The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
Painted Interpretations of Modern Icons
January 7th - 29th, 2011
by Chris Haberman + Scott Chase
BIG THANKS TO:
DJ DEENA B &
About the Show
“I met Scott earlier this year when he moved into our building. He was a big, friendly, kinda hairy guy hailing from a place I mock on a regular basis: The Couv (Vancouver, Washington). We talked and laughed and drank and became friends, although he was from Vantucky. Then he lost his laboring warehouse job. We became better friends and his sharp tongue and obvious intellect and charisma won me over.
One day he asked me if I would give him some paint so he could make art. He told me he liked to draw but had never painted before. I gave him what he asked (black and white paint and a board). Scott returned the next day with a completed work – a well rendered portrait of “The Oil Man” from the film There Will Be Blood. I was simply amazed that this “laborer” and boasting former “stone mason” had created this shadowy and emotive realistic painting. “Bullshit” I said. “You’ve painted before.” He swore he hadn’t. No art school, no painting, no hours bent at the artisan bench, just contrasting paints, a shoddy piece of plywood , a pit-bull at his feet, and obviously a true hidden talent. Scott began to paint more and his subjects were things he loved from movies and life: characters, athletes, icons. His simple contrast was quick and skilled, capturing the photo he worked from but integrating his style – not trying to make the picture perfect, but making it his own. He truly didn’t give a shit about the “art world” or what he “should” paint. He just painted. He sold works over the summer, gaining a few collectors, having a solo show in a restaurant and was a part of several group shows. Every time I showed his work people were attracted to its familiarity and its grit. His work is never reminded of someone who has been painting only a few months. One guy actually asked me if the artist was an old woman.
We talked about having a show together and at this time I really felt like an “art” brother to him. He regularly went out late, picking up girls, drinking, hanging out – when really all I wanted him to do was paint. “Start painting,” I said to him one day. “Stop fucking.” “Okay, I’ll try,” he said.
This series is based upon Scott’s choice of characters, and his development as a new artist. I am proud to have been his mentor in this self-discovery and I am always amazed at his commitment and courage to try this out so quickly. He doesn’t use a grid to make the characters, everything is done by hand from a photograph. Our responses to these photos were not shared with each other until this show. This is our examination of icons that reflect the bright and shadowy parts of life – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.”
Chris Haberman Bio
“Through out history people are remembered for their actions and recognized by their portraits. When I started this series I tried to divide figures past and present into categories (Good/Bad/Ugly) but found many of the icons I had chosen fit more than one of these groups. This evolved into me finding figures whose actions fit all three categories. With the subjects selected Chris and I painted portraits of each icon though our different and unique artistic filters. Our goal is to invoke the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly in each figure though these portraits.
I chose to paint with Chris Haberman for my first show because he is a good friend, a mentor and a great artist. His style is unique and creates a colorful contrast to my style while still capturing the depth of our subjects though a single portrait.”
December, 2010Scott Chase Bio
CHARLES BUKOWSKI, FIDEL CASTRO, MICHAEL JACKSON, ELVIS PRESLEY, GRIGORI RASPUTIN, AUDREY HEPBURN, DR. JOHN MCLOUGHLIN, CRAZY HORSE, VINCENT VAN GOGH, ERNEST HEMINGWAY, MARK TWAIN, ALICE COOPER, EVEL KNIEVAL, CHE GUEVERA, LADY GAGA, JAMES BROWN, G.G. ALLIN, DOC HOLIDAY, MIKE TYSON, WILLIE NELSON, JOHNNY CASH, TIGER WOODS ,NOTORIOUS B.I.G., MARILYN MONROE, FRIDA KAHLO, CHARLIE PARKER, HUNTER S. THOMPSON, JESUS CHRIST, BABE RUTH