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The Sole of PHX exhibition is not only a celebration of the Phoenix Suns 50th season, it is also a celebration of the people and the cultures who fuel the continued rise of the city we all love — Phoenix.

Working with a broad collection of local artists to bring this project to life, the Sole of PHX exhibition is a fun and interactive way to take the Suns 50th anniversary festivities out of the arena and into the community. Look for these painted high-top sneakers all around the Valley throughout the 2017-18 Phoenix Suns season.

ANCIENT ASTRONOMERS

  • Taking the Suns' heroic mascot as my subject, I wanted to portray a more naturalistic Great Ape while somehow including some symbols or objects that Phoenix Suns fans would recognize. I came up with the idea of "Ancient Astronomers".

    Basically, I decided to use the sneaker sculpture as two "canvases". One side depicts a gorilla (in the Sonoran Desert, of course) startled by the Suns' logo streaking across the night sky like a comet. On the other side, the inspired beast contemplates the constellations that point the way to his future: a drum for pounding and drawing crowds, a mysterious pattern that brings order to chaos, and a small trampoline for making killer hops.

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  • Timothy Chapman is a second-generation Phoenix native. He received his bachelor's degree in biology from Occidental College. Realizing the "art thing" would never leave him alone he ultimately earned his MFA in printmaking, but afterward concentrated on painting for lack of a press.

    Chapman's work can be found in various collections around the world, including those of Phoenix Children's Hospital, Denver Children's Hospital, and the U..S. Embassies in Myanmar (Burma) and Kenya. He was able to travel to Nairobi under the auspices of the U.S. State Department as an art/goodwill ambassador and met with students, artists, and the embassy community. Stevie Nicks as well as Christine McVie also collect his paintings.

    Timothy Chapman is represented locally by Wilde Meyer Gallery in Old Town Scottsdale.

  • THIS SHOE IS LOCATED AT:
    THE PHOENIX ZOO

BASKETRY MEETS BASKETBALL

  • This piece was inspired by the Suns franchise and 50 years of Suns basketball but also by hundreds of years of native indigenous culture in the valley of the sun by the original inhabitants the Akimel O'odham (River People) tribes of the a Salt River and Gila River communities, also known as the Pima people. Traditional water designs were fused with the artists' contemporary intricate graffiti style that weaves together like basketry.

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  • Thomas Breeze Marcus is a two dimensional painter and has been working as a full time artist since 2005. Marcus grew up in Central Phoenix by way of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Community and is an enrolled member of the Tohono O’odham Nation in southern Arizona. Marcus began creating work at an early age, and has worked in various mediums throughout the years, most recognizably by working in large scale with aerosol.

    Marcus has developed his own signature style of detail and pattern designs which reflect a contemporary style by also showing influence from his native cultures which has caught the attention not only the contemporary art world but the Native American art world as well. To be certain though, Mr. Marcus is very diverse in his styles of work, showcasing strength with his uniquely developed line work but also creating and interacting iconic pieces which highlight the surrounding Sonoran environment.

    Marcus has received recognition by local Phoenix institutions and has done work for such places as the Heard Museum, the Mesa Arts Center, the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Arts and the Scottsdale Museum of Western Art.. He has also done notable corporate work for American Express, Red Bull, Hulu, Pacifico, and Kroger Co.

    Aside from a promising and developing career to date, Marcus has maintained his identity as a local Phoenician by staying close to home, but more importantly has also remained close to his Native American roots and upbringing. During parts of the year Marcus does community outreach and art instruction with at risk Native youth on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Community. In his personal belief art and the creative spirit is in all of us and it is our job to continue that legacy by teaching and sharing it with the next generations.

  • THIS SHOE IS LOCATED AT:
    DOS EQUIS BEER GARDEN AT TALKING STICK RESORT ARENA

TRANSCENDING TIME

  • Sport and the athletic form have been part of the human experience since the dawn of our species. From cave drawings and petroglyphs to the SportsCenter Top 10 plays, athletic endeavors and feats have long been admired. Our shoe is not only a celebration of the Suns 50th season, but a tribute to all athletes throughout time.

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  • Branch McCracken called it one of his greatest recruiting jobs ever that coaching them was one of his greatest pleasures. Indiana would indeed be the choice of High School All Americans and 1961 Mr. Basketballs, Tom and Dick Van Arsdale. They would go on to become all Americans at Indiana. They were selected as Indiana’s Co-MVP’s both their junior and senior years. Tom would leave IU as the schools 6th leading scorer with 1,252 career points, while Dick was 7th with 1,240 points. In rebounding, Tom left Indiana 4th with 723 followed by Dick with 719.

