What: Kartma (www.kartma.org) live-art launch on the football field at the University of Kansas vs. TCU football game.
Where: Memorial Stadium, Lawrence, Kansas
When: Saturday, September 15, 2012, 11am.
A KU letterman in 1995, Bukaty has carved out a unique position in the art world by capturing events live and in-the-moment. Earlier this year, he captured the final “Border War” battle courtside at Allen Fieldhouse between the University of Kansas and University of Missouri men’s basketball teams. As part of the Kartma launch, Bukaty will now take his talents to the gridiron to capture the spirit of the September 15th game.
After playing football at Kansas, Bukaty worked in the corporate world for a few years with an office in the Sears Tower, until he decided to pursue his lifelong passion for his artwork and has since traveled all over the world in search of the right moment for the right painting. Although Bukaty’s love for “the road” has taken him across the globe, he always jumps at the opportunity to come home to Kansas. “Wherever I go and whatever I choose to paint, my heart is always in Kansas,” Bukaty says. “So when I was asked to come capture the game, I didn’t think twice. That field is home for me!”
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Bukaty developed his idea for “Kartma” during a once-in-a-lifetime trip to India, where he created 100 paintings in 100 days. Since then, Kartma, which mixes art and karma, has been the guiding philosophy behind his work. Recently Bukaty has partnered with childhood friend, Bill Brandmeyer, to turn his idea of Kartma into a reality. Brandmeyer, who has held a lifelong passion for the arts, watched Bukaty’s pursuit of “live” painting grow and recognized the potential to develop an art-focused business based on the concept of Kartma. Brandmeyer has played an active role in Kansas City’s philanthropic community for years: he serves on numerous non-profit boards and he recently launched “KC Cares,” a radio show that highlights local charitable organizations. He co-founded Kanrocksas, an annual Midwest music festival held at the Kansas Speedway®. Together, Bukaty and Brandmeyer are bringing Kartma to their hometown on September 15th.
Whenever Bukaty paints, uses the philosophy of Kartma to give away an additional piece of his artwork to a different charity. “It’s all about giving back,” he says. “My art has added so much to my own life, that I feel that it is my duty to use it to make the world a better place.” The purchase of a Bukaty painting or print ensures that a non-profit in need will receive additional support. Proceeds of the prints sold created from the live event will benefit an arts focused charity designated by the University of Kansas.
John has painted at: 100 Paintings in 100 Days Through India, Soldiers Field, the New Orleans Jazz Festival, the Celebrity Big Slick Children’s Mercy Event, Kanrocksas Music Festival, the 2012 Major League Baseball All-Star Game®, and the Men’s Basketball Big 12 Championship Game. On September 15th, he comes home again. This time, he is bringing Kartma with him.
For more information on John Bukaty and his art, go to: www.kartma.org.
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