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“The iconography of their work can be divided  into two categories: the portraits of celebrities and heroes of everyday life, and the colorful flowerscapes of canvas I would sometimes see tied like pirate flags to random fences in the Clinton Hill/Fort Greene area. Blending the two subjects in recent years, the unifying characteristic of their work is a concentrated use of color, patterns and precision, a minimalist tendency that favors the clear and bold note over that of an erratic symphony. As the married couple will admit, their debt to Pop Art and graphic design is evident, but in a strange way, their paintings have always reminded me of the stained glass windows of Frank Lloyd Wright, or what he might have created had he spent his life under a California sun, listening to hip hop with a book of poetry in one hand and a glossy magazine in the other.”

'For Brand US, giving Picasso a re-mix isn’t just about copying or paying homage to the greatest artist of the 20th century. It’s about being an artist today.  “As an artist, Picasso is the door that you have to walk through, and it’s the work that you have to process,” Ms. O’Neill said.  Processing Picasso, however, is not an easy process, added Mr. Martin.  “It’s a surreal door to walk through,” he said. “There was that initial, ‘What if we mess up?’ and then we let go of that and said, ‘Let’s attack, and try to make something beautiful."'

'Given the general mood of enthusiasm and excitement, it seemed that Ms. O’Neill and Mr. Martin had succeeded in their mission.  “These are the people in my neighborhood and it’s kind of remarkable to have them developed as icons,” said Pritha RaySirear, who was one the first guests to arrive, even though her face was not hanging on a wall. “These people aren’t famous, they’re just people, and I think there’s something really extraordinary about that.”'