    They left Indiana in 1965 to become members of the NBA, Tom for Detroit and Dick for New York. They finished their 12th year careers remaining remarkably close. Tom, three time All –Star, played for Detroit, Cincinnati, Kansas City Omaha, Philadelphia, Atlanta, and Phoenix, scoring 14,232 points. Dick also a three time All-Star, played in New York and Phoenix, scoring 15,079 points.

    After their careers ended in the NBA, they joined together in the real estate market, Van Arsdale Properties Incorporated. In addition to working real estate, Dick worked at the Suns front office and board casting team. In 1987, Dick was asked to coach the Suns final 26th game. They would end up 14 and 12 under Dick’s guidance. Tom would also get involved in an adventure called VP international that was divided into three divisions, sports management, television, and publishing. Tom also became a board member for “Food for the Hungry” as well as a program called “Super Star Parent” that emphasized the importance of unconditional love.

    Today, Dick and Barb still live in Phoenix area although they spend part of their time in California. Jill, their daughter, is married to Scott and live in the Phoenix area with their two children, Will and Lucy, both high school students. Their son, Jason and his wife Ronda moved to California with their two girls, Payton and Sophia.

    Tom married to Kathy also live in the phoenix area, as do their three children. Kerrie, their oldest and her husband Scott have two boys Charlie 15 and Tommy 12. Chris, who took over the real estate business four years ago, is married to Caroline. They have a little 2-year-old redheaded boy and are expecting a girl in October. Amy their youngest lives in New York with her husband Justin, who works for Music glue while Amy does upholstery.

    Dick suffered a stroke 10 years ago and now shares an art studio with Tom. Dick works pencils and pens while Tom works oils. Together this year they worked on project for the Sun, designing one of the eight foot long, 6 foot high and 3 foot wide shoe that will be displayed around the city of Phoenix in celebration of the Suns 50th anniversary. Tom enjoys traveling with Kathy; fly fishing and collection first edition books such as Kurt Vonnegut. Very active in the Valley Presbyterian Church, both he and Dick have donated art to raise money for churches as well. Tom said in closing that his family and the church are the most important and rewarding parts of his life.

  • THIS SHOE IS LOCATED AT:
    TALKING STICK RESORT ARENA

FIRE OF LIFE

  • Phoenix - a person or thing regarded as uniquely remarkable in some respect.

    The Sun breathes life into the desert in a wondrous display of colors, temperatures and sounds. In this assumed harsh environment, magic is created. A community thrives and makes new direction. We cycle and elevate like the sun. Flight is achieved. A treasure reveals itself to the world.

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  • Gabriel and Isaac Fortoul are an outstandingly prolific pair totally dedicated to unfolding their creativity as a way of life. Their art has been evolving and will continue to evolve in search of the purest style combining everyday observation with mystical symbolism. Their pieces are the product of philosophical meditation on the ultimate meaning of human existence and on how to live closer to nature and in touch with the elemental forces of the cosmos.

    The FORTOUL BROTHERS art is influenced by their preoccupation with dreams, mystery and evocative symbols. The result is a combination of the ordinary with suggestions of the extraordinary in a single peice of work, thus leaving all final interpretation open to debate but always touching the deepest emotional fibers of the viewer.

  • THIS SHOE IS LOCATED AT:
    CENTRAL & ROOSEVELT LIGHTRAIL

SHAZAM

  • I wanted to paint something familiar with our city, southern sky’s dawning to the night in an abstract landscape form is what I came up with. I used aerosol spray paint to paint the shoe from head to toe, blending the colors in the sky and streaking lines to show movement and dynamics in the composition. The shoe represents the city, our native landmarks and love for the Phoenix Suns. Go Suns.

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  • Born in Phoenix, AZ, Estevan Curiel’s current work relates to classic renaissance, modern architecture, and urban typography. He is a former Eric Fishcl scholar at Phoenix College and is currently a student at Arizona State University in the School of Art BFA program. He received an Artist of Promise Award from Maricopa Community College 2011-2012. He curated the group exhibition “Graffaholeks: EST 20 Years Strong” @ Grand ArtHaus and is now upcoming his first solo exhibition titled “Blue Skyys & Bad Dreams” @ Grand ArtHaus, October 20, 2017.

