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The First Question

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The first questions that I get when people ask me about tape art, “How did you get started on that?” I went to college at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. One of my roommates was studying to be an industrial designer and consequently he spent hours scouring the internet looking for cool art ideas.


One day he came across an artist who created images using painter’s tape. My roommate felt inspired and trying to find a way around the prohibition on painting our walls, he decided to decorate them with painters tape. Over the next week he created a 6-foot tall image of Mao Zedong’s head, a vespa, and the outline of the seminude female from Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus.


Upon moving to a new house, I decided to create my own tape art and made a 6-foot tall image of Ghandi and of Che Guevara. When I moved again, I spent spring break creating the Salt Lake City skyline.


I loved doing the work, but the images were too temporary. I wanted to create something more permanent. Consequently, I began sticking the tape onto canvases and covering them with something a little more whether resistant, such as epoxy, modge podge, or envirotex.

  • Karla Hudson | Nov 19, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    Beautiful …are they for sale?

    • Chad Farnes | Nov 19, 2015 at 11:45 pm

      Yes they are. All of them are at the Finch Lane Gallery in Salt Lake City. They will be there until Friday. If you are interested in purchasing any from them before Friday, please contact them. After, if there are any that you are interested in purchasing, just send me a message.

  • Susan Hardinger | Nov 30, 2015 at 7:47 pm

    I identified one of your art pieces as the Bonneville Salt Flats. What is the asking price for that piece?

    • Chad Farnes | Dec 1, 2015 at 3:08 am

      Are you talking about the 32 foot long mural? Sorry, but that one is actually a commission for the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City. It will be hung by the end of the year near the public entrance on West Temple. If there is another piece that you are interested in, you can shoot me an email in the comments section. Thanks for the interest!

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