I was hired by the San Jose Jazz Summer Fest to create a 3×8 foot chalk art piece near the childrens area during the event on Sunday August 10th, 2014. Piece was done in a few hours with a less than ideal surface. Created it to blend in with Clif Gold’s piece he created the during the prior day through the first half of that Sunday.
I was heartbroken when I came home to discover Robin Williams had committed suicide. To see someone who’s work inspired me (and so many others) as a child to use humor to deal with life and make the best of things tugs at the heart. He was brilliant and able to show a great versatility to his craft. One moment he could be off the wall nuts to heart-breakingly vulnerable; where he could break your heart while you laughed (Fisher King comes to mind). He showed me it was okay to be random, a spastic goof, it was fine to be an oddball.
Hearing it was a suicide made sense to me. It’s often easy to make others laugh, it helps you get away from your own pain. To be frank, I was not a huge fan of his recent works, but I feel he still had many more decades in him still. I am so very grateful for the decades of influence that I was able to witness, thank you for the laughter and the tears. I will miss you deeply.
Here are few events I am doing this month, where you can see me make my works and also score some new buttons/ original art / paintings. I’m preparing for two bigger shows and the APE convention, suffice it to say I’m in production mode right now.
Thursday July 17th
I will be working on a new painting through the night at the Triton Museum for the second Night at the Triton event. Free, all ages event running from 6-10pm.
More information can be found here:
John Cloud, Miguel Machuca, and myself will be creating huge pieces of Chalk Art for the attendees of the Market Wine Pour. For more information of the event go to:
Saturday July 19th Evening
FREMONT UNDERGROUND returns Saturday, July 24th. I’ll be there from 6-10pm live painting through the evening, bringing some new prints and buttons and possibly more.
FUSE is made possible with the support of the City of Fremont.
Thursday July 24th
Those of you in the Oakland/Alameda area, I do a monthly live painting night the the Layover Lounge from 6-10pm.
Come by, say hello score some prints/buttons possibly a commissioned piece while you’re at it, and of course the wonderful coctails and a really awesome
non-pretentious group of people. It’s a great way to unwind, see some Live art by myself and Nik Caesar with tunes spun by DJ Cuts on Demand.
1517 Franklin St
Downtown Oakland, Ca
This weekend is the seventh annual subzero festival (http://www.subzerofestival.com/).
My latest painting made for the Kaleid Gallery for their “How I See Me” group art show which will be outside of the gallery and on display at the Kaleid Booth.
I will be there live painting at the Luna Park Chalk Art through the evenin both Friday and Saturday nights.
Last, but not least I am premiering my new zine “Life’s a Pisser: Analogue Edition” at the Zine booth.
Each hand numbered and signed. The web-comic is coming back with more frequent updates once my class begins and I have more time to write and illustrate them. www.lifesapisser.com
New painting from last week’s Rise show. Currently looking for a new home.
A Heavy Weight mixed media on wood $300
No More Room For Us Here 11×14″
Framed vector Illustration
New piece finished for Saturday’s Bigfoot show taking place at Psycho Donuts (Campbell). I am showing alonside some other really sweet artists. More information can be found here:https://www.facebook.com/events/234469683407575/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming
Don’t forget, this Friday March 21st from 7-10pm will be the closing reception for Despondency. I’ll be there live painting and raffling off the finished piece at the end of the evening. $5 per raffle ticket to be able and take home an original piece of art is pretty sweet!
44 Race st
San Jose, Ca 95126
Heres a map
This has been the most personal show I have ever put out there. It would have been a waste not to document it. I hope you enjoy the video. This show put a fire under my feet, and really re-energized me in a way that I needed much more than I knew. Perhaps I should stop avoiding more possibilities and turning down solo shows due to being so damn insecure and just do them now more often.
The show runs through March 22nd at Art Boutiki during business hours (Mon-Friday 10am-6pm, Sat 12-5pm)
A preview of just a few of availble pieces on display
There will be a closing reception/event on
Friday March 21st from 7pm-10pm.
Michael will be at the reception creating a live piece of art that will be
raffled off at the end of the evening.
Picture Atlantic will premiere their new music video for “White Knight” followed by an acoustic performance of four new songs. Dj Sahab spins the rest of the evening. Completely free, so come on down.
A big thank you to all the wonderful people who came out to my opening this past friday. I want to remind you that the works are still up and will be through March. You can visit the Art Boutiki during business hours (Mon-Friday 10am-6pm, Sat 12-5pm)
I have received many requests from those who were unable to make it, so I will now have a closing reception for the show on March 21st from 7-10pm. This will coincide with Picture Atlantic premiering their new music video followed by an accoustic performance.