  • THIS SHOE IS LOCATED AT:
    TEMPE MARKETPLACE

FRAGMENTED 50

  • Using a distinct and original approach is a huge part of how JB attacks his mural work around the city, this shoe is an interpretation of his classic designs in collaboration with a color palette that represents the Suns different colors schemes over it’s 50 years of being an NBA team. Bringing the art from the city streets, that has been the background of the city of Phoenix for the better part of the last decade and interpreting it as a timeless piece of artwork on a shoe. Bridging the gap between corporate sporting and local art.

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  • Drawing inspiration from the colorful and psychedelic images associated with the classic rock era, and early 90’s graffiti art, artist and muralist JB Snyder uses continuous lines, bright colors and hidden images to add a sense of musicality and intrigue to his designs. He got his start in the Arizona hip-hop and DJ scene in the early 2000s doing live painting, and eventually took his style from the canvas to the street. From abandoned buildings to boring beige wall, he strives to add a sense of life and vibrancy into everything he paints. JB Is most known for his large scale, colorful murals painted all over Phoenix and many other major city’s across the United States.

  • THIS SHOE IS LOCATED AT:
    MESA ARTS CENTER

CITY DREAMS

  • For "City Dreams" I wanted to represent the residents of phoenix and the simultaneous growth of the city, the Phoenix Suns franchise, and a kids dream to one day walk in the shoes of the players he or she grew up watching.

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  • Graffiti-artist Clyde began his journey into the arts in late 2012. His passion for architecture pushed him to create large works in the public eye. The questionable methods used to get his work out forced the artist to create his current pseudonym, “Clyde”. Clyde predominantly creates his works in his hometown of Tempe, Arizona where he also graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor in the arts for design studies. His work is characterized by a combination of realism and skewed patterns creating perplexity in the image and wonder in the tactics.

  • THIS SHOE IS LOCATED AT:
    CITY OF TEMPE

MOST VALUABLE

  • This basketball/art project is a dream come true and I am excited at the opportunity to combine two of my great passions. I have been a huge basketball fan my whole life and I am please to contribute to the rich history of the Phoenix Suns and have the AZ, fellow basketball fans and art aficionados see my work.

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    The 93 team shoe was a lot of fun to create. As I painted each face, it brought back fun memories of watching that series live when I was a kid. It was such an enigmatic team. That design came together fast!

    The 76 "Sunderella team" shoe design came together as I had the opportunity to meet and talk to Alvan Adams. What a great asset and ambassador to the game to have Alvan gracing the halls of the arena on a daily basis. As we talked and he shared in-game stories, I thought of some the iconic sports wheaties box covers that I loved and the design came from there.

    The MVP shoe was an opportunity to celebrate the incredible legacy that these two monster players, Barkley & Nash had. They're will and competitive drive is what inspired me most when creating this shoe.

  • Robert Vargas is a contemporary artist known for his mixed-media portraits, murals and live events. He was born and raised in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Boyle Heights. Vargas is a leading creative force in the revitalization of Downtown LA’s art scene. His paintings and drawings infuse classic genres of portraiture and nudes with an avant-garde explosivity that not only captures the visage and likeness of his subjects, but seems to excavate the intimate aspects of their character. Vargas selects his subjects intuitively at his highly attended live-painting sessions, creating powerful and sublime representations of the human connection through his portraiture. His visual vocabulary pulls from life experience, a viscerally sensual approach to line and texture, and an almost mannerist choreography of abstraction and representation that combine to unforgettable effect in his portraits. His best-known works include a City of L.A. commissioned mural "Cant Stop" of legendary Suicidal Tendencies frontman, "Mike Muir, and his "Warrior Odyssey" mural of skateboard Icon and Z-boy legend, Tony Alva for the Kinney Hotel in Venice. In 2013, Vargas was a key figure in helping Los Angeles lift its street art ban while creating his masterpiece, "Our Lady Of DTLA" a four story mural on Spring street in the heart of downtown L.A. In May 2011, Vargas was named one of LA Weekly's People of the Year and was featured on a limited-edition cover of the issue. His public mural work both in Los Angeles and throughout the world he sees as a means to reach a wider audience and promote accessible art and community through the creative process. Continuing to shape the way the city’s history is written, in the Summer of 2017 he will begin work on his biggest project yet: a fourteen-story mural in L.A. that will rank as the largest mural in the world by a single artist.

