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Wednesday, June 30, 2010


“Alex” by David Hoang
14” x 11”
Walnut Ink & Watercolor on Paper


For our 4th installation of POW (piece of the week), we are featuring my favorite piece from artist David Hoang, "Alex". This work is part of our Urban Portraiture exhibition which is showing through Friday, July 2nd. To hear more about his series for this exhibition, he has a video about it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3aXq80dKq4

Artist Bio

David Hoang explores the foundations of popular culture, de-contextualization, re-contextualization and convergence. Hoang’s work investigates other influential modes of story telling – comic books, film, gossip, literature, music, social media, television, and video games – as they relate to one’s understanding of identity and worldview. Like a DJ, he mixes and re-mixes his materials to create visually representative narratives on the picture plane. Through drawing and painting, Hoang perpetually explores his bicultural upbringing and ethnocentric influences – interweaving experience, understanding, and exploration.

David Hoang was born in Longview, Washington in 1983. He is of Vietnamese and French descent, and is a first-generation American. He received his BFA in painting at Central Washington University in 2006. Hoang’s work is shown nationally throughout the United States. He currently lives and works in Seattle, Washington.

Artist Statement

I am two parts cultural ecologist, one part DJ. My drawings are a repository for other influential modes of storytelling: literature, film, music, television, gossip, text messages, myth, inside jokes, video games, comic books, personal experience and the occasional romantic walk on the beach. I find the picture plane to be a flexible reality in which I can use original and existing icons and images to ask questions about how narrative relates to one’s understanding the self (identity) and one’s understanding the world (worldview).

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Zach Bohnenkamp & John Osgood Upgrading the Youngstown Bus at Artopia

Zach Bohnenkamp of Matamuros posing with the finished product.

Zach B of Matamuros and John O of Bherd Studios teamed up for the recent Artopia festival in Georgetown last Saturday. They were located on Doris Street where they did some aerosol upgrading to the Youngstown Cultural Center bus.

Here's Zach in progress.

Here's what the bus looked like as they were starting the project...

John Osgood, in progress on his side (John's standing on his newly nicknamed ladder "Rickety Sue" - thanks Zach for the aptly named equipment!)

Here's a shot of John's finished side...

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Tim Kapler's "Mutations" is our P.O.W. (piece of the week)

“Mutations” by Tim Kapler
6.75” x 8.75”
Mixed Media on Sticker

We're on our 3rd installment of our POW (piece of the week)feature. And this week we are featuring Tim Kapler who is one of the "Urban Portraiture" artists in our gallery this month. His artwork incorporates incredible line-work and detail and he has on exhibit currently a large selection of small pieces ranging from $40 - $70 a piece. We were taken back by his "Mutations" piece that we're featuring this week because of the strong vibrant colors and the half alien - half human portraiture.

About the Artist

Kapler is a Tacoma-based artist working with found and neglected materials. He has shown locally at Kulture Lab, Urban Art Festival, The Pantages, Sanford & Son, Metro Coffee, Mad Hat Tea Company, as well the Rebar, Bherd Studios and the B.Y.O.A. Show in Seattle.


His work will be on exhibit until Friday, July 2nd and gallery hours are Wed - Fri from noon - 6pm or by calling (206) 234-8348 for an appointment.


Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Brit ka POW: Featuring UK Artist Daniel Lumbini

“A Small Study of Desire”
by Daniel Lumbini
35” x 28”
Oil, Aerosol & Tempura on Canvas


As part of our "Urban Portraiture" exhibit that runs through Fri, July 2nd, we currently have a special guest artist in our gallery, UK artist, Daniel Lumbini. We wanted to feature his piece "A Small Study of Desire" as our POW (piece of the week). Lumbini has shown his work outside of the UK in New York, and for the first time, is showing his work in Seattle. I find his work reminiscent of Conor Harrington with clear detailed images mixed in with loose and out of focus strokes. Please feel free to come by and see his work in person, we have 3 more pieces of his on exhibit. The gallery is open: Wed - Fri from noon-6pm and by appointment by calling (206) 234-8348.

Artist Statement:

My work is a contradiction of everything I've been taught: when you're a kid you're told not to paint outside of the lines; when you're all grown up they tell you things in real life done have any outlines. So I guess my work could be best described as a contradiction of everything I don’t know…

This probably explains my interest in playing with the formula of the human figure and experimentation of human physical awkwardness, as much as I’m keen to bare our psychological flaws. Nothing says imperfection like people and their baggage, myself included, and I guess my style of painting leaves my own flaws exposed also…

My awkwardness and lack of attention to detail is what I hope I’ll be remembered for.


Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Seattle Artists John Osgood & Zach Bohnenkamp at Upfest in Bristol, UK

After several hours of travel anyone and everyone has a point where they can no longer go. That was me when I got the hostel I was staying at. I needed a bed, a floor, something to lay on. I arrived just a bit early though. Check in was a 3pm and it was only 1pm. So I ditched my bag and told myself to do 2 hours of exploring. I got about an hour into looking around and turned back and went back to the hostel, which was adjoined with a bar, and had a few drinks. Finally I got into my room and crashed. After about 17 hours of sleep, I got a knock on the door and Zach & Kendra showed up. These were our first pints, all together, of many over the week we were there...

Zach and Kendra showed up and they were ready to roll. They rallied and kept on trucking. (Nice work you two!) The first place we went to was View Gallery. This gallery was showing a handful of the artist that were going to be a part of Upfest. This is also where we met Wild & Martyna. As they were outside I notice when Martyna was taking a picture she had a nice little blob on her camera. Similar to what Zach had on his. Zach went up and asked her about it, we all started talking, next thing you know we already had our BFF's of Bristol.

Martyna & Wilde

Another friend that we met was Jimmy, who acted as our tour guide for Saturday night. He found us a really nice place to eat and interesting people to talk to. Jimmy also introduced us to "Thatchers Cider". Jimmy, like Martyna and Wilde, was very generous, kind, and hospitable. That is one thing about Bristolians, they are nice people and willing to help.

This was our hostel. Our room was right over the bar (Awesome!). Some interesting fun facts about our room, matresses 2in thick & pillows filled with sand. And we were given a nice little treat on the last night we were there with Mr. Machine gun laugh sitting out on the patio right outside our room yuckin it up.

Here is the beginning of our piece. When we got there they informed us that we were given 8' x 12' instead of 8' x 8' which we planned for. More room, yes please.

Perspective finger point into the camera, a staple of John Osgood photo ops.

Finished deal. Cool thing about this piece is that the person that was suppose to be to left of our mural, never showed. So Zach and I collaborated with Rojo, from Spain. Working with Rojo was awesome. He let us use his stencil on our piece and it really pulled the pieces together.

Rojo and Zach Working away.

People chill'in at Upfest

Music was bump'in the whole time we were there. A lot of drum and bass and hip hop stuff.

K74 and GOIN collaboration

Julian Kimmings tore it up. I really like his work.

The blueish-gray piece is Rojos.

Another favorite of mine.

This was pretty money too.

This perspective cityscape was crazy!

Here's a slide show of Zach & My mural in progress:

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Jose Rodriguez III on exhibit for "Urban Portraiture" June 11 - July 2

In this series of paintings for "Urban Portraiture" Rodriguez tried to capture the essence of Seattle with some of its urban settings and a few indiginous animals of the Northwest. His paintings are based on photographs that he took in various location in and around Seattle. His approach was: what would the city be like if all the people moved out and left everything behind? What would the face of a city filled with animals look like when they are able to move back in and make it their home again? Free to do as they will, but left with an altered habitat to roam.

"Old Willow Gold" by Jose Rodriguez
12" x 24"
Oil on Canvas

Willow goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)
Note: The willow goldfinch was adopted as the official state bird of Washington State in 1951.

"Neo Habitat" by Jose Rodriguez
18" x 24"
Oil on Canvas

Racoon (Procyon lotor)
Note: Racoons are able to identify an object before they touch it because they have specialized hairs above their claws. Their paws are very dexterious and have been known to open jars, doors and complex locks.

Jose Rodriguez is a Seattle based artist with an interest in organic subjects. Much of his paintings provide provoking color contrast and a strong sense of perspective. Usually painting in oils, Rodriguez has also been known to use many different mediums in the process of painting. Formally trained in illustration he finds further interest and challenges in the fine arts.

"One Way" by Jose Rodriguez
16" x 20"
Oil on Canvas

Opossums (Didelphimorphia)
Note: Opossums are N. America's only marsupial mammal. The mother carries her young in her marsupian until they are 2-3 months old and then they are carried on her back for another 1-2 months.

There are also 4 more pieces on exhibit from this series that you won't want to miss out on, as well as, 4 other artists showing (Tim Kapler, Daniel Lumbini, Mat Savage & David Hoang). The artist opening is this Friday, June 11 from 6-10pm. Please stop by and meet the artists!

Bherd Studios Gallery
8537 Greenwood Ave N Suite 1
Seattle, WA 98103

Monday, June 7, 2010

ka POW! | New Piece of the Week Feature

"Container Yard" by Kellie Talbot
5" x 5"
Oil on Canvas

We've started a new weekly feature on our blog where we will be presenting a piece of artwork from a Bherd artist. This week we are presenting Kellie Talbot's piece that was recently exhibited in the May show "A Sign of the Times". Her work captures the essence of modern day international trade and commerce. It's easy to imagine these containers sitting down on the docks at the Port of Seattle. Kellie lives in the Ballard neighborhood and many of her pieces are based on vintage signage and locations around the Seattle area.

As one of our artists in residence, Kellie's work may be purchase directly through Bherd Studios. We will soon have a wall dedicated to small works of our artists in residence in the coming weeks.

Thank you!

Bherd Studios