I was first exposed to Misha Lenn a few years ago when I had a client discussing a sign project. They were interested in using one of his minimalist water color pieces as the basis for a large illuminated lobby sign. I really liked the idea. I did some research into who created the artwork.
Misha is a Russian-born watercolor painter whose works are in private collections of Mikhail Gorbachev, Diana Krall, conductor Yuri Temirkanov, actor John Malkovich, composer John Williams and many others. Misha has been the official artist of Boston Marathon,Kentucky Derby and other prominent venues.
Interesting fact: in order to feel the movement better, artist took tango lessons.
Born in Saint Petersburg, Misha at a very early age, while studying music, found that he had an inclination to draw. He has given up the piano to painting. In 1984 he graduated with a masters degree from Saint Petersburg Academy of Art and Design. In 1990, Misha immigrated to United States. He continues to work in his studio in Boston, while his works are exhibited in museums and private collections in the US, Canada, Germany, France, Spain, Sweden, Russia and Israel.
He has created watercolors commissioned by DKNY, Calvin Klein, Harvard University, Boston, Chicago and Colorado Symphony orchestras, and several international jazz venues, including Tanglewood Jazz Festival.
I picked up the phone and gave him a call. When he answered, he was literally running out the door for a three month European tour. I explained who we were, how I was introduced to his work and what our plan of action would be if he would be interested in allowing us to work with him and his images. Misha was very pleased that we reached out to him in the first place. He explain that many times he comes across his work after the fact like this:
Misha liked the ideas we had. We worked out a plan of action to insure he would feel protected and give us some creative ability to work with our client.
We also discussed the opportunity for him to use us as a production studio. He felt our respect to the craft and location gave him a good feeling to have us manufacture for him.
The taxi that was taking to the airport for the trip to Saint Petersburg arrived at his door and we ended our call.
If you are interested in having some of his art for your very own, Misha has a boutique section on his website. Or, if you are interested in commissioning a piece of original work, contact him directly. He can be reached quite easily from the contact page.
And if you would like to create a sign or logo using his work, well, we can do that too.