  • THIS SHOE IS LOCATED AT:
    DOS EQUIS BEER GARDEN AT TALKING STICK RESORT ARENA

WESTERN CHAMPS

  • This basketball/art project is a dream come true and I am excited at the opportunity to combine two of my great passions. I have been a huge basketball fan my whole life and I am please to contribute to the rich history of the Phoenix Suns and have the AZ, fellow basketball fans and art aficionados see my work.

    The 93 team shoe was a lot of fun to create. As I painted each face, it brought back fun memories of watching that series live when I was a kid. It was such an enigmatic team. That design came together fast!

    The 76 "Sunderella team" shoe design came together as I had the opportunity to meet and talk to Alvan Adams. What a great asset and ambassador to the game to have Alvan gracing the halls of the arena on a daily basis. As we talked and he shared in-game stories, I thought of some the iconic sports wheaties box covers that I loved and the design came from there.

    The MVP shoe was an opportunity to celebrate the incredible legacy that these two monster players, Barkley & Nash had. They're will and competitive drive is what inspired me most when creating this shoe.

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  • Robert Vargas is a contemporary artist known for his mixed-media portraits, murals and live events. He was born and raised in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Boyle Heights. Vargas is a leading creative force in the revitalization of Downtown LA’s art scene. His paintings and drawings infuse classic genres of portraiture and nudes with an avant-garde explosivity that not only captures the visage and likeness of his subjects, but seems to excavate the intimate aspects of their character. Vargas selects his subjects intuitively at his highly attended live-painting sessions, creating powerful and sublime representations of the human connection through his portraiture. His visual vocabulary pulls from life experience, a viscerally sensual approach to line and texture, and an almost mannerist choreography of abstraction and representation that combine to unforgettable effect in his portraits. His best-known works include a City of L.A. commissioned mural "Cant Stop" of legendary Suicidal Tendencies frontman, "Mike Muir, and his "Warrior Odyssey" mural of skateboard Icon and Z-boy legend, Tony Alva for the Kinney Hotel in Venice. In 2013, Vargas was a key figure in helping Los Angeles lift its street art ban while creating his masterpiece, "Our Lady Of DTLA" a four story mural on Spring street in the heart of downtown L.A. In May 2011, Vargas was named one of LA Weekly's People of the Year and was featured on a limited-edition cover of the issue. His public mural work both in Los Angeles and throughout the world he sees as a means to reach a wider audience and promote accessible art and community through the creative process. Continuing to shape the way the city’s history is written, in the Summer of 2017 he will begin work on his biggest project yet: a fourteen-story mural in L.A. that will rank as the largest mural in the world by a single artist.

  • THIS SHOE IS LOCATED AT:
    CITY OF SCOTTSDALE

JUMPER

  • I was really into the Suns when I was a kid in the 70's so I wanted to honor that time period with the colors and a riff on the logo that they used back then. When I started playing basketball as a young kid at the Y and even later into high school I didn't have a special pair of shoes just for playing basketball. Not that I couldn't afford to, I just loved having a really good broken in pair of shoes to wear for everything. I've always been into art as well so my shoes were painted different colors and had names of punk bands written all over them and there were rips and holes in the canvas where my crazy colored sox would poke out. I thought it would be a fun tribute to the Suns and that time period to paint a well worn and loved shoe. The title "Jumper" comes from the shape of the shoe as it looks like the person wearing it is about to take a jump shot (I was good at those) and also from the jumping cactus that was in the front yards of some of our friends houses that had a hoop and a piece of plywood for a backboard mounted to their roof.

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  • Bill Dambrova (born 1971) is a native Arizonan and ASU graduate with a BA in Studio Art. His love of art, artifacts and biology lead to a career as an exhibition designer based in Los Angeles from 2003 to 2013 where he specialized in Natural History Museums, Zoos, and Aquariums. Since moving back to Arizona in 2013 his art career became his priority and Dambrova began painting full-time. Shortly thereafter, he was accepted into the 2013 Arizona Biennial, received the Phoenix Art Museum Contemporary Forum Artist Award Grant, and displayed work in four Arizona art museums. Dambrova has exhibited in several local art spaces in the Phoenix metro area as well as national galleries such as Peters Projects in Santa Fe, Shoshana Wayne Gallery in California, Tasty Space in Las Vegas and he just recently had his first museum solo show at The Torrance Art Museum in Southern California. His work can be found in a myriad of private and public collections.

