Why should I be a featured story in the CNN lifestyle section?
My name is Irrix Screen. I am 51 years young. I live in white plains NY. I had a store in the west village, NYC. Two years ago I moved my shop to the tip of the island of Manhattan, in the now developing South Street Seaport. I have been a collected artist, for over four years now worldwide. My whole life I have always been creative. I started out with my love of photography, and poetry. Photography taught me that light creates movement, atmosphere, and personality, in all things around us. Photography encouraged me to see all the creativity that most people overlook in our every day life. And poetry forces me to take a deep look into my soul. My poetry speaks in absence of my verbal words. When I write I often feel every bit of my loneliness, or happiness. I feel despair, and the deepest love romance could ever conjure up. I feel friendship, is true, and honest. Though it was not until painting found it's way into my life that truly defined me as an collected artist. When I had my shop in Greenwich Village, I painted on a small 8 x 10 canvas, just something to decorate my shop with. My shop in the West Village was a T-shirt shop, with all original artworks of my designs. My T-shirts always sold very well, they are all one-of-a-kind pieces. I never thought of myself as a painter. One day a
woman from Australia came into my shop, and said, I really like that painting! how much? I was taken by surprise! I had no idea how much to charge for the painting. So I blurted out! One hundred dollars! Delighted, the customer said, I will take it! It is going back to Australia with me. Can I take a picture with you she asked. Again, I was totally caught off guard. Of course I said absolutely! That night, I said to my wife; honey I sold a painting! we smiled, and thought that was just dumb luck. So to replace the painting I sold, I created another painting, another 8 x 10. It seems almost as quick as I put it out on display in my store, this gentleman from Italy asked me, how much for the painting? I blurted out $135 again I had no idea what to charge for my painting. He said I will take it! And asked if I could take a photo with me holding up the painting. Humbly I said of course. From that point on, I have been selling paintings. It all started in 2012. Fast forwarding to today. I have won the best of Manhattan award for three years straight. Highlighting smaller galleries, concentrated mostly on the community that surrounds me in NYC. I have resent it in Art Basel in Miami from 2014 to 2015 I am always told that I have a unique signature, in my technique of creating paintings. Truth be told, I cannot draw! Though I can create my ass off! I never sketch anything out. I believe truly, that there is no mistakes in art. I've been told that my artwork has a Jean Michel Basquiat, meets Keith Herring, meets Norman Lewis. Mixed in with some Australian Aboriginal creativity. With all of this information about my artwork, the question from you still remains...
Why should I be a featured story in the CNN lifestyle section?
Well let me answer that question, with some very awesome people from all around the world that I have met in my creative journey.
Let the fun begin!
These are written statements from people all around the world: ☺
From: Mary Claire Bergen (Colorado )
For me Art is a form of personal expression.Each artist, each piece of art, holds a different meaning for each person who sees it, touches it, or hears it. When I see your work, I see something that has come from your heart. Your designs are as individual as you are. You put your heart and soul into everything you create. To me you are a true Artist. You live and breathe to create. Each piece tells a story, a story of how it came to be..You have a gift that enables you to bring your thoughts and feelings to life. I am honored to call you my friend and I really hope you are able to share your gift with everyone..
From: Hnin Nu (New York)
Irrix, I'm not someone who can draw very well but to come across your creations has brought an interest in art. I am pleasantly surprised and would love to see more unique works of yours. Best of luck on CNN. Hope my review helped. ☺️
From: Teresa Isabel Hernandez (Florida)
I remember how excited you were when you fisrt spoke about opening your art shop. Your artistic work is beyond AMAZING!!! Your work is inspiring, unique and you are a true visionary! Continue to embrace us with your bold and naturalistic pieces... Your art ROCKS!!
From: Iva Voden (Bulgaria / New York)
I own a beautiful painting made by Irrix. I love that painting, because it speaks to me, the personal message reaches out and comes alive. All of his artwork has life, and touches your soul. Looking at each one of them carry unique interpretations, telling stories and making you believe in what's being expressed within. I am always left with wanting to unravel more into his never-ending story and continue to enjoy his untold art pieces trough his exceptional art skills and imagination.
