Friday, July 31, 2009

My Paintings at Foundation Grounds Coffee House in August!

Check out a selection of my paintings at Foundation Grounds Coffee House for the month of August! Of course they are for sale at very affordable prices, ranging from $50.00 to $175.00- better hurry!

Foundation Grounds is locally owned and operated, with great coffee, personable service, and tasty food- including excellent organic baked goods, as well as tasty vegan and vegetarian dishes. Situated at the corner of Marshall Avenue & Manchester Road in the heart of Maplewood, Foundation Grounds is a short stroll from a wide assortment of local shops and galleries. I am honored to be hanging in such a fine establishment!

7298 Manchester Rd.
Maplewood, MO 63143

Open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Sat.
8 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Holy Family

While I was relaxing in the office the other day shuffling through art and interior magazines, tearing out pages that interest me visually, I came upon an extensive fold-out ad by BMW that impressed me. It must have cost them a fortune! On one side was a two-page overhead photo of South African artist Robin Rhode’s 100 x 200 foot “Expression of Joy”, which opened in the center revealing an extensive article on how the painter came to create this monumental canvas using paint dispensers fit on the back of a BMW Z4 Roadster. Show business, Baby!

 Before you accuse me of scribbling, which I would wholeheartedly encourage, remember that all that was there in the raw appropriated material for my mixed media collage- so I just went with it. Extending the scrolling lines beyond the collaged pieces of magazine paper onto the bare canvas, and highlighting/cutting out the figures in paint, I tried to tie it all together, establish some unity in the painting’s design. I certainly succeed in creating something completely new, something far removed from anything I’d ever done.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Ladies and Gentlemen… Tony Renner.

"Tony Renner (w/A Big Damned X)"
acrylic on paper, 14 x 20"

Another pic of St. Louis artist Tony Renner, this time in acrylic on paper, my first one being in cut corrugated board w/acrylic. I saw a picture of Tony looking up in the sky like he was having some kind of inspired moment/holy enlightenment/UFO encounter that I really liked.

Sunday, July 12, 2009


Here’s a picture of my Daddy at my recent June show at Avante Art Gallery in Maplewood, taken by the very talented Michael Murphy. I was really proud to have my dear father at my show- like a good father he is always there, has always been there for me no matter what and I am eternally grateful. Raising a wild, imaginative, and distracted child was not easy for Patrick, but he took special care- our bond of love is deep. I often wonder how he conceptualizes the wildly different path I took in life, how his gray eyes see me in the roar of my rock and roll band, the bizarre expressionism of my artwork… his wild one. He’s probably amazed (laughs) that I am still alive and gainfully employed! See more of Mr. Murphy’s pics of the show at my MySpace site.

Naomi Silver also interviewed me on before the show as well, where I talk to Naomi about my different methods, mediums, and inspirations- check it out HERE. No one else in St. Louis is doing this kind of one-on-one look inside the local St. Louis arts community on video- Great Work, Naomi!

Avante Art owner and director Brett Steen informed me that my sales were the highest there yet! My heartfelt thanks to Brett and everyone that came out to support me!

Friday, July 3, 2009

"No Mercy", framed...

"No Mercy in My Sleep". 2007
oil pastel and acylic on paper, 14 x 20"

I sold "No Mercy in My Sleep" near the end of May, and I finally got around to framing it- you can read about it here... I nearly hesitated in selling it as it was somewhat special to me, but a very important collector asked for it, one I could not say no to. Thank you Rose for always supporting me in all I do!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Change of date for the group showing at Concrete Ocean Gallery

DUE TO CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND OUR CONTROL THE DATE FOR THE GROUP SHOWING AT CONCRETE OCEAN GALLERY HAS CHANGED TO FRIDAY, JULY 17TH. The work I saw coming in for it was GREAT, by the way- a solid group of artists you don't want to miss!

A few of my small figurative works on plywood from 2003 will be on display at The Concrete Ocean Gallery for a group show on Friday July 17th. Other artists showing: Justin Cissell, Bryan Pease, Marlene Lewis, Ryan B.Thornburg, Sarah E., Stephanie McNair, Susan Giger, Jen Rogenski, Carlyne Hasten, Henry K. Ptasiewicz, and Jennifer Hayes.

Opening Reception
July 17th, 2009
6:oo P.M.
Concrete Ocean Gallery
2257 S. Jefferson Ave. (at Shenandoah)
St. Louis, MO

CM Shaw