got art?

The always charming Annie posted a piece of original art that’s hanging on her wall and wondered who else hung original art. (Children’s art doesn’t count. Hanging that is obligatory.) Here are a few pieces in my home. None of them have a stylistic relationship. It’s a hodgepodge.

I received this oil on canvas from Artisté Florenza as a birthday present. This was an Asian food store near my apartment where I lived in Brooklyn. It was called, I kid you not, the FU KING FOOD SHOP on Atlantic Avenue. You can’t make this stuff up. The store next to it is the fictitious Mr. Mark’s Cleaners (that’s me) and the signs in the window read Happy Birthday Mark. The address is 28. It was my 28th birthday and that was a long, long time ago. That’s my shadow darkening the lower left corner, not the painting.


I bought this for myself in Union Square, NYC. It’s Japanese gouache and ink mounted on silk. Mrs. wife isn’t that crazy about it but she lets me hang it because, as you well know, marriage is a give-and-take.


My artist friend Jeff Suntala gave this to us as a wedding gift. It’s a charcoal sketch from one of his classes. The colors are more vibrant than what appears here but I was too lazy to take it off the wall to photograph in better lighting. Sorry, Jeff.


This is a triptych that I took of 7-Year Old Daughter when she was a baby pulling herself up on our coffee table.



10 thoughts on “got art?

  1. Love the triptych. I’ve already listed the artwork on my walls over at annie’s so I won’t repeat it here. Except to once again point people in the direction of this artist whose work does grace two walls in my apartment

  2. I ate often at Fu King and the cajun restaurant a few steps away that was downstairs from the mosque run by the “Blind Sheik” (1st WTC bombing). I lived around the corner and a few blocks East on the corner of Bergen and Flatbush from 87 to 90, at which point I moved to Grand St. in Billyburg, opening a whole new chapter…. Undoubtedly we know some folks in common. Ever go to Minor Injury or the Ship’s Mast in Wmsbrg? There was also a hell of an old-time sailors bar about twenty blocks South of the Fu King/towards the water on Atlantic I can’t remember the name of… and do you remember “Kansas Fried Chicken” on Flatbush?

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