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Planting Hope with Mugshot Coffee Roasters

Echo Park in Los Angeles has many great things to offer. And one of them is Mugshot Coffee Roasters. 

Medici recently visited the java shop to “plant” some hope in the central Los Angeles neighborhood as part of his ongoing #Planthope installation.

Medici’s ongoing #PlantHope series features original “bulbs” that are used as a metaphor for planting an idea, like hope. The artist envisions passersby who see these artworks will take a photo and share it across their social platforms with the hashtag #planthope. With glow in the dark lettering, these art pieces are visible at night as well.

“You plant a bulb, and something grows,” says Medici. “Together, we all can grow hope by sharing, albeit virtually.”

Medici’s #PlantPride Recognizes LGBT+ Pride Month

This June’s Pride Month comes at a pivotal time. A coronavirus mixed with riots and mass protest may further point the country toward greater equality and justice for all.

Amid the brouhaha between Black Lives Matter and organizers of LA Pride, the latest “bulb” installation brings together both causes after a planned solidarity march failed to materialize.

#Plantpride is a temporary mixed media limited series. The concept being that if people see these “bulbs” in a public place or online, they will be inspired to share the image across social media including Instagram with the hashtag #plantpride. 

“You plant a bulb, and something grows,” Medici previously stated referring his #Planthope series. “Maybe #Plantpride can help grow both movements in the hearts and minds of people in Los Angeles and across the country.”

Vist Medici’s Instagram page at ArtofMedici for more information and to see more videos and photos of the artist’s work.


Medici’s “#Plant” Series Begins with Hope

According to, a bulb is a plant having or developing from a bulb.

Medici’s new social project involves another kind of bulb: a light bulb. According to the artist, these special edition “bulbs” are a metaphor for planting ideas such as hope and love, among others, so that they can grow, albeit virtually.   

Medici’s #PlantHope Series

The #Plant series begins with a set of nine colorful light bulbs with the hashtag #PlantHope in thick glow-in-the-dark lettering across the middle. The concept being that if people see these “bulbs” in a public place or online, they will be inspired to share the image across social media including Instagram with the hashtag #planthope.

“You plant a bulb, and something grows,” quipped Medici. “If someone sees these light ‘bulbs’ in a public garden or in a photo, perhaps they’ll share the image across their social platforms with the #planthope hashtag, and together, we can actually grow hope.”

Medici plans to “plant” other bulbs with varying messages and suggests to “be on the lookout” across Los Angeles County and beyond.

“I myself have to work hard to find hope in all that’s going on in the world, especially now that COVID-19 has overwhelmed all of us,” added Medici. “Maybe this project can help those like me replace the fear and isolation with hope and inspiration.”

Two of Medici’s Works Reach Finals in Fusion Arts…

The new year has gotten off to a pretty good start for Medici.

Aside from completing new pieces, such as Calm (48” x 24” acrylic on canvas), as well as the initial phase of his upcoming “#Plant” series, two of Medici’s works were chosen for inclusion in Fusion Arts online competitions.

Medici’s Families Upside Down at Santa Monica Art Studios.

Medici’s Families Upside Down, an amalgamation of three separate pieces totaling 12 individual panels (acrylic on canvas, 22” x 18”), was chosen as a finalist in Fusion Art’s 4th Annual Colors Online Juried Art Exhibition held this month.

“Putting yourself ‘out there’ is always a little uncomfortable,” says Medici, who continues his “Venture in Vulnerability,” the title of his first show held in late 2018.

Fusion Arts’ website hosts uniquely themed monthly and quarterly solo and group art competitions and exhibitions, while providing artists with worldwide exposure and the opportunity to compete for additional exhibition opportunities and awards.

Black Rain (38″ x 40″ acrylic on canvas.

Last month, Black Rain (mixed media, acrylic on canvas, 38” x 40”) was chosen as a finalist for Fusion Arts’ 5th Annual Artist’s Choice Online Juried Art Exhibition.

“It doesn’t matter if you are entering an international competition or showing a new piece privately, there’s always some level of vulnerability there,” adds Medici.

Visit Medici’s online gallery at ArtofMedici to check out his latest works.

Medici’s Rage Sign of the Times

Constructed in his own “Dexter” room, Medici’s “Rage” captures the artist’s own inner struggle with the emotion, but also gives a nod to society’s current temperament.