From: Xiaoxiao Wu
When I say "Irrix is drawing", I mean "he's picturing his heart and spirit". I like the jeans and coats that he created. He dares to destroy first, then gives them a second life.
-- Xia oxiao
From: Mildred Blackburn (Florida)
Irrix Screen artwork is unique, but very eye catching and appealing. No two piece of are the same. He does a wide variety of paintings, t shirts, hats etc.The designer put his whole heart into his work. When you leave his shop, you'll leave with a special piece of artwork and a beautiful story. Awesome artist! I think he should be featured in the lifestyle section of CNN news so people can know about him and see for themselves the wonderful, creative things he does.
From: Mark Heath (Boise Idaho)
First of all, I'd like to say congratulations I hope everything works out for you my friend. So I haven't known you that long but I can say your one hell of a talented guy who is humble and supportive. Your are artwork is amazing and I'm honored to be your friend. I wish you the best off luck and I hope this helps. Peace and respect.
From: Ken Honoré
Irrix Screen Screams An Artsy Lifestyle
How can I make it plain CNN Lifestyles Section? The jolly-filled entrepreneur we know as Mr. Irrix Screen a.k.a D.U.O has touched the hearts and souls of many who has witnessed his aspirations unfold. This remarkable specimen who has dedicated his life being to the arts has been an inspiration to others to fulfill their passions and allow them to influence other to do the same. It has been more than a decade since I first met Mr. Irrix Screen and to this day, I couldn't thank him enough for helping me develop my own style and understanding of art. Without his direction, I wouldn't have found my passion which is being a full-time Videographer/Photographer. We all know capturing an image is a form of art. I am writing this letter as a sincere recommendation. If you would open your hearts to the idea of letting Mr. Screen be featured in CNN's Lifestyle section I am sure that his background and experience would make an impact to anyone who inspired to take his or her craft above and beyond.
Ken Honore (Direct Kenx Media)
From: Tammie Bryant
(Huntington Woods Michigan)
Why should you be featured in the CNN Lifestyle magazine?
IRRIX or DUO is an art force! Everytime we visit New York, stopping by IRRIX's shop is always on our to do list. We pick out a new t-shirt to take back with us to Detroit. It is a one of a kind experience that only New York does best! XOXO Tammie & Shane How's that?
From: Jezza Screen (Pickwick Mississippi)
Irrix's art should be featured on CNN as its not your average art. This shizzle comes straight from the heart and connects with everyones heart!! Its as deep and meaningful as you want it to be. Not only can you hang his artwork on your wall, you can wear it as well. Irrix is a great ambassador for Artists of all backgrounds, and I am proud to know him. If he was a Chef then his art would translate into every meal possible. Get his art on your show and you will have a great talker, thinker and giver.
From: Cristina Taranu (New York)
I love my one of a kind hand painted jackets by Irrix. Every time I wear them I get so many compliments. People stop me on the street admiring them and asking me where I got then. They are all true unique pieces of wearable art.
From: Linda Hall
(Nottingham, United Kingdom)
Irrix your an exceptional artist. You paint with emotions. The jacket I bought reached out to me . The Angel painted on the back is so beautiful. Your art work reaches out to all age groups funky street graffiti. ..to demons of the mind and angels of the hart . I only wish I lived in New York so i could fill my house with your wonderful work . ...ha and of course my wardrobe with more vintage jackets. . Good luck from the UK ... you deserve it xxxx
From: Lisa Halliburton (Queens, New York)
When you think of art and NYC, Irrix comes to mind. He in bodies all aspects of art poetry, paintings, photography and clothing. It's time the rest of the world sees what all his friends already know, That he is a amazing artist and equally amazing person!!
From: Christopher Hood (New York)
Irrix Screen is a great artist- his artwork is a collaboration of ideas and reflects the kind of person he is. With the works I own you see influences of great artists in our modern era- haring, basquiat. It incorporates ingenious symbology with a contemporary rhetoric. You feel the emotion that he himself reflects physically.
From: Antasha Kristianne
Eclectic and imaginative are the two descriptors that come to mind when I think of Irrix and his artwork. He transforms previously love and unloved pieces by breathing life into their slowly decaying parts, thereby rejuvinating their life, love and energy. His hands, eyes and mind work in union to visualize, feel and execute one of a kind pieces that are both intimate and inclusive.
