Our belief: fine art should be accessible to own.
Artist and Retrofit Painting founder Thomas Ray Willis came from a low income family, raised in a city without local art museums or many cultural centers. The commercial art of his hometown, Las Vegas, gave him the inspiration to create Retrofit Painting. There he internalized how the humorous portrayal of fine art was interlaced with the landscape, as seen by the Strip: a chrome King Tut at the Luxor, a plaster Pietà at Caesar's Palace, postcards of Picassos at Paris Casino. Bringing in over 40 million visitors a year, these replicas had reach. Here is where he learned that design and commerce––for better or worse––can make anything accessible in America.
Making the contemporary art world reachable through our unique brand.
Like any industry, the art world has produced identities that have solidified their names and works through years of elusive networking. With Retrofit Painting, you don't need to be an investor, have offshore bank accounts, or navigate an intricate hierarchy of cultural elites to collect fine art. We take art off the wall, out of the gallery, away from global marketplace, and into your life at a fraction of the cost.
High art objects for everyday use.
There is a surplus of paintings saturating the contemporary art market. Retrofit Painting uses the canvas stretcher motif for the basis of all our designs. We modify this shape, and broaden the idea of what paintings have typically been defined as, to show that art can be enjoyed by audiences across any demographic. Whether it is a painting for your home or your body, every piece is crafted with high quality materials such as brass, oak, linen, clay, or 3D printed plastics and engraved with the signature RP monogram. This is what makes our objects collectable works of art.
Thomas Ray Willis
Artist and founder of Retrofit Painting
Retrofit Painting was created in 2013. Based in New York City , it 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 deCordova Sculpture Park near Boston, Massachusetts) or through the website.
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, Jackie Feinberg, Michael Maizels, Eric Petitti, David Ryan, Mikayla Whitmore, Darlin Frometa, 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, Samantha Linnane, 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.