The 48″ x 48″ acrylic on canvas abstract painting shows the progression of an underlying siege of fury that can erupt at a moment’s notice.

A peek at Medici’s “Dexter” room during the painting of “Rage.”

“The process started out pretty intense but ultimately became more cathartic as the piece moved toward completion,” said Medici.

Medici fabricated a 6′ x 6′ fully enclosed plastic chamber to paint “Rage” using a combination of aggressive splatter techniques.

“Having my own ‘Dexter’ room was a lot of fun,” quipped Medici. “It certainly was functional and there was so much paint all over. But it did provide a perspective I don’t think I could have achieved without it.”

“Rage” (48″ x 48″)

Medici’s “Rage” is art imitating life in its truest form, serving as a reminder of the dangers of deep rooted anger when it takes hold in the minds and hearts of people.

Medici’s Ode to Spectrum Inspired by Ellsworth Kelly

George Medici’s first impression of Ellsworth Kelly’s Spectrum V was profound to say the least.

Medici first came across Kelly’s 1969 13-panel iconic color field painting as a college student when he worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, decades before he produced his first work.

Medici’s Ode to Spectrum pays homage to American painter and sculptor Ellsworth Kelly.

“I wasn’t interested in making art while I was in college,” quipped Medici. “But I was surrounded by all of the historic works at The Met and naturally gravitated to the Modern Art wing where I first saw Kelly’s Spectrum V series. Needless to say I was mesmerized at first sight.”

Inspired by Kelly’s work, Medici introduced Ode to Spectrum, a seven-panel acrylic on canvas series. The 2′ X 4′ textured paintings layer in multiple shades of each color throughout the light spectrum.

“I didn’t realize it was fifty years ago Spectrum V was first introduced,” added Medici. “Maybe it is coincidence or serendipitous. Ode to Spectrum pays homage to this great artist who continues to inspire me.”

Redwood Finally Hangs in NYC

One of the artist’s first commissioned works, Redwood (acrylic on canvas, 44″ x 64″ x 3″), is now proudly displayed in a New York City home.

Redwood in New York City

The artwork was shipped from Los Angeles in the fall of last year to Medici’s long-time friend and former business partner.

Remodeling kept the abstract piece in storage until last week, when the artist visited his home town in New York.

“Not only did I get to visit a best friend but I helped hang the actual artwork,” quipped Medici. “There’s something so fulfilling about seeing your painting hang on someone’s wall. And having the buyer say it brings them so much job is wonderfully indescribable.”

The artwork represents Medici’s recent desire to have more texture in his paintings, evident in other works such as Tree on a Cloudy Day, Lava Sky and his Elements series.

Dashboard Auctioned Off for a Good Cause

Medici’s 2017 mixed media Dashboard was featured in a silent auction to raise money for a Los Angeles-based charter school.

The artist donated the artwork after it received rave reviews during his most recent show, “Venture in Vulnerability,” which was held at Santa Monica Art Studios.

“I love the energy the piece gives off,” said the painting’s new owner. “This is my first real piece of artwork I own and thrilled to have won it in the bidding process. The school is focused on the arts so the proceeds are going to a good cause.”

Dashboard (38″ x 26″) was created to be hung vertically or horizontally, allowing viewers to experience two different perspectives.

Spring Too Late Is Meant to Be

For a lover of flowers and art, Spring Too Late was the perfect addition to this executive’s office in Woodland Hills, Calif.

Medici’s acrylic on canvas depicts the dichotomy between the beauty of spring and a polluted earth. Nearly 2,000 individual placed “stickers” and a distressed black mist simulate a black rain effect in this 2017 mixed media artwork.

“It [Spring Too Late] makes me happy every time I enter my office,” said Laurie, who has a propensity for flowers as evident by her office decor. “The painting it just me. I love it.”

The artist spent two months to complete the piece in various stages.

Che Palle! Still on Display in Santa Monica

Good news! Medici’s Che Palle! is still on display at Santa Monica Art Studios this weekend.

Gallery hours are Saturday 12-9 (Oct. 20) and Sunday 12-5 (Oct. 21).

The studio is celebrating its 14th annual “open house” featuring many other artists and a main exhibition in its Arena1 Gallery.

Che Palle! (pictured right) took nearly two years to complete, and is comprised of 918 balls within a massive plexiglass hanging structure.

Stop by the studios this Saturday and Sunday and meet George Medici in person.