I was at his shop a month ago when a purple hand-painted t-shirt with various symbols seemed to call my name. Its implicit messages as delivered to my mind and heart were provocative and inspiring. No words were needed to communicate its meaning, namely that we are all interconnected through love, life and the human experience. And as one day passes into a next, we realize how important each and every person, role and experience is. Be connected. Live connected. Love connected.
From: Tina Henriksen (D e n m a r k )
Irrix Screen's amazing artwork should be featured in CNN's lifestyle section because it is unlike anything I have ever seen. Irrix Screen has a very significant and very recognizable brush, and by painting on clothes he litterally brings his uniqe pjeces of art closer to people. It is impossible not to be moved by the sensitivity in Irrix's work, and by wearing his art we are reminded about what matters in life: It's all about love
- Tina Henriksen, Denmark
From: Karen Seiger
Irrix Screen is as talented as he is charismatic, I was first drawn in by his artwork, which looks to me like a mix of urban graffiti, Haitian art, and ancient cave drawings. What has kept me coming back are the stories and meanings Irrix imbues into his art. And he is happy to tell you all the stories, and his enthusiasm is contagious. He paints and draws on everything, from canvases and paper, to hats and jackets, to chairs and walls, and even the shopping bags he provides - anything within eyeshot is fair game for Irrix's Sharpies. You can take home a piece of beautiful art, and you will also take home a new friend for life. So with all of that said, and wiping the tears from my eyes for the last 45 minutes, while reading these wonderful words. From these amazing people. Why would Irrix Screen like the chance to be featured on CNN. Perhaps it's because I'd like to get the chance another world, and introduce myself.
Hi! I'm Irrix Screen. I rescue old vintage clothing from being cast off, and being destroyed. Believe in second chance for clothing, and doing my part for the environment, meaning... The clothes I rescue gets a second chance in life. They're beautiful pieces to begin with, I hand-picked each piece. It's also truly an art form in picking just the right vintage piece to be painted. The pieces I pick are 15 to 20 years old. The clothes just fit better back then, and had so much more character. I truly believe that, every art piece I have done, already has a home. It just hasn't met the owner yet. Once upon a time, New York had character! It was edgy, risqué! 20 years ago walking around Manhattan was like a never ending fashion show. Plenty of times, you'd be like, I would never wear that! though it looks really good on that person!!! Punk rock! Hip-Hop! Grunge! Ska! Heavy-metal! Today, you have only the big box stores mostly! Everyone looks like they shopped at the same place! It's no longer about individuality, or unique styles. Now a days, people dress for status attention.
Why choose me for CNN's lifestyle section.
Well, I will leave that question right there on the table for you to decide. ☺
Either way. I appreciate your attention to this letter. Thank you for your valuable time. And, if you are ever in South Street Seaport, please look me up! It's easy, I am honestly the only Irrix Screen in the world! Lol! No seriously! I am! I will have artwork waiting for you. Pinky swear! ☺
Very respectfully, Irrix Screen
Mobile: 914-400-6258 Email: email@example.com
Oh and by the way! The name of my company is:
D.U.O GEAR AKA D.U.O
D.U.O stands for:
Because everything that was underground was much more realistic! Please feel free to check out my Facebook page: Irrix
And my Instagram page: Irrix
And my Twitter page: @DUOGEAR
Also please feel free to check out some of my websites: www.irrix.com
One afternoon a few weeks ago when I was on my way to a gallery in Tribeca for an Artist friend's opening reception, I got the feeling that I needed to take the PATH train to Christopher Street and walk downtown instead of doing what made the most logical sense and taking the train to the World Trade Center. I've gotten to know by now that when I listen to that inner voice that tells me where and when and how to go somewhere I'm listening to the prompting of the Holy Spirit, the highest power there is and one that is always leading every one of us if we can just tune out some of the voices that would tell us we're being silly to do something that is going out of our way and tune into the frequency that knows the best way for us to go. I love thrift store shopping, and some of my favorite thrift stores are near the Christopher Street stop, so I left a bit early and planned the route. As I began to walk down Hudson Street, I saw an outdoor market set up in front of a school I know well. I've walked that way many times and I used to live right around the corner for many years, and I'd never seen an outdoor market there before except for one time when some of the students were hosting a fund raiser. But this was a very different kind of market - school was not in session and the vendors seemed very professional, and as I looked at the different tables and saw the jewelry and clothing and home goods for sale I was impressed. Each person had a very high quality of artisanal products, and because I am always interested in the work that artists and designers are doing, I spoke with each one on my way down the block. Just before I reached the corner I saw a table filled with artwork that drew me in, and the artist sitting there seemed in some way familiar. As I looked at the artwork, he said, "Welcome to my world," and I knew somehow that my own world would be forever changed.
