One of the first ‘professional’ artists I saw actually paint something was public television phenomenon Bob Ross. The effortless way he conjured clouds, lakes, mountains, and trees into existence seemed magical to my young and impressionable brain. (I still don’t get how he did what he did with that palette knife). His personality, hair, voice, and style invoke an almost mythical time, untouched by passing trends, perhaps never to be repeated.
I’m sure most of us visual artists, a generation of artists in fact, were in some way, large or small, influenced in our formative years by this iconic pop-artist. For this show the invited artists were asked to take that influence and turn it into a work of art. Whether they think Bob Ross is cliche, kitsch, or amazing I hoped they would pay tribute to his style or react against it.
Happy Little Trees
@ Screaming Sky Gallery
1416 NE Alberta St.
Portland, OR 97211
OPENS September 27, 2012 | 5-9pm
List of participating artists:
Aaron Jasinski, Augie Pagan, Bijijoo, Bryan A. Collins, Casey Weldon, Craig LaRotonda,
Crystal Barbre, David Huyck, David Lozeau, Emily Jannings, Henry Schreiber, Jason Liwag,
JoKa, John Kettle, Keita Morimoto, Kyle Abernethy, Lara Dann, Mad One, Matt Linares,
Michael Mararian, Neil M. Perry, Peter Chan, Phresha, Shwa Keirstead, Susannah Kelly,
Thierry Lafontaine, Tim Mccormick, Tom Bagshaw.