If you are in the area for the famous Art Basel event, head on over to Art Whino at 425 26th Street in Miami FL for the Quick & Painful Art Basel Reception taking place Saturday, December 3rd, 8pm-Midnight.
They will be releasing special tattoo inspired flash giclee prints by the World’s most popular lowbrow artists: Alex Pardee, Amanda Visell, Brandt Peters, Camilla D’Errico, David Horvath, Devilrobots, Frank Kozik, Greg “Craola” Simkins, Joe Ledbetter, Junko Mizuno, Kathie Olivas, Pete Fowler, Ron English, Sam Flores, TADO, Tara McPherson, and Tokidoki co-founder and Creative Director Simone Legno.
$40 Tattoos will be provided during the reception by industry elites Joe Capobianco, Jesse Smith, Eric Merrill, Christian Perez, Scott White, and Jason Stephan.
The Gallery will be open for viewing during Art Basel: Friday, December 2nd, Noon-8pm Saturday, December 3rd, Noon-8pm Show Reception, 8pm- MidnightLive Painting, Tattoos, Music, Open Bar Sunday, December 4th, Noon-5pm
Perhaps my favorite tattoo artist of all time… if not, one of the top… and perhaps more importantly, one of my favorite contemporary artists today… which I think means a lot considering I ain’t no slouch in the realm of contemporary art… I am an art professor for gods sakes.
Anyway, Nick Baxter is a remarkable man, an awe inspiring artist, and an unbelievable tattooist. At the moment, he has an exhibition in Portland. If you are in the area in any stretch imaginable, please stop in to check out the show. I am going to post a few images from the exhibition and perhaps even supply a few of my personal observations and critiques. Until then, be sure to see it if you can and be sure to check Nick out on his website:
328 NW Broadway (at Flanders) #117, Portland, OR 97209
Opening Reception: Thursday, July 7th, 2011 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Gallery Hours: Saturdays from 12:00 – 5:00 pm and by appointment
Nisus Gallery is pleased to present Reclaiming, a show of all new works by Nick Baxter. This series of paintings illustrate the recovery of a physical and spiritual connection to the living world. This connection not only supports our existence, but comprises our very bodies and consciousness. Baxter’s technical style, which merges the classic trompe l’œil aesthetic with allegorical themes, lets viewers witness this process of reclamation.
Don’t miss this one-night only event! Over 350 paintings from the world’s largest collection of unique miniature paintings will be on display! Grab your magnifying glasses and get ready to focus on small art with a huge visual impact. Artists from all over the world have been a part of this Pint Size Project, and now is your chance to see it in all its splendor. This is a small window of opportunity so don’t miss your chance to see the Pint Size Paintings exhibition, one night only @ Sacred Gallery NYC, 424 Broadway in Soho NYC
Also available for purchase at the event, “Pint Size Paintings Volume #1; Miniature Paintings By Big Artists”, a 224-page hardcover collection of these miniature masterpieces. Take a piece of history home with you, and take some time to ponder the little things! Show special .00
For anyone who was fortunate enough to see the exhibit I curated for the University of Houston- Clear Lake entitled, “Artists of Permanence: the fine art of the tattooist,” you will certainly remember the work of Shawn Barber. One of his paintings graced the front of the promo postcard that was sent out to announce the event. But my little show wasn’t even enough to make it onto his Resume… although, Shawn, if you read this… Put it on there, man! A major University show on the Third Coast will give more diversity to your show listings! Ok, sorry about that folks, it is the art educator in me… and speaking of art educators, Mr. Barber really does know what he is doing without me barking at him. You see, Shawn graduated from Ringling School of Art and Design (a great program where I was invited to become tenure track faculty before I took a job offer in Washington State). Barber has also taught painting, drawing, illustration, and the business of art at a number of top notch schools around the United States.
Besides his regular teaching gigs, Shawn has had the opportunity to travel and lecture around the world. His work is highly sought after and he has made quite a name for himself in the illustration world as well. So, he really doesn’t need any advice from me. For more background info on Shawn, you can check out his website at: www.sdbarber.com, you can also check out my write up on him for a previous Tattoosday by clicking here: http://artbikerworld.wordpress.com/2008/12/09/tattoosday-shawn-barber/
Anyway, enough background and chit-chat… the reason for this week’s post is because Shawn is having a big solo show in San Francisco and has been kind enough to let us know about it… so, we are letting you know. What follows is the note from Barber:
I have been working on a new body of work for a solo show in San Francisco at The Shooting Gallery- and it opens on the 15th of August, runs through September 8th…
I started painting tattooed artists in 2005, obsessively documenting the men and women that define contemporary american tattoo art. My dedication and enthusiasm for the art form gradually opened doors for me to learn the craft from some of the greatest tattoo artists in the world. I find myself at a crossroads, with an unwavering passion for painting and an equal desire to practice the craft of tattooing.
Presently, my life is consumed with tattooing, the art of tattoo and documentation of tattooing through painting. Every day, the intimacy of tattooing saturates all that I do. It keeps going deeper, layered and more personal.
Tattooed Portraits: Snapshots is a glimpse into that intimacy.
Opening Reception, Saturday, August 15th, 7pm-11pm, 2009
This Friday, my good friend and the man who did my sleeve, Nick Baxter will be sharing a gallery with the talented Mr. Adrian Dominic (www.adriandominic.com) in the Phoenix area. Nick now lives in Austin, TX and Adrian hails from the Valley of the Sun. The Gallery, Pravus Gallery, is located at 501 E. Roosevelt; Phoenix, AZ 85004 (www.pravusgallery.com)
A month from now I’ll be having a split show with friend and artistic collaborator Adrian Dominic in his hometown of Phoenix, Arizona. The opening reception will be on Friday, August 7, beginning around 8pm and coinciding with the huge First Friday art walk that the city holds every month. Adrian will be showing a new group of new paintings, which I can say, are awesome and have some really important symbolism in them for people considering the dilemmas we face in today’s world. My part of the show will be a slight departure from my usual: a group of new photographs I’ve been working on over the past year that deal with the roots of human aggression and suffering, and the process of personal growth and healing from those things. If you’re in that area come check it out and say hello to us at the opening!
Please go and represent for me… run up on Nick and give him a big ol’ hug for me (it will probably freak him out). And keep your eye here, as Adrian is someone I have selected to showcase in the Tattoosday section of this blog.