Irrix Screen is a graphic artist who founded D.U.O Gear in 2011. He had already completed projects for clients such as The Wu Tang Clan and Red Dragon Music, and his unique and deeply personal abstract creations had gained respect and admiration. He was receiving requests for shirts, jackets and hats with his designs, and as he began to envision D.U.O. Gear, he had an epiphany stemming from the original D.U.O. ideology of 1999. In his words, "D.U.O. Gear should stand for the people. Not for those who try to impress everyone, turn the heads of the opposite sex and let their egos run wild. It was, and still is, about staying true to your core. It's about bathing in the greatness that is you, and letting words of the the neigh sayers fall to the side, like water off the side of a cliff. It's about being at one with the world, and more importantly, yourself. That's why D.U.O. Gear®'s slogan is Strength In Peace!®"
In an interview in 2016 with Sara Nardea of Letage Magazine, he states, “Through my whole life I have been a creative and an artist. I can remember, as far back as when I was five years old, knowing that I was an artist. I always colored within the lines in my coloring books, and I always had an eye for color blending. Throughout my life I’ve been creating. It was either in my teen years through photography, and poetry, then as the computer age crept up on us, more sophisticated programs allowed me to create within the field of graphic design/computer art. In my early 30’s, I followed my passion to create awesome illustrations, and images through programs like Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. I attended Parsons, New School For Social Research, and I am also an alumni of the School of Visual Arts."
He also attended Iona College in New Rochelle New York, studying business, with a minor in marketing, and after graduating he was offered a job at Apple Computer, as an ASC/Apple Computer consultant. He goes on to describe that, "This was my corporate job, and for the most part this position introduced me to myself. I learned that I am not a corporate person. With the help of being laid off in 2011 from Apple, I was forced to move on, and live my passion, and to do what I was born to do. Create art works! Looking back, I remember envying those who could paint. I tried to paint once, and I did not like it at all, not the painting part, but there was no real concept, I just wanted to paint. Now moving forward, to go back to 2011, when I got laid off. You know sometimes things are done for a reason, well the universe makes no mistakes. It is at this point of transition, when I truly started to find out who I was without being led by the occupations I once lived by; simply put I could think for myself now. . . . How I started my clothing line, and becoming a designer collected worldwide, well it started as simply as doing weekend shows at art markets, selling T-shirts. Each one of my designs are original one-of-a-kind pieces . . . . I started selling shirts on the weekend, at an art market in Chelsea. The name of my company is: D.U.O GEAR, D.U.O for short. D.U.O stands for: Da.Underground.Organization. Anything that was underground was always more authentic, didn’t matter if it was music, art, anything that was raw talent I gravitate towards. People at the beginning, and even now see my work, and will sometimes say, it has a Jean-Michel Basquiat feel to it, or some say Keith Haring, others may say Norman Lewis. Though whoever views my artwork always says, although your artwork has a feel of these great artists, still your artwork stands apart as original . . . . My artworks, either on T-shirts or paintings are now collected globally. I received awards, best of Manhattan for the last three years for small business art gallery . . . no matter how successful, or where my art takes me, I will never be a celebrity, let me explain. I am a person that creates, art is to be shared. The true celebrities are the people who appreciate, and support emerging artists. They are the ones to be celebrated! If it wasn’t for the arts supporters no one would know us for what we do, and the passion behind it. I am just an artist, surrounded by celebrities, that take me from point A to point B. My goal is to help others, and if I could do that in a creative way through my art works, well that works for me.” For the full text of the article, please see http://www.letagemagazine.com/irrix-screen/
And these are not just words. Irrix Screen lives by the words he speaks, sharing his art and his inspiration freely with anyone who takes a moment in time to enter his world. That day on Hudson Street when I stopped by his table, he began to speak to me about his work, using words that spoke directly to a very deep part of my soul. It is very rare that I've experienced that, someone who has a message that can heal a weary heart and calm a troubled mind. After describing some of his work, he pointed to a drawing on paper and asked me what I thought of it. It was beautiful, and I said so, and he handed it to me saying, "Take it, it's yours." I was so moved I was nearly speechless, but it was such a beautiful gift that I didn't want it to get damaged during the rest of my afternoon and evening, and so I got myself together enough to ask if he had anything to protect it. He reached for a white paper bag, and began to draw on it, describing in detail as he drew what each section and symbol represented, each word touching a chord so deep in me that I began to cry. But I was smiling too, because of the pure beauty of the divine moment I was experiencing, and he said, "See, that smile? That right there is what makes the art worthwhile."
