Cigar Artist, Mike Uhren (And Contest)

Cigar Artist, Mike Uhren (And Contest)

Today we’d like to introduce you to Cigar Artist Mike Uhren – if you’re unfamiliar with his work, we hope to remedy that this week by highlighting five of his pieces. You can view much of his work on his website here, and you can also follow him on Twitter here.

We also have a CONTEST for you – one winner will select his/her favorite of the 5 pieces we feature, and Mike will send you a print of the piece ($100 value). To enter, just leave a comment on each post (1 entry per post), and tell us what you like about the piece and where you’d hang it if you won. (UPDATE: Part Two is now live)

Mike recently described his art for us –

For about 90-95% of my work, I’m grabbing a stick I’m about to enjoy, or have recently enjoyed, and I paint what moved me about it. Sometimes it’s the smoke, sometimes just the band, and sometimes it’s based on what I did before or after the cigar.  Sometimes it’s just the pairing of a good cigar and a good drink. I just try to capture the experience I’ve had and perhaps it’ll match something someone else has been experiencing. My hope is that my art can help people get back to the experience they had.  A shared experience if you will.

Today’s featured piece is entitled  Verocu 9 Band

This piece is a an odd size at 9″ x 12″ but to be honest, it was completely by mistake!  I grabbed a set of canvases I thought was 11″ x14″, as it was in the 11 x 14 shelf space. I didn’t even give it a second thought until I got home and started painting. What Bob Ross would call a ‘happy accident’.  It’s actually part of a series of three different Tatuaje bands. I painted the Verocu 9, a T110, and a standard Red label. All three originals are sold already, but prints are still available.