Aprés moi, les déluge

Some images from the catalog for my recent show in March.


le deluge #4  2010.  I made four of these "Coriolis" paintings based on a late friend's work.  Sold all but this one.  These really don't photograph too well - even in good lighting with an excellent photographer!  In any case, they are popular works and should hold their aesthetic beauty for quite some time I think.

le deluge #1  2010.  Although it didn't make the cover of my catalog, this is a close second (I actually like it best of the four some days).

space chicken  2004. Another trip to vanityland in this self portrait!  The blue and yellow thing is a chicken copied from a 1978 craft project.  I made a "space chicken" on an "unbreakable" plate; the brown part is his ladder, and the colored floating spheres are eggs.  I can still remember being frustrated about my mother making one of the eggs on that plate better than mine...  That plate was indeed broken years later (around 2000) and I still keep the pieces.

untitled  2010.  To me, this was my FAVORITE work in the show.  I also made a gold one that I have not yet photographed.  They both have a temporary home at my local d!sp3nsary.  Really, they're a big hit with all the patients.

el corazon  2008.  I have this hanging in my living room.  There's a great story behind this one, but you'll have to take my word for it 'cause I ain't tellin'

some new stuff in progress!

 Here are a few of the smaller pieces I've been working on.  Again, you'll just have to get over camera phone pix.  These are all works in progress, but they're still coming from the same general point of departure in terms of content.  These are also all on wooden panel, so they'll have a nice smooth surface that will let a lot of small detail shine through.

Despite my current physical limitations keeping me from working larger scale, I'm really having fun with these.

I've also been doing some of these in oil paint and stand oil.  They're likely to be a long time in the making however from the stand oil.  If I can get a good one this way, I'll be stoked.


three here in a group, top one belongs to my three year old... she has a great time painting with her daddy.


this one is going to come out really good.

detail of the ink work surrounding the elipse.

signs of some nice line work to come as she gets older...

more tools
I'm kind of messy, no?


action painter.

even more stuff!

 Found this photo of the video installation that went with the five summer stories paintings.  It's a short montage of "important" surf films/movies from the 1960s to the 2000s.  Included in no order are: Five Summer Stories, The Endless Summer, Summer Super Series, The Seedling, & some O'neill video with Rat Boy.  Basically all of the films used have the same basic scene types over five decades.  The surfing may have changed but the films really haven't...

Installation shot of self portrait with Joe Strummer & Juice Newton  2004/5.  I still have this piece and it's always a fun one for me to look at.  I used a lot of different techniques here, so it's a good one to spend time with, plus there's Juice and Joe.

untitled  1993.  Oil and acrylic on canvas.  Not a great painting, but I still have it.  It was my first commissioned painting but the client wasn't into it...  I'm certain I got all butt-hurt over it but I can't throw it out.  I came up with this brilliant idea in the bathtub from what I can recall.

lost and found series 2006 and ongoing...  I painted the sleeping Mexican and the sun rays.  Pretty sure this belonged to Michael Brunswick before I pulled it out of a dumpster at Otis in 2005.  I've since passed it on to Gilda and she sent it to another artist.  I really like this one too.

swan princess 2005. Painted for a friend, it was a nice painting until their house burnt to the ground.

and a nice detail... I LOVE the setting sun in the skull's eye.

Probably why I often get called an asshole.  I made this "official license" for one AB.  AB thinks that he paints like Pablo Picasso and that he only needed art school for "a piece of paper."   I disagree so I had Picasso himself sign this license for him.  School is WAAAAAY too expensive, but it was a valuable experience for me in terms of what I make.  He didn't take his paper and leave like I had hoped.

more pictures...

Time to dig up some more old stuff and maybe have a peek at what I've been up to in the garage!

el masoquista made in 2005.  It's a portrait of Gary Busey as Leroy The Masochist in the AMAZING film, Big Wednesday, 1977?  I dunno, find your own sources...  This fine piece belongs to my tattoo artist now.

five summer stories #2  2006.  Early early brush stroke painting.  House paint, spray paint, enamel, acrylic, ink, love, patience.  This painting started a very interesting path that I'm still happily chaining myself to in terms of content and form/materials/aesthetic.

 five summer stories #1 aka "A-Frame" 2005. More early experimentation with the brush strokes as painted representations of water.  Also one of my favorites sold to a collector.  That Raymond Pettibon wave I stole looks bad ass.

nostalgia (Phoebe Cates portrait)  2006.  Lots of paints mixed again, lots going on.  It's a shitty picture and it's all I have so take it for what it's worth.  This one was real fun to make and pretty much fell together.  It was an easy sell.  It also went really well with a video installation that has since been lost...

...if only I knew a video editor to help me put it back together...

untitled (the skirt advert)  2004/5?  One of many representation of representation avenues...  It's a beautiful painting.  It will still look good in years to come... Gifted a few years ago :) - well, made as a gift.

thrift store painting  2005.  I LOVE this painting.  There's a story, but I ain't 'a tellin'

lost and found series, surfing Virgin Mary  2006/7.  A sweet little painting from someone's (Soonie Makaena, maybe?) tossed out "failure" of a painting at Otis.  I have a good collection of these and can always use more.  They're great to pass around to other artists.  And if you make a good one, you've recycled enough to kill a baby harp seal or six on the voucher program.

Generously, donated to one CRB.  really, it was a good gift because this is a fucking good piece.

los vaqueros de las olas #?  2004/5. Another fun series of paintings.  I stole the name from Hilbers' and Putnam's crew.  There's some content, but you won't care because these are some straight ahead good paintings.  If you can guess the "cowboy" right first, I'll do something nice... same applies to all from this series.


 there are two cowboys here.

 I have a shit-load more to upload, but I'm tired.  I have a LOT to get to including some good stories from the olden days of exploring and boozing!


My name is Shane...

...and I am an artist.

Mostly, I like painting in the context of art making.  Painting has been the object of my affection for a long time and I've seriously gone through buckets and buckets worth of paint in my life.

I'll mainly be concentrating on my art practice here, but I'm easily distracted sometimes so you never know...

and now some images

This is what I spent five months making when I was at Otis (2003-2006).  It's a driftwood wave.  40' wide, 12' tall, 12' deep; modular construction; found driftwood (mainly from Emma Wood beach in Ventura).  I think it's pretty cool and I sometimes miss being with it.  It now resides in someone's yard in Palos Verdes.

Here's another piece I miss being around... It's a self portrait with Juice Newton and the Wilson sisters (from the band, Heart).  I destroyed most of it driving it home on top of my Landcruiser (which I also regret selling).  It was a nice painting.

Last one for now - we'll have plenty of time to see more as I get comfy...
This one is one of my recent larger (not "big" by my standards) works.  It's part of a body of work exploring painted representations of painted representation.  Confused?  Good.  Basically, they're paintings of paintings of water.
I'll likely always be attracted to playing with representational subject matter and I'm having a lot of fun with what I've been making recently.  To me, it shows.  This photo courtesy of David Hauver.