The next day I posted the piece and the bag he'd drawn for me on Instagram, and he responded so beautifully and gratefully that I was again amazed and moved. I had already thought that I wanted to get in touch with him to see if I could write a blog post, and when I asked him if that would be possible, he was so welcoming that we arranged it for the following week. I took a train up to Stamford, Connecticut to see his shop and studio where he is located in the Art of Framing store owned by the wonderful Manuel Chagas, and from the moment we walked in the door the afternoon went from one magical and inspiring moment to the next. The art work is gorgeous, and he is also creating one of a kind pieces of clothing from vintage and reclaimed materials. I am very careful with my own budget from necessity, but I could have bought everything in the shop. It was an incredible afternoon, with Manuel Chagas as a gracious and welcoming host, and marvelous Artist and builder Michael John Santoro and the wonderful Entrepreneur Leroy Webber stopping by, sharing stories, talking about art, history, and life. When I got home I posted a group photo that was taken by Manuel Chagas, and the next morning I posted some videos of Irrix talking while drawing, creating another one of a kind piece for each guest and leaving us all with words and inspiration to live by. Irrix responded to my posts with his beautiful words of thanks and gratitude, and then left this poem on my page:
The night is filled, with broken hearts, ♥️ broken glass, and unresolved, differences. love is a book, filled with secrets, written in, invisible ink. I have come to realize, that nothing matters; but time. Old age, will not kill an artist; though love ♥️ will.
When did we get to old, to smile. Why do we not have that same look of love ♥️ in our eyes, as we did, when we first, fell in love, with one another. How is it that, loneliness embraces sadness, in the presence of a crowded world. �� Why is it that we forget to love ourselves, for the fear of losing those, who pick, and choose love at their convenience.
In truth, sometimes, I feel so; dead �� inside; as if I could no longer breed poetry; for my emotions, are being crushed by the weight of despair, as my heart disintegrates; decaying; withering away; forever lost; and then I think of you; and I know, my life is reserved to protect you; from sadness, fear, and the thought that; you are average. You, are; spectacular, in every way. The night is filled, with broken hearts, ♥️ broken glass, and unresolved differences, though remember; Sometimes, the enlightened path, is the darkest road. When you find yourself; questioning life's journey; it is then; when the awakening, to the path of consciousness occurs. One thing for certain, we are all meshed up, to some degree. I love ♥️ you. Always! ~ Irrix Screen
When we had been talking at his studio and shop, he had shared this poem with me:
I have found that the soul rests better in the day, than at night. The night provokes, the prowling mind; quite; Listen to my thoughts, they are solely of you. An Artists mind fascinates, mystifies, and intrigues, through emotions, and torrents that rage, like a sun storm, through an abandoned lighthouse. I know I love you, and yet; I am uncertain, of your alluring enchantment, surrounding my heart. I do, love you; I have always; loved you. Feasting on romance, I am happy to facilitate you, with a well, of pure lavished admiration to where I am humbly yours to command. No, I am not weak, by any means; I trust you, like no other in this world; I trust you with my heart. The time is now, of a new day; and like many days, before this one; my days always begin, and end with; I love ❤️ you. �� Until the end of my days; I will love; only you.
