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The Big Monkey…

Finished yesterday in about 12.5 months less time than it took to build the original, which still stands proud at 34th and Fifth Avenue. The Pride of the City. The Big Monkey. The ESB.

It will be for sale, too. I’m setting up a website called “Postcards from NY,” where I’ll either auction it off or sell it at a set price. More on that later. For now, ladies and gentleman, I give you…

THE BIG MONKEY!

(crowd cheers, flashbulbs pop, chains break, crowd gasps, etc….)

“The Big Monkey” J. Tebeau © 2011
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Sneak Peek: New Painting, a Postcard from New York

I carry a decent little camera with me pretty much all the time. Okay, pretty much when I’m wearing a jacket or shorts with big pockets. Pretty much then. The point is to take pictures that are better than you can get with a (“my’) crummy little phone.

A couple blocks from the Empire State Building I took a snap of an incongruous view: the ESB surging into the sky from behind a couple smaller, ornate buildings from an earlier era. I’m working on a b/w version of this picture, done with ink and brush. It’s not completed yet, but here’s a peek:

taken at the studio with "Photo Booth"

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Now: “Dutch Art Now,” in a Luscious Venue

Inside the NAC

Till Sunday March 14 you have a chance to see a dandy little art exhibit in as fine a location as you could hope for: the National Arts Club on Gramercy Park.

Dutch Art Now is a modestly sized show featuring the work of several artists from the Netherlands. Their output ranges from old-masters style hyper realism to pop to subway photography. And the setting is reminiscent of a British gentleman’s club, complete with rich, luminous wood-paneled walls, a sumptuous bar room and paintings throughout the stairways featuring work of and by past members.

It’s an excellent place to take a break after the Armory Week or Whitney Biennial madness. Come for the art; stay for the plush. You won’t regret it.

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ArtinBrooklyn.com: 3 Steps to Exposure for ARTISTS in Brooklyn

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Mike Sorgatz has been doing the blog artinbrooklyn.com for over a year now.

He features a wide variety of artists and gets more than 5,000 hit a month, a number which is climbing. It’s a good way to keep tabs on art shows and contests. And, it’s easy for Brooklyn artists to be featured on his site:

  1. open a new email message addressed to artinbrooklyn@gmail.com
  2. include a link to your work or 3 jpegs
  3. hit send

That’s it. No obligations. No cost. Mike will take care of the rest, and the artist gets exposure. The weird thing is, it’s surprisingly hard for Mike (and he’s an easy guy to work with) to get them to follow through on these three steps. I understand “art for art’s sake” and “integrity”, but come on.

As a form of communication, art that goes unseen is pretty ineffective, isn’t it? What’s up with that?

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Randee Silv Show Opens in Queens

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I like Randee Silv. I like her art. A lot. Hers is one of only three pieces we can hang in our pip-squeak Manhattan living room. She made the cut. Why?

She paints with feeling. And intuition. And rhythm and grace and simplicity and complexity. My wife Colleen fell in love with her work several years ago at the Ann Arbor Art Fair, about the time she was falling inn love with jazz. Which is fitting, since Randee’s paintings feel like jazz.

The one we bought feels like Coltrane. Others are more Ornette Coleman. They all combine intense skill and solid fundamentals with a flair for improvisation and personal expression.

She has an exhibit opening Saturday April 4 at M55 Art in Queens (that’s at the Long Island City Art Center, 44-02 23rd Street), with a reception from 5 to 8. The show runs through April 18. Check it out. We sure will.

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Tebeau’s Art Opening on the Lower East Side (press release)

Interior of Verlaine, 110 Rivington, Manhattan.

Interior of Verlaine, 110 Rivington, Manhattan.

March 9, 2009
Artist John Tebeau’s show opens March 24 at Verlaine in Manhattan’s Lower East Side
Tebeau will announce the winner of his painting giveaway contest at the opening reception

New York, N.Y. – New York artist John Tebeau opens his third solo show in Manhattan on March 24 at Verlaine, named the best art bar on the Lower East Side by the Village Voice.

Besides checking out Tebeau’s colorful, cartoon-influenced pop art and enjoying an open bar, Tebeau offers another reason to attend the opening: you could win a free painting.

Through March 20, Tebeau is running a contest on his blog (www.johntebeau.wordpress.com) offering a free commissioned painting of the winner’s favorite musician.

Tebeau writes in the contest’s explanation, “Tell me about why you dig your favorite musician. ANY musician. Even Mozart or Tom Jones. Is it a certain moment that inspired you? A song? Is it what they ‘stand for?’ What is it about them that moves you?”

Tebeau, who has painted musicians including John Lennon, Billie Holiday, Kurt Cobain and Janis Joplin, conceived the contest while feeling wistful about the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, approaching in April. Tebeau is a big fan of Jazz Fest and wanted to drum up enough painting sales to fund a return trip to the Big Easy. He decided to offer a free painting to the person who best articulates the love of a musician.

“I thought this could be the good karma way to get to Jazz Fest,” Tebeau said. “You get what you give. I’ll give someone a painting of a musician they love, and hopefully I’ll get to see some musicians I love.”

Tebeau’s Verlaine show will include more than just his paintings of musicians. He’ll also offer pop culture icons, reinterpretations of classic paintings and cool views of urban settings, among other samplings from both his latest work and some older favorites.

John Tebeau’s art show at Verlaine runs March 23 through the end of April. The opening is 6-9 p.m. March 24 at Verlaine, 110 Rivington, between Essex and Ludlow, on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Open bar for the first hour, drink specials for the remainder of the evening.

