I have generally been paring my collection down of late, selling mostly prints. But I couldn't resist adding this piece -- Iguana Season by Matthew Grabelsky -- from the Wild at Heart show at Thinkspace. It seems as if everyone was writing about how much they like other artists, but the Grabelsky painting spoke to me. Although I haven't seen any of Matthew's art in the flesh, the composition on this one was terrific.
I saw it at the show. Very impressive live. You're going to love it when it arrives.
It's in the house, and I am very taken with this piece. Two things I've noticed that could not be seen from the posted jpegs: 1. The man and iguana really pop at night under normal light. It almost is a 3-D effect. Interesting that this is not obvious during the day. I've pointed it out to several people, and all have agreed that the effect is quite noticeable. 2. There are two smal blemishes on the man's face/cheek. Like most of us, his skin isn't perfect. These can easily be seen as small brown dots or circles in the posted jpeg. When the painting arrived, and I got my first look at it, I did a double take, thinking the larger of the two facial blemishes might have been slight damage to the painting. It has more depth to it than the overall brush strokes would suggest is normal. But on closer inspection, there is a very small brush hair in the dot. My son is actually quite taken with this feature, and decided that it made the mole/blemish look quite real and more realistic than if it hadn't been there. I don't know if Grabelsky saw this and decided to leave it, or if it was overlooked, but whatever the explanation, it has become an endearing quality to the painting.
Last Edit: Jun 30, 2012 6:56:34 GMT -8 by treweman
treweman, great collection. I love that Joe Vaux piece. Joe's been a friend of mine for decades; he introduced me to San Diego Comic-Con 20 years ago! That is one of my fave pieces he's done.
Thanks. I am a big fan of Joe's work, and would love to have one of his bigger pieces. Although the piece I have is a bit on the smaller side, I think the image is my favorite of the many paintings I've seen.
I've been lax in posting my collection, but will make an effort to add to this thread in the next few days. I do have more of my collection on a flickr accout ... www.flickr.com/photos/treweman/
Things are starting to come together with my collection. I bought two OGs over Thanksgiving, and am going to be moving quickly to buy a third. But all are quite large (and two are expensive), so sadly this will mean that I have to get serious about selling some of my collection. I really don't want to do this, but I desperately need wall space and funds.
At the start of the new year I decided that I would concentrate my efforts on acquiring street/urban art, and focus on OGs and non-stencil artists. Although not initially on my radar, I picked up a 2008 Sickboy canvas from a member of the Banksy Forum. The painting, titled City Is Eating The Tree, probably isn't a good example of his recent work, but I like it quite a bit, and the price was right. At 60 cm by 90 cm, it will make a statement. It also has a color palette that will be unique to my collection. Finally, the message here does give a true insight into the thinking of Sickboy. In an interview with the Londonist last October, this was the last question and Sickboy's answer.
Interviewer: Given legal carte blanche, what would be your ultimate place to paint and what would you draw? Sickboy: I think legal carte blanche removes a lot of the point for me. If I was God, I’d paint some trees back into the city.
So, with that said, this is the piece that will be winging its way to me from the UK.
I haven't posted to this thread in quite a while. I have been meaning to add several new acquisitions, but had hoped to explain something about each, particularly why I chose them and how they fit with my collection, and we all know about good intentions. Anyway, better done than perfect - here are my latest two additions. Very different, but strangely they do belong together in my collection. I will explain more late (more good intentions).