~ Irrix Screen
And when he emailed it to me, his signature included these words which were also on the walls of his studio and shop:
“Art Forces Us To: Ask questions, have an opinion, evoke emotions, to look around us and inside ourselves, take action, unite, love, think, remember, create, learn… art has no boundaries!” ~ Irrix Screen
It is hard to add anything to words as beautiful as that, so I'll leave you here with some images of the beautiful and life changing artwork of Irrix Screen.
Irrix Screen At His Beautiful D.U.O. Gear Art And Design Shop In The Marvelous Manuel Chagas' Art Of Framing 67 High Ridge Road Stamford, Connecticut www.framingct.com
Banksy delivery truck in BrooklynBanksy delivery truck which holds his artwork named Eden-esque garden left the Columbia warehouse facility at 6PM, drove trough Williamsburg, Brooklyn into 6 avenue and 21 street to pick up another occupant, than headed to Bleecker and Thompson streets in Greenwich Village to park (illegally parked on hydrant) here for an hour to let the onlookers admire his artwork. Graffiti artist IRRIX aka "DUO" marked the truck with his own artwork. One of his latest artwork, a truck packed with stuffed animals that made rounds around the city in the last few days was spotted leaving this facility. Banksy is a pseudonymous England-based graffiti artist, political activist, film director, and painter. His satirical street art and subversive epigrams combine dark humour with graffiti done in a distinctive stencilling technique. Pictured: Banksy
20 November 2017
A Versatile Look At: Artist / Designer Irrix Screen
Take another view of this versatile New York Artist / Designer,
Irrix Screen was born in Port Chester, New York, though was raised primarily in New Rochelle New York.
Irrix Screen, a graphic artist, founded D.U.O GEAR® in 2011. As an accomplished artist, he had already completed projects for clients such as The Wu Tang Clan & Red Dragon Music. Irrix has always had a very unique artistic view, which has helped him stand apart from the others. With a love for the abstract, he has gained the attention and respect of everyone who has had the opportunity to see his creations. In 2014 Irrix Screen won "The Best Of Manhattan Art Gallery Award. The accolades kept coming, along with requests for his designs on shirts, jackets and hats. As anyone would, he started to notice that fate had opened a door to him that could not be ignored.
Irrix's painting career was a happy accident. Irrix has a t-shirt store and to decorate it, Irrix started painting on some canvas to decorate his store. One day an Australian lady walked in and really loved it his artwork. At first Irrix thought it was his t-shirts she was loving, but then Irrix found out it was his painting. The lady asked, “How much for the painting?” Irrix was stunned! Irrix just gave her the first thing that came to his mind, which was a 100 dollars. She was delighted with the price. Irrix was happy someone liked his painting. The next week Irrix did another piece, and the same thing happened, an Italian man walked in and bought his art, this time Irrix charged a little more. Now Irrix's artwork and paintings are in galleries all over the world from Belgium, Milan, Singapore, Kuwait, Germany and that’s just to name a few.
Irrix's artwork has been compared to Keith Harring, meets Jean-Michel Basquiat, meets Australian Aboriginal art, meets Jackson Pollock.
Irrix went to Parson The New School for graphic design, SVA School of Visual Arts, and the German School of photography. Irrix also attended IONA COLLEGE for business with a minor in marketing.
The economy of 2011 was turbulent, and ended up shaking the country to it's core. Irrix was not immune to this, as he was laid off from work during the fall of that year. Without any hesitation, pain turned to pleasure, despair turned to drive and D.U.O GEAR® was born out of that desire. A second coming to the original D.U.O ideology from 1999, he had an epiphany. This revelation was rooted in the idea that D.U.O GEAR® should stand for the people. Not for those who want to try to impress everyone, turn the heads of the opposite sex, and let their ego's run wild. It was, and still is, about staying true to your core. It's about bathing in the greatness that is you, and letting the words of the neigh sayers fall to the side like water off the side of a cliff. It's about being at one with the world, and more importantly, yourself.
That's why D.U.O GEAR®'s slogan is: Strength in Peace!®