Nomadic Studio to LEED Platinum

Facebook's physical expansion in Menlo Park displaced the studio CS building and ushered in a time of nomadic projects and R&D. Change happens—good to see an inspiring example of sustainable (green) architecture take its place in Frank Gehry/Gehry Partners' design.

Stellar Collection Grows

An award winning SCS project has entered a well selected motorcycle collection in Los Angeles. It will be in good company with early Indians, Ducatis and other classic examples of motorcyle design excellence. Special thanks to a visionary collector, (who is also an avid rider).

Richard Serra Returns to "The Farm"

I first met Richard Serra in 2007 while installing the exhibition Richard Serra Sculpture : Forty Years at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Years later, his firm handshake and decisive manner came to mind as his sculpture, Sequence, was installed on the West Coast at Stanford University and then SFMOMA. If you haven't had the chance to experiience Sequence in person, the last day to walk through it in San Francisco will be December 24th. Fortunately, it will be returning to the Cantor Arts Center on the Stanford University Campus early next year.


The Distinguished Gentlemens Ride is an annual fundraising event organized by a men's health charity called the Movember Foundation. I'm pleased to participate again this year with an SCS project bike and rub handlebars with a great group of participants at this unique event.

Italian Beauty on the Block

The Piaggio Vespa is a stylish classic known all around the world. Mid-century examples are featured in the Museum of Modern Art and have appeared in films like Roman Holiday and Quadrophenia. This stylish Rally 180 model rolled out of the Pondetera, Italy factory in 1972 and remains one of the most successful models ever produced.  Miles of chrome and thoughtful upgrades, like F.A. Italia Milanese wheels and a Giuliari Super Corsa seat, ensure this Vespa will be a treasured objet d'art by it's new owner. Restoring an icon of art and design has been a pleasure—thanks go out to my Dad, who also turned wrenches on this project. 

VR 1993

Virtual reality circa nineteen ninety three. A studio topic back in the early nineties, virtual reality has made great strides in both development and usefulness across disciplines. Leanness of Soul is a mixed media artwork from the studio archives, which explored concepts realated to VR and its impacts on society. A recently unearthed trove of 35mm "slides", (photographic film transparencies), provides a glimps of an early SCS artwork.

Baja 500 | 50th Anniversary

This year is the 50th anniversary of the world famous Baja 500 desert race. I was fortunate to participate as a member of Team 377x and have the opportunity to pre-run the course. Officially acknowledged as, "the roughrest, toughest, and longest race course in the history of the legendart SCORE Baja 500", this mexican desert race provided a perfectly punishing environment to test my Honda front sprocket cover prototype. Crafted from CNC machined aluminum, polished, anodized, and graced with Honda's iconic wing graphic, this proto passed the test with flying colors. Our team came in 5th place in the Pro Moto 30 class. A heartfelt thank you goes out to my team mates. For more information about SCORE International Off-Road Racing click here.

Design Now

As part of an upcoming project, I'm designing custom parts for a Honda CRF 450x desert racer. In progress is a front sprocket cover, which uses factory mounting points and features internal geometry designed to accomodate a larger diameter drive sprocket. Several iterations were 3D printed to optimize fit before machining an aluminum protoype.

Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride

DGR - San Francisco, California = Riding motorcycles to support a good cause. A beautiful day in the Bay with stops at City Hall, the Legion of Honor, and the Golden Gate Bridge. Studio CS project Bella raised funds and awareness for the Movember Foundation alongside hundreds of fellow motorcyclists.

Artist Commission Awarded

A commission to develop brand and wayfinding signage across two campuses of the Waldorf School of the Peninsula has been awarded to Studio Colin Stinson. Loosely inspired by Hector Guimard's Art Nouveau entrance to the Porte Dauphine metro station in Paris, the signage program will consist of three free standing, sinuously curved, hand wrought steel frames, each with a carved cedar wood oval sign suspended in their center. A cedar wood wall placard will welcome visitors inside the main campus and complete the signage. It's truly a pleasure to be entrusted by a well known Renaissance education school to create signage for public display.

Trophy Time

SCS Motorcycle project takes 3rd place at Deus Ex Machina's Bike Build Off! Thanks to the talented staff at Deus LA for a fun day in sunny SoCal.

Winners can be found on the Deus web page here.

Deus Ex Machina Bike Build Off

SCS will be competing in Deus Ex Machina's Bike Build Off! Round the world, on one weekend in September, five continents will gather the masses together to celebrate the challenge of the Bike Build off – to make the most with the least. This year, the event is taking place Saturday, September 24th from 5pm - 9pm at the Deus Emporium of Postmodern Activities in Venice, California, (1001 Venice Blvd.) Stop by for food, beer, and live music at this unique exhibition of creative design solutions involving motorcycles.

Vault Doors Swing Open

Stanford University's Cantor Arts Center has completed a 6-year project to make it's collection accessible online. Colin Stinson was the Digitization Project Coordinator for this project.

To learn more about the project check out this video.

