Palm Court

Palm Court

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When I went to school, the center of the universe was a stand of palm trees.

In the center of the New College of Florida campus is a courtyard with 24 enormous royal palms where you could sit and watch the world go by or dance the night away at a party. We used to have these Palm Court Parties - PCPs (now called Center of the Universe Parties - COUPs) which involved days and days of preparation, with themes, costumes and artists (like me) painting murals, with music so loud that my ears are still ringing (literally).

I'd sit on the low wall around the plaza watching the days go by.

I have many fond memories of daydreaming in Palm Court, dancing at walls (the smaller Palm Court parties), running into friends. I danced with my wife there - damn, she's a good dancer - and made a mural comparing Popeye's Chicken to God. 

I kinda love royal palms.

These trees look like some amalgam of concrete pillars and nature. It's really crazy that they can actually survive.

And I enjoy painting them.

What's great about a palm tree is how expressive the fronds are. They bend elegantly with the wind and look at any time like they might fall to the ground. 

This painting is a gift to New College

All sales will go to the school to help support students.

New College is this crazy tiny innovative liberal arts school that is part of the Florida public university system. As a student, you get to choose every element of your program and, more importantly (at least for me), you set your own standards. It's actually worth reading their mission statement

Anyway, after successfully selling my company and getting a chance to follow my passion, I've been thinking a lot about my background and how I ended up the person that I am, and really, the experience at New College was a large part of it. 

The actual print is beautiful.

I am so excited about the quality of these prints. It's uncanny how they capture all the nuance and subtle coloration of the original. People who have seen these prints cannot believe that they are not looking at an original. It's not a poster, but rather a full representation of my vision.

I use a top-of-the-line Epson printer with pigment ink that is tested to last 200 years. I print on Hahnemühle German Etching all-cotton archival 310 g/mA Paper.

Each print is numbered and signed by me.

The original size of the painting is 20" x 14" so to get closer to the original, I recommend the larger size, but we're also offering a smaller more affordable version.

 

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J.D.
Beautiful print

This is a truly excellent print. The aestehtics and craftsmanship and truly top-notch. I'm delighted to have it in my home.

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J.F.
Gorgeous

Since this painting depicts an iconic area of where I went to college, I have a nostalgic draw to it. But beyond that, this is a gorgeous painting that looks realistic but also artistic and a bit surreal. Michael James Freedman is an extremely talented artist and I'm very glad to have one of his prints on my wall.

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D.B.
Happy Memories

I love this print, it is wonderful quality, vivid and detailed. It has a nice raised New College seal too. I will treasure it and enjoy it always. Thank you.

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D.G.
New College Palm Court Paintin

This painting captures the heart of a special place that New College students remember as the center of the universe. The painting is tropical, whimsical, dreamy and stirs fond memories.

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T.M.
Homage to Pei

In 1964, I. M. Pei designed the New College dorms and its Palm Court, a rectangle of royal palms in a tight pattern that he said expressed Apollonian order set against the Dionysian spirit of freedom and nature. Freedman aptly captures this dichotomy in his expressive watercolor.



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Beautiful print

This is a truly excellent print. The aestehtics and craftsmanship and truly top-notch. I'm delighted to have it in my home.

Gorgeous

Since this painting depicts an iconic area of where I went to college, I have a nostalgic draw to it. But beyond that, this is a gorgeous painting that looks realistic but also artistic and a bit surreal. Michael James Freedman is an extremely talented artist and I'm very glad to have one of his prints on my wall.

Happy Memories

I love this print, it is wonderful quality, vivid and detailed. It has a nice raised New College seal too. I will treasure it and enjoy it always. Thank you.

Resembles my boy Archer so had to have it....

Resembles my boy Archer so had to have it. Great little piece — a couple of people already complimented it. Will want to work w the artist soon for a custom job!

New College Palm Court Paintin

This painting captures the heart of a special place that New College students remember as the center of the universe. The painting is tropical, whimsical, dreamy and stirs fond memories.