Jordan Nelson of & SMITH - It's the Man that Makes the Shoes

My piece is an exact representation of this theory, the shoes make the man.

The inspiration behind the piece is the man behind the shoes, Bill Bowerman. I have drawn inspiration from the shoes directly and challenged their function by using them as an impressionist tool.

Bill Bowerman produced the Nike Waffles by adopting creative out the box thinking that pushed the boundaries, and in turn you could say that these shoes made him. My piece is an exact representation of this theory, the shoes make the man. The portrait was painted by using the different surfaces of the shoes to create a variety of marks and impressions that construct the bigger picture. The piece is roughly about 5ft squared, acrylic on wood.

Bill Bowerman said ,'if you have a body then you are an athlete'. My response to that is, 'if you have a soul then you are an artist'.

& SMITH