PELNYC presents an Artist Perspective: “WE WERE THERE”

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A retrospective dedicated to the 25th Anniversary of the Nike Air Max 90

Twenty-five years ago the Nike Air Max 90 is “born.” An artistic impression of the introduction of the Nike Air Max 90.

I hope these paintings prompt collectors to recall their most memorable Air Max 90 moment.

To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Nike Air Max 90, PELNYC (@pelnyc) in partnership with the Whitaker Grp present an art collective of 25 unique portraits that takes you on a twenty-five year journey back in time. Using the Air Max 90 silhouette as the constant variable, the sneaker is showcased and transformed in the art as PEL reflects on some of our most memorable milestones.

Commemorating the last two and a half decades, PEL highlights pop culture, entertainment, trends and events of important historical record like 9/11, The Simpsons, Tupac + Biggie, Pharrell and more. The series reminds you that this beloved shoe has been on foot through many major events. Starting with the unique perspective of the “birth” of the Air Max 90, each piece triggers memories and evokes emotion as one recalls, reflects and enjoys the creative take on milestones throughout the life of the sneaker.

“I remember my first pair of Air Max, hand-me-downs from my cousin. I still have them to this day; old, beat-up, but in the box. They are one of my most prized possessions in my collection. I hope these paintings prompt collectors to recall their most memorable Air Max 90 moment.” says PELNYC founder Pel.

Follow along as each piece from the perspective with its corresponding artist statement is released daily on Instagram @pelnyc starting Monday, May 4th. This countdown of imagery will lead up to a week-long PELNYC Artist Show in New York City starting on Tuesday, June 23rd featuring the “We Were There” paintings an Air Max 90 perspective custom art book release and a Whitaker Grp in-store event on May 28th featuring the new Nike Air Max OG. Additional information on the collective, the Artist Show and the custom art book can be found at

Click on the link below to see a behind the scenes exclusive from Pel on creating the Air Max 90 artist perspective: PEL NIKE AIR MAX 90 BEHIND THE PAINTINGS

PEL is decorated military veteran turned entrepreneur and creative director focusing on art, fashion and graphic design. Raised in queens, New York, he obtained his bachelor’s degree in engineering. After turning his career to his passion in art and fashion, PEL held various strategic director positions for apparel firms as well as consulted as a logo designer for New York City public schools. Today PEL consults and directs an outstanding team through his founded companies, providing art, design, fashion and brand development expertise and support. His roster of clients’ brands include Uniqlo, 10 Deep, Joseph Abboud, Azzuré, Atiziano, UMG, RP55, Wax Poetics, Mighty Healthy, Entree, Reebok, Fila, Diamond Supply, Talkspace, Air Jordan and Nike.

PEL is frequently sought-after for his fine art and satirical cartoons. He has participated in Art Basel in Miami and contributes a full-page monthly satirical cartoon to PENTHOUSE magazine which is based on his daily Instagram cartoons. Follow Pel on Instagram @pelnyc. For more on PEL, his work and his services, please visit

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