Locally Grown

As the year winds down and the art world packs its suitcases for Miami Art Week next month, it's good to remember creative treasures nearby and support local art venues. Between Life and Death, an excellent exhibit currently at the de Young Museum of Robert Motherwell's Elegies drawn from Northern California art collections, is one such reminder here in the San Francisco Bay Area. The exhibit is a testement to the true spirit of collecting and underlines the valued role collectors play in any vibrant art community.

Cyborg Celebrates 20th Birthday

The Phage project is fresher than ever as it celebrates a twenty year anniversary in 2015. Popular interest in cyborgs continues to grow as breakthrough developments in android technology and organic computing compliment Hollywood summer blockbusters like Mad Max : Fury Road and Ex Machina.

Take a look at the Phage project

First Artist to Use XL Digital Printer in North America

Commonly in use throughout Asia, extra-large format digital printers are transforming the way we interact with images. These machines are capable of printing on oversized, rigid panels instead of just flexible rolled materials like paper. The Index series of paintings made use of the first Canon Oce Arizona 480XT printer operating in North America. The printer is able to secure the artworks aluminum structure while portions of the surface are printed from digital files with ultra-violet light hardened ink.

Image courtesy Obayashi Corporation

Art Collection Open to the World

As stated in Stanford University's News, "Cantor Arts Center's entire collection will be online to everyone this fall, allowing scholars and the public greater access to the encyclopedic collection and presenting the Cantor staff with a clear picture of the museum's holdings." Colin Stinson is the Digitization Project Coordinator for this project. The full articale can be read here.

Completed Project Hits the Road

Inspired by the arts and culture of the late 1970's, this custom Italian classic Ducati, aka Bella, is turning heads on California's asphalt and expanding the definition of art. A big thank you goes out to a community of specialized collaborators and suppliers, who have each helped in their own ways to complete this project and keep it fun.

Images can be seen in the Artwork section.

Dog Days of Summer

Long hours this summer on the Ducati Motorcycle rebuild are paying off as the Bella project nears roadworthy completion. Quality craftsmanship in every detail is a hallmark of this project - the gas tank alone represents the expertise of at least a dozen professionals at the top of their game. The smoked chrome sparkle flake paint and su misura cast bronze badges will draw the attention of art lovers and Ducatisti alike.

The Rite of Spring

Spring is here and a new series of playful sculptures celebrates the season. Vivid gouaches decoupees, (gouache paint on pieces of cut paper), and repurposed ceramics combine to animate Spring's allure.

Our sunny climes welcome PACE Gallery, which opened an exhibition space in our neighborhood this month with a fun event.

Two Paintings Enter Prestigious Collection

The idyllic setting of La Jolla is the new home of two large Stinson oil paintings, which have just entered a prestigious San Diego art collection.

Located in proximity to the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art and Louis Kahn's architectural landmark, the Salk Institute, these two paintings are happily situated at this coastal destination known as San Diego's jewel by the sea.

Quail Motorcycle Gathering Accepts Project

Bella will take its place on the manicured concourse of the 6th annual Quail Motorcycle Gathering in May. The Quail Gathering is an annual celebration of vintage and modern motorcycles held in Pebble Beach. This year's event is sponsored by the prestigious Swiss sporting watch brand, TUDOR, and features a beverage pavilion and live music. Entry includes a mouthwatering barbeque lunch and parking.

Studio Colin Stinson is particularly excited about the 2014 Why We Ride trophy. One motorcycle entered at the event will be presented with this honor - the only award voted on, and selected solely by, children 12 and under. We're keeping out fingers crossed!

The Quail Motorcycle Gathering
Saturday, May 17th, 2014. 10am - 3:30pm
The Quail Lodge & Golf Club, Carmel, California

Filming Begins on Bella

Arts Patrons are Treated Well

Winning bidders of Artful Harvest enjoyed an intimate evening event at Studio Colin Stinson. It was a pleasure to host such wonderful guests and engage in thoughtful conversations throughout the evening.

Artful Harvest Auctions Experiential Evening

Artful Harvest is an elegant benefit event in support of the Djerassi Resident Artist Program. The event includes a sumptuous harvest supper by Michelin-starred restaurant The Village Pub, a selection of exquisite wines contributed by regional vintners, and an auction of thoughtfully selected items.

Studio Colin Stinson will donate a framed artwork and an experiential event at the studio. Experience an intimate avant-garde evening of art, film, music and scintillating conversation fueled by champagne and artisanal cupcakes.

Artful Harvest will take place at the Djerassi Program Artists' Barn in Woodside, California on Sunday, October 13th, 2013. For reservations and more information please visit -

Studio CS Travels to Seoul, Korea

Seoul was named World Design Capital in 2010 by ICSID and it's easy to see why this vibrant city was awarded the title. From the beautiful Leeum Samsung Museum of Art to the elegant Kukje Gallery, Studio CS enjoyed the vibrant arts and culture of Seoul. Inspiring encounters at a D Project Space exhibition and studio visits with local artists and designers provided a glimpse in to the creative communities of this multifaceted city.

