Bill Munch is not a traditional painter, just as you might expect from a rock and roll music-centered artist.
He doesn't use brushes, and he doesn't paint landscapes. Munch immortalizes in his trademark "negative painting" technique–affixed with sponges and knives–creating exotic, truly original pieces of art inspired by rock and roll's biggest icons. Munch's innovative oil style, which he refers to as "mythologification," results in dramatic derivatives of the original artwork, sometimes in multiples. The originals are locked in a vault or firmly ensconced in one of many art books and are not for sale.
Founded in 2010 with Thomas Burgess, Munch Rocks, Inc. attempts to "take art away from the ivory tower and give it back to the masses," as Munch and Burgess create great art without breaking the bank.
It is Munch's belief that everyone should have access to art–price should never be an obstacle. In his words: "Like (but unlike) Andy Warhol, you can afford to own a piece of fame for more than 15 minutes."
Munch has been at his art game for quite some time. His first commission came in the early 90s from Grateful Dead founder Jerry Garcia, and since has painted collections inspired by Janis Joplin, Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Kurt Cobain, Elvis, Bob Marley with a smattering of Jesus and Vincent Van Gough for good measure, among many others.
In 2008, Munch held a major VIP-only art show at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tampa, Fla. which showcased 70 pieces in a massive collection called "Rocktober Art Show." The hotel later purchased 10 pieces of his original limited edition work.
In addition to painting, Munch is a businessman and a poet, having published a 276-page collection, Homeless Mind, in 1991 as well as founded several companies including an advertising agency, and a mobile social networking technology company. He's even been a merchant marine, where his world view was broadened in scope and opened his mind to new cultures, mental landscapes and perspectives.
Munch now resides in Florida, where his work is displayed at "Paintings of the World" in Tampa, and will be featured at this year's Licensing International Expo June 14-16 as he explores alternatives to bringing original images to the masses (and licensees).