I was originally called in to create something like a penit in the basement of what used to be J.F.K's favorite restaurant in an area known as Boston Commons. One famous partner in the ownership group is David "Big Papi" Ortiz. It was cool getting to meet him. The ambiance now feels like a raw graffiti space artistically refined with layers of delicate accents. Campaign posters from iconic politicians from the area as well as tags from legendary local writers tie the artwork to the community.
A couple of years later, the same client called me back. They were opening a new spot named "Ruka" in the ground floor of the Godrey Hotel. I painted a lychee root from Thailand that spent it's life submerged in water. It's spending it's afterlife hanging from their ceiling. I also painted a mural that portrays the many dimensions you don't see with a typical portrait. The only real direction they gave me is to use some bright colors. I did so without going overboard. The concept is that the art, ceiling and food are going to be the only places with strong color in the space. Everything else is wood and concrete.
Oberhausen Marketing and PR contacted us to help design the aesthetic for the restaurant. From the original mood board to the final space photos, the artwork created for Chef Bee's restaurant on Miami Beach was meticulously conceived and executred. I flew to Thailand to do research partially paid for by this job. The idea was to create an urban chic aesthetic, that is authentically Thai. From the original oil painting of the first Miss Thai universe, to the weathered drawings of Chef's mother in a custom south east asian frame, everything received a genuine touch. Canlove came in from L.A to do create a facade above the sushi bar using recycled spray cans. It has been opened now for nearly a year, and it one of the top spots on Miami Beach to eat at. The food is Alloy Maak (very delicious). Photo credit to Thrillist, and Laine Doss in that order for the first two photos.
Piyarat Potha Arreeratn, "Chef Bee", chose Kraveart to develop branding for NaiYaRa on Miami Beach. The restaurant's elephant mascot is represented front and center in a hand-drawn mural alongside the bar. Miami artist Danny "Krave" Fila designed the peaceful pachyderm and did most of the restaurant's artwork, combining old Thai movie posters with stenciling.