This past weekend I completed a quest for some artwork that I’d been thinking about for a couple of years. This is the piece:
During an art crawl a couple years ago, I saw it and really liked it. There’s just something about it– virility, masculinity, energy– that struck a chord in me. I love the heavy oil and brush strokes and the bold colors.
But at the time, I passed it up. But every art crawl since (and at random other time) I would think about the piece and lament my missed opportunity.
Well, right around the first of the year I thought about it again and decided to track down the artist and see if it was still available. Only I couldn’t remember the artist’s name.
But I knew he lived and exhibited in the artist area in St Paul. I thought I remembered the building he was in so I started there and called up a listing of the artists in that location.
Nope. Not his building.
So then I googled all artists in Lowertown St Paul— still no dice.
Then I did a Google search for the artist who did pieces where he cut up his work into tiny ovals and used clear pill cases for each fragment then mounted them all to recreate the picture.
This is called “Bitter Pill”.
He also did the piece below which is constructed of tightly rolled dollar bills in a mesh frame.
I love it!
Anyway, this led me to the artists name and website. And email address. So I sent him a message.
And almost immediately he responded and said that Bull was still available and he was surprised and flattered that I still recalled it so vividly. Especially since he hadn’t had the piece out in a few years.
So this past Sunday I met him at his loft space and we chatted for about 30 minutes. I really like his work, and I love that he has so many different styles. Mixed media. Oil. Wood cuts. Pastels. Sculpture. And most with some sort of social commentary.
Anyway, I now own Bull. And this is what it looks like on my wall: