A pop of color
A Tulsa business creates art in unlikely places.
ColorPop owner and founder Scott Taylor with one of his company’s murals
How many wedding receptions include live painting and caricatures? Probably not many, but the Tulsa business ColorPop wants to change that.
“Everyone loves our services at weddings because they are so unique and fun,” says Scott Taylor, the company’s owner and founder. “Guests love receiving their caricature illustrations or being able to watch as a professional artist paints the event in real time — a thrill they never forget.”
Taylor started his business to make art accessible to everyone, not just the wedding guests ColorPop often serves. He aimed to create an art company that was a one-stop shop for everything from public murals to event services.
“ColorPop provides a reliable and convenient way for anyone and everyone to get custom-designed, locally made artwork of all kinds for their home or business,” he says.
ColorPop opened in 2012 and employs 15 artists, including muralists, cartoonists, designers and painters. Its home studio is the Pearl District co-working space, Creative Room, but most work is produced on site with clients. Taylor hopes to someday have a brick-and-mortar store to display his artists’ work.
Before ColorPop, Taylor worked as a Starbucks barista. The idea for his innovative art company was spawned by Taylor’s favorite Starbucks duty: designing the daily deals board. He began illustrating superheroes and other pop culture references on the chalkboard, which was a hit with customers.
“I’ve always been interested in art,” he says. “When I got back into it later in life, I realized my passion for artistic expression.”
ColorPop’s artists are hired based on their portfolios and a series of artistic aptitude tests. With artists ranging in age from 17 to early 40s, Taylor emphasizes that he hires according to talent and amount of professional experience.
Along with creating wedding memorabilia, ColorPop can match almost every artistic need, Taylor says. The company creates murals, window paintings and animated commercials and provides other custom art services and residential painting. For example, if given a home as a canvas, ColorPop could paint a trompe l’oeil scene in the kitchen and a cartoon mural in a child’s bedroom, then gather up the family to pose for a charcoal portrait.
Tulsans may recognize ColorPop’s more public work: murals at Tulsa cheesesteak stop Phat Philly’s depicting its essence and history; a fitness- and music-themed mural at Lee Elementary; and, created for the Next/Now Art Show, its Mario Bros.-inspired chalk mural outside of the Arts & Humanities Hardesty Arts Center (AHHA) in the Brady Arts District.
Taylor works with clients and artists to form a collaborative idea of what best fits the customer’s vision.
“Our approach to the creative process is guided by our clients,” he says. “We begin by engaging in thorough communication with you.
“Before we respond, we ask questions, listen and develop a comprehensive understanding of your expectations and desires. With that as a foundation, we begin our design consultation where we flesh out ideas and possibilities as to how to bring those elements together in your project.”
After seeing ColorPop’s live event painting at the Mayo Hotel, newlywed Monica Kopec knew she had to have the service at her wedding.
“Through the planning process they were very helpful and answered any questions I had,” Kopec says. “When they came to the reception, I didn’t even notice them there. They were in a corner and out of the way.”
When it came to ColorPop’s heirloom-quality painting of her and her husband’s first dance, Kopec says she was blown away.
“They’re going places and doing big things,” she says. “I can’t wait to watch where they go.”
ColorPop’s motivation to keep growing is derived from making clients happy, Taylor explains.
“The look on a child’s face when they see the amazing airplane mural on the bedroom wall for the first time, or the look on a bride’s face when she receives her finished, one-of-a-kind painting of her wedding — that’s what it’s all about for us.”
Contact ColorPop at 918-850-1038 or email@example.com. Visit www.colorpoptulsa.com for a list of services.