An Aging Bard + Commissions + Wunderbar

Hello again art lovers,

I hope you’ve all had a great week.

I’ve rather fortunate with sales lately and I’m really happy about.  My recent prosperity couldn’t have come at a better time.  Last week, I sold the original pastel drawing “An Aging Bard” to a wonderful art collector in Dallas.  The image received quite a bit of attention on social media and has also spawned an additional two commissions. One of the commissions is for a fellow brother of briar in South Carolina and another will be headed to  Stockholm Sweden.

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In other news, I just finished up a pastel rendering of the mask used in the infamous “Wunderbar” photo shoot with the self-proclaimed Amy Boobies.  The photos were used to create the 2014 Apoko-Lips triptych of the same name.  I’m hoping to do a full body rendering in oil paint at some point.  We’ll see.

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To see other recently completed pastel studies and my current selection of work in watercolor, oil, mixed media, ect, please visit my website ckirkart.com.

   Until next timehave a great week.

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Gallery Exhibit Tonight (10/28/15) At Seven Minus Seven

Hello again art lovers,

I hope you are well.

I’m just dropping in for a quick post.  Tonight, a large selection of my work will be exhibited at Seven Minus Seven in a grand reopening event.  The gallery is located in ST. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands.  My work (In the showing) has already sold out, but don’t fret.  The gallery will be taking orders.

That being said, if you find yourself in ST. Thomas tonight, drop by and enjoy the show.  Also, I’d like to extend my best wishes and a thank you to the gallery, the patrons, and the other artists in the show.  I will be a wonderful night.

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Until next time,

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Ckirk

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The Modern, Porno Reference #1 & The Rediscovery of Oral Fixation

Hello again art lovers,

1 hope you’ve all had a good week.  My week brought many nice surprises.  1 will tell you about three.

The 1st surprise is that my wife and 1 made a spontaneous trip to the Modern Museum in FT Worth Texas last Wednesday.  This was unexpected and really rewarding.  1 had visited the Modern a few years ago, but was in a very limited, miserable, rationalist reality tunnel and didn’t truly appreciate the experience of the first trip.  Toward the end of 2013, I had a paradigm shift which has been lasting.  This time, 1 was in awe of the architecture of the museum and the majority of the art work inside.  1 took along my Sony A5000 and shot many photographs of the architecture  and arrangements for future Apoko-Lips background emulsion purposes.

My wife also insisted that I photograph her with of two Warhol paintings and one Anselm Kiefer sculpture.  Of course, like many women, she choose to stand in front of the art work instead of beside it.

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Kryptonite was just what the doctor ordered.  Erika, Warhol, 2015

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Getting in the way of art, art, or one reason why art is made?  Erika, Kiefer, 2015

The 2nd surprise was being contacted by a collector from New York about a mixed media piece.  1 then sold the piece from 2012 titled Porno Reference #1!  The art was created with watercolor, acrylic and coffee.  As it tuns out, the collector purchased the piece for her boyfriend, which 1 believe, makes here a prime squeeze.

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Porno Reference #1, 2012

If the first 2 surprises were not good enough, here’s a 3rd surprise.  While doing some Spring cleaning, 1 rediscovered a piece that 1 thought had been destroyed.  It turns out it was just misplaced during our 2014 relocation.  The rediscovered art is titled Oral Fixation and was created in 2012 with spray paint and primer on cardboard.

Now, here’s a surprise for you. 

Since 1 believed Oral Fixation to be destroyed and had accepted the loss some time ago, 1 decided to offer the art up as a specially priced sale piece!

Oral Fixation will be specially discounted from today, July 8th until next Wednesday July 15th.

If you would like more information about Oral Fixation, feel free to email info@ckirkart.com.  We’ll be happy to help.

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Oral Fixation, 2012

As always, if you would like to see high-resolution images of my current Apoko-Lips collection or to inquire about pricing/purchasing options, feel free to visit the website and get in touch.  We’ll be happy to help.

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Until next time,

Ckirk

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Tossing Litter From The Synchronicity Highway

Hello again art lovers!

I hope you’ve all had a great week.

I did.  I took a break from restful days and spent a couple of them hammering out an eclectic mixture of overdue tasks.  The new-found access to different aspects of my personality (A sort of controlled schizophrenia) seems to have major benefits.  Selecting the proper program with the proper function for the proper situation has reduced stress, increased productivity/fun, and helped communication exchanges become more transparent and effective…at least for the time being.

Anyway, I finished up the art work and scans for “The Tale Of Moby Dickhead: A Heart Warming Story Of Life Finding A Way Despite Evolution”.  Originally, I intended for my 5 year-old son to do the art work but he refused to cooperate.  Go figure.  I attempted to have the drawings viewable in 3D, but it didn’t work out quite the way I hoped.  Despite the art not going exactly to plan, I do enjoy reading the story quite a bit…especially when orating as the acclaimed English actor/narrator John Hurt.  Oh, that’s right!  I forgot to mention that as long as the readers imagination is healthy, the story is interactive!

