Working on a show based on the St Louis music scene. KDHX Presents: Fifteen Keys - The Guitars Of St Louis. More details will be coming as time gets closer. First 4 paintings are done.
I also did a slideshow of progress on EJ Fitch's GnL Broadcaster. Kind of a look at how I do these guitar paintings. The music is by EJ's band Soma Jet Set - quickly becoming one of my favorite bands. SLIDESHOW Video
I was recently interviewed by the Mason City Globe Gazette. The feature ran in the Lifestyles section of their Sunday edition. You can view the article here if you prefer: Story
New series: Trains and Graffiti.
"Pinch" - 26.5x62.5 Arylic on canvas. Sold - Private Collection.
HACK - 23x45
WORM - 18.5x45
BONG - 22.5x62.5
St Louis Is My Kind Of Town
Weekend of January 18th 2014:
First off, many thanks to the local thieves who resisted the urge to smash in my window and steal all my luggage this trip. Thank you! I came home with all of my underwear and electronics!
Love this city. St Louis is such a great place. I miss it, but at the same time have grown very fond of my current rural existence. If there are more than 5 cars on the road I have an anxiety attack. However, the city is full of a life and a culture that is hard to beat.
St Louis city is also full of great architecture including my friend Dana's house in the LaFayette LaSalle area of south city (one of those...?). They have a beautiful home and my visits are always followed by a stiff neck as I admire the 380 ft ceilings in his home.
Dana Smith is an incredible artist who is well-known in the city for the paintings he does of local bands. Last year when we saw Centro-matic together at Off Broadway, Dana took a bunch of pictures and I commissioned a painting of one of them. It turned out so great. Just incredible work. Below is a picture of Dana in his studio and the painting.
It is hard for me to top the experience of getting a great new work of art, but have to admit that the highlight of the weekend for me was getting to spend time with Chris Grabau and his wonderful family in their southside home. Many may know Chris as the founder/frontman for the band Magnolia Summer or for his work with bands like Waterloo, Cave States and Half Knots. Chris is an incredible musician and songwriter and I was very honored to work with him on a painting of his 89 Gretsch Duo Jet.
Meeting Chris was great. He gave me a rig rundown of his guitars and I tried to hide my giant smile when he let me play his Gretsch. First time I have played an actual guitar from one of my paintings. The whole time was surreal as I am a big fan of Magnolia Summer. The new CD was just released - The Hill or the Climb - and part of the reason I was in town was for the release party at Off Broadway later that same night. I would recommend the new CD and tell you that their 2005 release From Driveways Lost View never strays too far from my CD player.
Seeing them live for the first time was an absolute honor. I was mesmerized by the musicanship of all on stage - the set was solid and inspiring. I was giddy like a young child at a balloon festival when I noticed Chris wearing a Fugitive Art T shirt under his button-down shirt on stage. Completely honored and humbled by the whole day. Hopefully I will see a few more Magnolia Summer shows in the coming years.
Below: Magnolia Summer at Off Broadway, Chris and I with the painting of his Gretsch, and one of Chris cleaning the Gretsch up for the show later that night.
Billy Bragg's 1983 Burns Steer. This was done as a commission for Mr. Bragg himself. It was an honor to work with him on this cool guitar. Prints available here or by contacting me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Working with California band Greater Pacific on album cover
I just finished a painting that will be used on an album cover for a band out of southern California called Greater Pacific. The album titled Incandescent will be released on September 4th through Yer Bird Records out of Calgary. You can see the cover and listen to a song by clicking on their name above or by clicking right here.
The Fugitives Have Won (Studio):