Mark Paul Deren, the man behind the moniker MadSteez, got his start in action sports at the tender age of 17 and has marathon marketing meetings to credit for his doodling start to art. Now 33, Deren's commissioned regularly by some of the biggest names both in the industry and beyond to create murals, cell-phone covers, art cars and more. "I absolutely love action and spontaneous abstract paintings," he says of this particular project. "I have so much fun with how intuitively the pieces evolve." Click on to see more of his artwork and get Deren's own take on his process and products.
I think I might have too much fun playing dress-up.
I battled through this piece in two different WEENfaktories over a span of 12 months.
When my good friend MAR presented me with the opportunity to paint a collaborative mural in Venice Beach, Calif., I immediately knew a Dennis Hopper tribute was the only thing that could fit. Dennis had been a longtime, well-loved resident and was a staple in the Venice Beach community. I personally had a relationship with him after he posed for a portrait I had painted of him back in December 2006. Dennis was a huge inspiration to me and will forever be missed. We heard thousands of comments while painting this piece, but the one that meant the most was when an older gentleman walked up and matter-of-factly said, "It's about time."
The WEENvan has more uses than just transportation.
Me and my assistant WEENZEE getting down on a Bruce Lee piece in China.
I had just six days to complete this mural, and although I thought it wasn't humanly possible, I somehow pulled it off. The piece spans 100 feet by 30 feet and is on the rooftop of the Ricardo Montalban Theater on Hollywood and Vine in Los Angeles. It's one of my most proud pieces I have created.
This is from my Chelsea de* WEENZEE show I had in New York City. I painted literally every square inch of the gallery -- the floors, the walls, the ceiling -- which perfectly set off the white 10-foot, 1,500-pound statue of WEENZEE.
The second I saw the Armada HQ building, I just knew I had to paint [rapper] Eazy-E doing a laid-out back flip.
This is a sneak peek at my latest abstract series. And who doesn't love MonsterFeetz!
X Games Aspen 2013
I painted this for the House of Marley during the last X Games in Aspen. It was pretty surreal watching Bob's son, Ky-Mani Marley, perform in front of my piece.
I was brought over to China by my licensee partner, MindStyle, for a press tour. When I was in Beijing I connected with The National Art Museum of China, which is run by the Chinese government, and they commissioned a mural of Chairman Mao. I painted him in the 798 Art District, a thriving artist community made up of old decommissioned military factory buildings. Painting Mao purple was super gnarly because I had at least two armed guards watching my every stroke to make sure I did no disrespect to the Chairman.
This 60-foot WEENOSAURUS REX hails from San Diego's eccentric North Park neighborhood. The owner of the building had no idea what I was going to paint, so I was extremely nervous when he came to see it, but luckily he loved it. The people in the town were so thankful and complimentary while I was painting it that it made me feel really special. I hope at least one person a day can smile and forget about their problems for a minute.
Down for the Count
Who knew WEENZEE had a knockout punch! De La Barracuda Boxing Club, Los Angeles.
I was commissioned by Nike to create a centerpiece mural for their Motel No Tell at the 2010 U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, Calif. I'm going to say I've never actually seen a barrel like this at Huntington, but one can only dream, right?