The stretcher holds up the painting, we hold up the stretcher, we are the art––
Retrofit Painting is a contemporary label that sells paintings crafted as objects for everyday use. The luxury products range from rings, shoes, bags, sunglasses, hats and other custom crafted accessories, and can be identified by the engraved RP monogram or their use of the painting stretcher motif. Based in New York City, Retrofit Painting sells its exclusive items through standalone boutiques (such as at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas 2015 P3studio summer residency on the Las Vegas Strip or the 2013 deCordova Biennial near Boston, Massachusetts) or through the website.
Founded by artist Thomas Ray Willis in 2013, Retrofit Painting’s mission is to expand and mobilize the use and consumption of painting through their unique brand.
Retrofit Painting was made possible by The Art Production Fund of New York, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Wellesley College, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Casablanc Boston, and Bombay Sapphire. Special thanks to Casey Fremont, Kathleen Lynch, Krista Chmielewski, Justin Favela, Eric Petitti, David Ryan, Camille Dantin, Mikayla Whitmore, Darlin Frometa, Michael Maizels, Claire Whitman, Jessica Doherty, Abby Duren, Kayte Duren, Krystal Ramirez, Jesse Smigel, Jennifer Kleven, Victor Torres, Christie Lee, Audrey Barcio, Larry Knowles, David Teng Olsen, Maggie Devries, Jack Wolfe, Cait Dana, Pat Dagle, Wigbert Wiggz Caro, Marty Nee, Ileana Selejan, Lexi Lee Sullivan, Kate Legg, Samantha Cataldo, Liz Leahy, Julie Bernson, Emily Garner, Deborah Lee, Duy Hoang, Liz Gardner, Sarah Sherman, Misty Cranston-Bates, Lauren Termini, Steve Lewis, Jon Tee, Ximi Bobadilla, and David Kinchen.