Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Three Birds Pooping - The Art of Al Orahood

Al Orahood is new to painting. He made his living as a sculptor during much of the 1980’s and 1990’s. Al’s first pieces were traditional Western bronzes. He then formed a new sculpting process utilizing steel rod, wire mesh, and a mixture of paper pulp and epoxy cement. The sculptures made using these materials were whimsical, many a parody of Western art. All the work was sold with over 200 unique pieces now residing in private collections.
Al, a history enthusiast, began painting recently as a means to document old neon signs located on West Colfax Avenue. There is a sense of urgency as many signs are disappearing, some being replaced by shiny new versions. Al is attempting to capture a period in history that is rapidly fading. And he is having fun while in the process.
Orahood is a fourth generation Coloradan. He spends his time restoring and riding old motorcycles and has built two hot rods: a ’37 Ford 5 window coupe and a ’40 Plymouth sedan. Currently in the works is a ’37 LaSalle. He is actively involved in the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America and The Denver Timing Association. He also loves to ski and tries to play golf. Al and his wife have three children. He is grateful for their love and support.

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