Saturday, March 13, 2010

Show at Freshy's in West Seattle 3/11/2010

My friend Amber who owns Freshy's coffee shop in West Seattle asked me to put up some art. This was my first show of new work in Seattle in over three years. I made a series of small postcard sized paintings inspired by my 2 month journey across the US of A.

22 4x6 and 5x7 postcard sized paintings in all. The series is meant to tell a story, however each painting also stands on its own. They are each selling for $125. The whole series is $1700. It all started with a velvet painting of a moonlit desert landscape that I found in Albuquerque NM. I added a little pink bug-like character and that was the idea that spawned the rest of the series. The velvet painting is $250. Images of the velvet panting will be up as soon as I get back to Freshy's with a stepstool and some extra lights.

West Seattle has an art walk every 2nd Thursday of each month. Despite the fact that Freshy's is a bit of a hike from the hub of the art walk, on a cold rainy night there was an amazing turn-out. Jessica, Jimmy, Isis, Maya, Jeff, Kelly, Michael, Brooke, Tim, Eli, Brenda, Tim, Chris, Tasha, Brian, Jason, Nate, Jon and Susan - Thanks to Amber and Jen for rolling out the red carpet. thank you all for coming down. It was great to see so many friendly faces. After the reception Tim, Nate, Eli, Jason and I continued the celebration at the Viking Tavern in Ballard.

The photos are a bit blurry. My lighting wasn't so good. Stay tuned for an update soon with better quality pix.

First painting of 2010

Fireworks at midnight in Ouray CO
Katie with her painting
Katie, the sweetest pup
Katie loves her stuffed animals. They are covered in drool and mangled beyond recognition but she loves them just as well.

I spent two relaxing weeks in Ouray CO. I arrived on New Year's Eve in time to celebrate with my sister, brother in law and friends Anne an Pierre. Pierre's band OHB played at Obrien's Pub, Ouray's place to be any day, but the NYE party was like no other. First, it was a huge full moon. The light of the moon reflected off the snowy mountainside lit up everything bright as day.
OHB stands for O'Brien's House Band btw.

Ouray is truly a magical place in the winter. While I was visiting, the Annual Ice Festival and International Ice Climbing Competition were happening so the town was a little more bustling than usual.

Pierre and Anne's dog Katie has cancer and it disintegrated her hip bone causing her to lose use of her right rear leg. The vet gave her just a few weeks to live. She beat the odds and is still kickin' it as of this writing over 3 months later.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Last Show in NYC for 2009

My last empty glass in the city for a long time...
Niagara Bar at midnight
Nari Kim.
Nick, Pat and some dumbass
Anne Yen and Phil Kaffen. Anne's animal illustrations are kick ass!
Hey Ho Let's Go by Yoshitomo Nara on the wall of the bar!
The show in full swing! The Room was packed.
Ashkan Sahihi, a mind blowing photographer and Ashlyn Marquez.
how could you not have a smile on your face at this show?

I decided to move back to Seattle and take a couple months to travel and visit friends across the US. Some friends I haven't seen in over 20 years. I participated in a group show at Niagara Bar on December 17th 2009. It was my second show at Niagara. There was a great turn out and the show doubled as a last chance to see some friends before heading west.

The show theme for me was Jesus paintings since it was so close to the Christmas holiday. Most pieces have been around a while. One new piece I was really excited to show was the 'Don't Ask me 4 shit'. Joseph and Mary are strung out on speed and chain smoking on the strip. Baby JC is hooking them up with some 40's of Budweiser. The painting has LED chase lights buried in the background that flash. As with most of my Jesus paintings this newest piece was painted on an existing print. The flashing lights are part of the design. The lights run on 2 AA batteries. Photo and Video of the new piece will be forthcoming.

Niagara is at the corner of Avenue A and 7th Street. It's got a really cool Joe Strummer Mural on the side of the building and has and amazing gallery space. The bar is affordable for NYC, always friendly servers and cool Yoshitomo Nara drawings on the walls inside. The Antagonist Art Movement curates the shows once a week on Thursdays. You can find them on Facebook as well as Myspace. is their website.

Living in New York for almost 3 years was an incredible experience. I learned a lot at the classes I took at SVA and made some remarkable friends.