In addition, Tebeau will be part of a group show titled “Jazz and Art, visual art work about America’s own swinging musical art form” at Hudson Guild Gallery, in New York’s artsy Chelsea neighborhood. That show opens April 16 at Hudson Guild, 441 W. 26th Street, between 9th and 10th avenues, and continues through June 10.

Tebeau is a self-taught illustrator and painter. His cartooning is influenced by his love of alternative comics like Robert Crumb and the 1950s-era Mad comics, and his colorful, pop-art painting style brings that approach, as well. He draws painting inspiration from Wayne Thiebaud, Peter Max, Robert Indiana, Alice Neel and Andy Warhol, among others.

Tebeau began cartooning in elementary school in North Muskegon, Mich., encouraged when he realized that girls thought it was cute. After graduating from University of Michigan, he moved to Chicago, where he made a living designing and silk screening T-shirts, and later cofounded Comic Arts Monthly, distributed in Chicago and Ann Arbor, Mich.

He relocated to California’s Bay Area, working as a barista, spending much of his time teaching himself to paint. He also did freelance design and illustration work and paintings commissioned by friends and acquaintances who liked his developing work.

Tebeau now lives in Manhattan, working as a self-employed artist and graphic designer. One of his most consistent clients is Arbor Brewing Co. in Ann Arbor, Mich., which uses Tebeau’s work on its bottles, six-packs and tap handles. Tebeau is an artist in residence at the Brooklyn Artists Gym, where he has exhibited in group shows. He also teaches after-school art classes at the School for Ethical Culture.

John Tebeau’s blog: https://johntebeau.wordpress.com/
John Tebeau’s portfolio: http://www.tebeau.com
John Tebeau’s art for sale: jctebeau.etsy.com
John Tebeau on Twitter: http://twitter.com/johntebeau

Verlaine: http://www.verlainenyc.com/
Hudson Guild: http://www.hudsonguild.org/

Contact: John Tebeau, (646) 309-1059, john@tebeau.com
For images from Tebeau’s show or a portrait of Tebeau, email john@tebeau.com. Please specify whether you prefer high resolution for publication or low resolution for Web use.

"Quantity Beer"

"Quantity Beer"

"Still Life With Stapler" (Office Space)

"Still Life With Stapler" (Office Space)

"Blue Jack"

"Blue Jack"

"Leffe by Night"

"Leffe by Night"

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Art for turbulent times.

Here’s a press release (with pictures below) about my upcoming show…

Artist John Tebeau’s ‘Simple Pleasures’ show opens Nov. 19 at Art Bar in Manhattan

New York, N.Y. – The economic news is grim: mortgage meltdown, banks in crisis, Congress approving a massive rescue package and the stock market’s all over the place.

New York artist John Tebeau created a series of paintings titled Simple Pleasures in part as a reaction to difficult conditions, and in part as a celebration of what is still good in life.

“I can’t go back in time and stop mortgages to people who couldn’t afford them, fix all that’s broken in Iraq, or improve the sorry state of political discourse – the list of problems out of the control of average people is enormous,” Tebeau said. “As a way to keep things in perspective, I thought about the things I do control, what I can do to improve my mood. Things that I like.”

Tebeau began a list of “good things”: cold beer, hot coffee, summer barbecues, the first snow of winter, vintage Cadillacs, a day at the beach, Bugs Bunny, board games.

“As Andy Warhol once said, Pop Art is about liking things, and that’s what these paintings are all about: simply liking things,” said Tebeau. “Or, actually, liking simple things.”

Simple Pleasures opens at the Art Bar in Manhattan’s West Village in November and runs through Feb. 15. The opening is 6-9 p.m. Nov. 19 at Art Bar, 52 Eighth Ave., near Horatio Street.

Tebeau began cartooning in elementary school in North Muskegon, Mich., encouraged when he realized it got him attention from girls. After graduating from University of Michigan, he moved to Chicago, where he made a living designing and silkscreening T-shirts, and later cofounded Comic Arts Monthly, distributed in Chicago and Ann Arbor, Mich.

He relocated to California’s Bay Area, working as a barista and spent much of his time teaching himself to paint. He also did freelance design and illustration work and paintings commissioned by friends and acquaintances who liked his developing style.

Tebeau now lives in Manhattan, working as a self-employed artist and graphic designer. One of his most consistent clients is Arbor Brewing Co. in Ann Arbor, Mich., which uses Tebeau’s work on its bottles, six-packs and tap handles. Tebeau is an artist in residence at the Brooklyn Artists Gym, where he recently exhibited in a group show. He also teaches after-school art classes at the School for Ethical Culture.

Tebeau’s cartooning is influenced by his love of alternative comics like Robert Crumb and the 1950s-era Mad comics, and his colorful, pop-art painting style brings that approach, as well. He draws painting inspiration from Wayne Thiebaud, Peter Max, Robert Indiana, Alice Neel and Andy Warhol, among others.

In addition to Simple Pleasures, Tebeau will show a sampling of his pop art paintings at Lolita Bar in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, with an opening 6-9 p.m. Dec. 11. That show runs through the end of January. Lolita Bar is located at 266 Broome St., between Allen and Orchard streets.

John Tebeau’s portfolio: http://www.tebeau.com
John Tebeau’s art for sale: jctebeau.etsy.com
John Tebeau’s blog: https://johntebeau.wordpress.com/
More about Art Bar: http://nymag.com/listings/bar/art_bar/
Lolita Bar: http://www.lolitabar.net/

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