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“The Tale Of Moby Dickhead” will be available for your reading pleasure next wednesday, June 24, 2015.

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Also this week, A long time collector of my work named Lisa has commissioned me to paint over the faces of a commission she commissioned from me years ago.  She’s become enamored with painting over parts of paintings so I’ll oblige her and paint.  More news on this later, but for now, I’ll mention that I spent considerable minutes tweaking the information on the information page of my website.  Information is now as accurate as possible in current space – time.  If you love to eat information and desire more click here.

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In other news, I packed up the pieces of a major sale!  That’s right, a 30 x 40″ canvas and a limited edition Deluxe Set  of Apoko – Lips 2014 prints will shortly be in route to St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands.

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If that wasn’t good enough, the mass of art was purchased and will be exhibited by Clay, a long-time friend and collector of my work who has returned to the island to reopen the Seven Minus Seven Gallery!

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I’ll post more news about exhibit dates as soon as I have them.

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I’m thrilled.  In my experience, it’s pretty rare nowadays for the gallery to purchase an artist’s work prior to exhibiting it.  Clay dances to the beat of a different drum in a lot of ways though.  That being said, the limited edition Apoko – Lips Deluxe Set is a collection of 13 high quality prints and was meant to come in a customized container of some kind.  Because of the fast approaching exhibit, the collector needed the art before I could get the specs for the container worked out.  I originally envisioned a decommissioned bazooka missile painted pink to contain the set of prints.  I’m not sure if this is doable though.  I’ll find out and let you know.

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If you would like to view high-quality images of my Apoko – Lips collection, inquire about options or pricing visit my website ckirkart.com and shoot me an email.  I’ll be happy to help.

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Until next time,

Ckirk

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More Collector Photos & The Installation of 1st Metal Apoko – Lips Prototype

Hello again art lovers,

I hope you’ve all had a great couple of weeks!

I feel pretty happy and grateful.  I had some amazing things happen over the last two weeks.  I also had a few horrible things take place, but let’s focus on the positive!  Once again, I don’t have a new piece to show you, but I do have some exciting news and a few more collector photos to share.

A couple of weeks ago I sold, delivered and installed my first Apoko – Lips prototype on metal!  The piece couldn’t have went to a better fellow in my opinion.  Bill is a soft-spoken gentle guy who has been collecting my work off and on since around 2006 or 7.  Now days there are plenty of art lovers who purchase work from me again and again, which is awesome, but Bill was one of my first “Repeat” collectors, so I’m elated by his continued love of my ever evolving art.  

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Bill posing with the first prototype on metal titled

“Portrait of the artist kicking the shit out of cars”

It was great delivering the two pieces and seeing Bill again.  I was also able to revisit a few of my other works that Bill has collected over the years.  I brought along my camera to grab a few shots of Bill with the work…and of his modern living area which will no doubt be used as composites in future art pieces.

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Bill with his “Batman” piece I created way back when I still used stencils, 06 or 07 most likely.  It was the first piece Bill purchased from me.

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“Smoking Women” is a mixed media/collage piece I created in 2010

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The purchase of the metal prototype would’ve been enough but Bill also grabbed a smaller piece titled “Sigil Magic” that I created in 2014 while working out the methods I would later use for the Apoko – Lips series.

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“Sigil Magic” after framing.  Photo by Bill.

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Until next time,

Ckirk

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The All New CKirkart.com Is Now Operational

Hello again dear art lovers,

I hope you’ve all had a great week thus far!

I’ve finally finished building a new website to exclusively feature my new series APOKO – LIPS.

For me, the ongoing series Apoko – Lips is an attempt to take an impartial look at contemporary culture, the velocity of information and life lived online through high-tech touch screens. Actions and movements interrupted by glitch, are emphasized in the work as a “Note to self” or memento of the physical body and the external world. The Apoko – Lips series asks two questions. Are we detaching from fundamental components of our humanity with each new technological advance; or are we simply experiencing the awkward, embarrassing growing pains of evolution while propelling ever closer to a new golden age?

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 I invite you to visit and explore my new site.

 Welcome to the new ckirkart.com

Until next time,

Ckirk

APOKO – LIPS Balloon Prototype Party

Hello again art lovers,

Things are going well.  Last week, I sold a piece from my 2009 “Monochrome” series titled “Halo 4“.  I’m also really excited because over the weekend, I started a prototype for a sculpted version of my APOKO – LIPS balloons. Well, it wasn’t just me.  A had an old friend who I used to sculpt with and my 5 year-old on hand.  We had an Apoko – Lips Balloon prototype party. It’s still far from done, but I’m having to spread my time between projects a lot lately.  That being said, I’ve realized that the APOKO – LIPS series has become a process that is much more complex than me simply painting alone in the studio.  The work is going to take longer.  Thankfully, I’m not beating myself up too much about not being able to finish every piece right away.

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“Halo 4”, Monochrome series 2009

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 Detail scan of a 2014 piece featuring the Apoko – Lips balloons.

Until next time,

Ckirk

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