 NW 1st Avenue in Miami, Florida 33136.
The artist also has work on display at Walt Grace Vintage Gallery in the Wynwood Arts District. “Walt Grace Vintage brings class to the neighborhood,” says The Daily Wood. “It’s the kind of combination you’ve never thought of, but works together so beautifully. Cars and guitars. Walt Grace Vintage is bringing the neighborhood class and pizazz with its impeccable collection of vintage cars and perfectly crafted guitars.”
It’s no wonder Patrick Willard’s artwork dons the walls of Walt Grace Vintage – W4’s motorcycle and guitar collages parallel the essence of the venue’s style and theme and offer a unique pop art experience at 224 NW 27th Street in Miami, Florida 33127.