Look for an upcoming international design collaboration between Studio CS x Eze Design lab in the near future.

Studio Upgrades to LED Lighting

Did you know LED lights have an average operational lifespan of 100,000 hours and are 90% more efficient than conventional lighting?

An LED, or Light Emitting Diode, is a durable, electroluminescent light source, which is free of toxic chemicals and is 100% recyclable. It gives off little or no heat and produces zero UV emissions making it an ideal lighting choice for sensitive objects, such as fine art. Besides reducing the studio’s carbon footprint, LED’s are just cool. They elegantly meet today's lighting needs while helping to protect our environment for future generations.

Latest Sound Art Project Release

The Spirit of Henri Rousseau serves as a backdrop for these collaborative sound art performances. A French post-impressionist artist from the Loire Valley, Rousseau is best known for his richly embellished jungle scene paintings. His depictions of exotic jungle fantasy are a testament to the power of imagination as the painter himself never traveled afar or left the 'jungles of Paris' during his lifetime. Cravat creates imaginary worlds in the same way through the use of sound and language. The songs of Cravat follow a kind of dream logic, which weaves real and imaginary experiences into a pastiche for the adventurous listener.

Solar Artwork Celebrates 18 Years Off the Grid

The Ice Ram project was off the grid back in 1995. Featuring two solar powered 8mm film loops, Ice Ram was a self contained sculpture when being green was lean. The project harnessed the sun's energy to investigate science, technology, and society at the close of the 20th century.

Dealer Representation at Miami Art Fair

Colin Stinson is proud to be represented by Sergott Contemporary / SCAA Gallery at this year's Red Dot Miami Art Fair. Located in the vibrant Wynwood Art District, Red Dot Art Fair is a highly successful art fair taking place concurrent with Art Basel Miami Beach. Set within a commanding 60,000 square foot venue, Sergott Contemporary's booth (#E-110) will feature Stinson's paintings on aluminum Nevamar along side beautiful works by internationally renowned artists.

Red Dot Miami Art Fair
December 4 -9, 2012

Opening reception, December 5, 11AM - 7PM
3011 NE 1st Avenue at NE 31st Street, Miami, FLA 33137


Artworks Featured in Award Catalog

Select Stinson artworks will be featured in a catalog produced by the California College of the Arts celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Barclay Simpson Awards at CCA. This silver anniversary catalog will be made available in conjunction with an exhibition at the Tecoah Bruce Gallery.

For more information visit:

Simpson Award Exhibition
Sep. 27 - Oct. 27, 2012
Tecoah Bruce Gallery
at the Oliver Art Center
5212 Broadway, Oakland, California

Fortress Painting Wins Entry to Princess Caroline's Monte-Carlo Exhibition

The Fortress painting Corona Sound has won an international competition to exhibit in the cosmopolitan principality of Monaco. Home of the Formula 1 Grand Prix, Monaco Yacht Show, and Casino Royale, Monte-Carlo is the setting for this annual Monegasque art exhibition.

HRH Princess of Hanover established the exhibition as part of her GEMLUC initiative. GEMLUC, (Groupement des Entreprises Monegasques dans la Lutte contre le Cancer - a group of Monegasque companies united against cancer), was established in 1973 by Princess Caroline to fund research, innovation and patient care related to the fight against cancer.

The exhibition, entitled Couleurs du Monde, will be held in the prestigious Auditorium Rainier III atop Grand Prix Tunnel in October, 2012. If you find yourself in the sun drenched French Riviera this Fall looking to purchase superb art for a good cause, please visit the GEMLUC Art exhibition.

October 1-15, 2012
Auditorium Rainier III (open daily 10h-18h)
Boulevard Louis II
9800 Monaco, France

Multidisciplinary project increases in value

Dust to Dust, a limited edition book project from 2006, has shown a substantial increase in valuation on the secondary market. It's price continues to rise and has increased by as much as 440%.

The Dust to Dust book, which includes an audio compact disc, is best described as a meld of art, science, music, architecture, and writing.

Commission completion

Waldorf School of the Peninsula commissioned Studio Colin Stinson to design and fabricate a sign to identify their new campus in Mountain View, California.

The school's name and symbol were cut in relief into a solid cedar wood panel, which was suspended in a powder-coated steel frame. The project was designed to fit pre-existing location and base conditions, and was completed within budget on schedule.

School Board of Trustees member Simona Martin summed up the community's positive response to the project when she said, "The sign is beautiful and perfectly exemplifies the image we hoped to project. Thank you."

Waldorf School of the Peninsula was recently featured in the New York Times, and on both CBS and NBC News.

Fortress catalog

A full color catalog of the Fortress paintings with an essay by Art in America Contributing Editor Carol Deihl is now available through Amazon books.

ISBN #055795455X

Heavy Fierce Brightness soundtrack reissued

Sound work for the art installation Heavy Fierce Brightness at Chandra Cerrito Contemporary Gallery has been reissued on Utech Records. Originally a vinyl only release, this CD reissue is available through Utech Records and Amazon.