Piece description from the artist
I’ve been drawing similar cartoon-like creatures since I was a kid back in the Philippines. To this day, I have no idea why I render my characters with one big eye and a smaller one. Another consistent feature of my work are the big smiles. I know why I do that… I love painting and being here in Boston.
In the summer of 2003, Bren Bataclan began his street art installation, "The Smile Boston Project":http://www.bataclan.com/. The project involves the artist leaving his cartoon inspired paintings for people to take for “free” all over Boston (park benches, train stations, hospitals, senior centers, schools, etc.). Attached to each painting is a note saying, “This painting is yours if you promise to smile at random people more often.” Bren has since gone worldwide with his “Smile Boston Project” and he has begun to paint murals and exhibit his paintings across the country.
Prior to painting full time, Bren taught computer graphics and design at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and at the Boston Museum School. He also worked in a design think tank lab in Boston and was involved in the computer animation industry in California. Bren received his undergraduate degree in design at UCLA and his graduate degree in computer animation at the Ohio State University.
Bren’s Smile Project campaign has been featured in the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, The Smithsonian Magazine, The Readers Digest, The Chicago Tribune, The Detroit Free Press, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Boston Globe and various Philippine-based & Filipino American newspapers, TV shows and news programs (Bren was one of the “Top Newsmakers of 2009” by Balitang America).