  • THIS SHOE IS LOCATED AT:
    DESERT RIDGE MARKETPLACE

PHOENIX LANDING

  • This piece was based on the idea of the rejuvenation of the city core of downtown Phoenix. When I moved here in 2002 it was a ghost town after 5pm. The downtown area used to be the heart of business and culture for the city then it seems as though the it flew away to the periphery and with the resurgence of life in the downtown area the phoenix has come back to the heart.... in a sense landing to fan the flames of new life.

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  • Curt is a phoenix based painter, sculptor, and printmaker with an interest in found objects, an ascetic rooted in process, weathering and change over time, self appropriation/appropriation, style/branding/moniker recognition, and a heavy reliance on intuitive decision making.

    He has a background in graffiti, sign design and production, and woodworking. Curt studied sculpture at the University of Utah and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from ASU with an emphasis in printmaking.

  • THIS SHOE IS LOCATED AT:
    CROSSROADS TOWN CENTER CHANDLER

COMPASS ROOM

  • Growing up in Phoenix, on big family occasions we'd enjoy the lunch buffet at the Compass Room. The breathtaking city views cultivated an ethereal experience that inspired this piece. It's been a great location to watch the city grow as it has bloomed around this classic Phoenix landmark.

  • Isaac Caruso is a 28-year-old public artist who was born and raised in Phoenix. He draws inspiration from sharing spaces with others and altering the landscape through his art. This is the second commission Isaac has done with the Suns, after completing his 80-foot long mural on 1st and Jefferson for the 2015-16 season. He looks to continue creating art in his hometown, and paint a mural on every continent someday (3 down, 4 to go).

  • THIS SHOE IS LOCATED AT:
    CITY HALL: WASHINGTON STREET

AMOR SIN FRONTERAS

  • Gilda Garza is a Mexican artist born in Sinaloa, Mexico. She started to paint as young as she can remember, it started generationally from her grandmother to her mother and passed to her. She is extremely passionate about her work. The artists collection was inspired by strong, sensual and elegant women who with only one look can manage to have the world at their feet. They not only posses radiant beauty, but also keen intelligence and a big heart.

    Living on one of the most dangerous places in Mexico surrounded by war, suffered kidnappings in her family, Having gone through a tragic break up in her life, her paintings began to transmit all of her raw emotions.

    She believes the best works of art happen when pain and suffering turn into inspiration and creativity.

    Having gone through this experience has only formed her into an even stronger woman who captivated what she was going through into beautiful pieces of art.

    Every piece reflects a moment in the artists life

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  • Gilda Garza is a Mexican artist born in Sinaloa, Mexico. She started to paint as young as she can remember, it started generationally from her grandmother to her mother and passed to her. She is extremely passionate about her work. The artists collection was inspired by strong, sensual and elegant women who with only one look can manage to have the world at their feet. They not only posses radiant beauty, but also keen intelligence and a big heart.

    Living on one of the most dangerous places in Mexico surrounded by war, suffered kidnappings in her family, Having gone through a tragic break up in her life, her paintings began to transmit all of her raw emotions.

    She believes the best works of art happen when pain and suffering turn into inspiration and creativity.

    Having gone through this experience has only formed her into an even stronger woman who captivated what she was going through into beautiful pieces of art.

    Every piece reflects a moment in the artists life

  • THIS SHOE IS LOCATED AT:
    LEGEND ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT 333 E. JEFFERSON STREET

PHOENIX IS HOT

  • "Phoenix is hot" was inspired by record-breaking heat waves the summer of 2017. After leaving a plastic cup in my car that melted around the holder, I thought why not try to replicate that beautiful form in 6-foot basketball shoe.

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  • Isaac Caruso is a 28-year-old public artist who was born and raised in Phoenix. He draws inspiration from sharing spaces with others and altering the landscape through his art. This is the second commission Isaac has done with the Suns, after completing his 80-foot long mural on 1st and Jefferson for the 2015-16 season. He looks to continue creating art in his hometown, and paint a mural on every continent someday (3 down, 4 to go).

  • THIS SHOE IS LOCATED AT:
    LUKE AIRFORCE BASE (NOT OPEN TO PUBLIC)