This is Lisa. She’s an ebullient, supportive and creative young woman. I’d also classify her as a lil’ bit of a hippie and very much a successful artist . By that I mean, she’s been committed to her art for the almost 20 years I’ve known her (a true pioneer on the jewelry front) and making a living from it. It was through Lisa’s studio and her brokering, that I liquidated one of my largest and most absurd paintings during a particularly rough financial patch for me, some years ago…for that I am eternally grateful. Last spring she and her man copped a couple of my rabbit pieces for themselves. Here Lisa is pictured with I’ll See You Hang for This (v7), 2012. I’d also like to congratulate Lisa and Mungu. Earlier today, the two announced that they have created and will soon be bringing forth a new soul from the ether. #rabbitsasfertilitysymbols
This is Mungu. He’s a truly down to earth cool cat. I don’t know him as well as I should, but enough… he is the LTR of one of my old time lady bros and I have enjoyed every exchange I’ve had with him, so I know him to be solid.
He and his lady acquired Turn Me On (You Fucker) v3 and a version of I’ll See You Hang for This (TBP) last spring. It was a rainy day and they have since moved from the location pictured.
Turn Me On (You Fucker) v3, 2012 63cm x97cm acrylic on 60lb coated paper
Periodically I’ll repeat myself.
Hold it Down, 2011 36cm x 28cm acrylic on canvas
When things don’t go as planned, you must hold it down. When you start to feel yr ghost getting away from you, you must hold it down. When your caught unprepared, you must hold it down. When a sucka tries to test, you must hold it down. When you step onto the dance floor, you must hold it down. You simply must hold it down. Otherwise, what’s the point?
Hold it Down will be up for bids at the For Esme, With Love benefit for the family of Esme Barrera taking place Friday January 13th, 2012 at The Annex/Club 1808, 1808 e 12th St ATX 78702. Please go and bid high on any of the lots.
This is Ella. She is the familiar to one of my friends and patrons, Marc . Over the years I spent a fair amount of time with her. Our interactions usually consisted of her coming up to me at some point, sniffing my foot and running off. Though I am not one for close animal engagement, my encounters with Ella were always pleasant as it seemed we had a mutual respect for each other. So I was not unmoved when I learned, from Marc, of Ella’s passing a few days ago. In his email he described a particularly connected moment that reaffirms my feeling of there being a mutual respect between Ella and me.
“After I was living at my mom’s for a bit, I decided to lay out all of the art I had to see what I wanted to hang on the walls of my studio. When I rolled your piece out, Ella rubbed her face all over it and then proceeded to lay down on for about an hour. She was a fan.”
Goodbye… Ella, the black cat (1995-2011)
This is a rock show flyer from 2004. Since no one involved was making any money off of these endeavors it was important when designing a flyer that it be done as efficiently as possible, in regards to both time and money. Usually I would cannibalize something I was working on currently, scrawl out the text, scan it all, place the elements, convert to black and white, print and make copies.
For some strange reason this is the only photo I have of this painting. I found the canvas outside of a rehearsal space in Los Angeles. I took it with me to Portland where I eventually painted yet another rabbit and book on it. When I moved back to Austin I had a show and sold it to this friendly lady. I didn’t paint that much in 2005 and this is absolutely the best piece from that fallow period. It also helped me pay for my move to Oakland. Thanks magick metal stoners for helping me out on this one.