Zane The Bringer of Gonzo

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Zane The Bringer of Gonzo (Necromancer 5)| 2014 |12" x 12" || Mixed media on wood |Prints available here: http://society6.com/jakekeeler/zane-the-bringer-of-gonzo-necromancer-5#1=45

Zane The Bringer of Gonzo (Necromancer 5)| 2014 |12″ x 12″ || Mixed media on wood |Prints available here: http://society6.com/jakekeeler/zane-the-bringer-of-gonzo-necromancer-5#1=45

I finally finished this piece, and I’m very happy with it. Here’s my punch list of why this piece matters to me:

1. It’s a gift for fellow artist and fly fisherman, Zane Porter – Zane has this Gonzo-inspired work that came to me right when I was thinking, “I need to loosening up a bit..”. Well, inspiration and direction come at just the right times now and then.  Zane and I have developed a nice online friendship, as is the case with so many of us fishy-folk.  We’ve traded work (my contribution is in the mail), done some collaborations, and keep each other informed of art, stuff and things that feed our mutual output.  Follow his work and fly-fishing escapades at Fly Fishing Ruins Lives.

The photo and the Necro - courtesy of Zane Porter

The photo and the Necro – courtesy of Zane Porter

2. It’s 5th in the Necromancer series.  The number doesn’t mean shit to me, but keeping this vein of work going does ya know?  The whole impetus was making work about people I know that fish (everyone one so far has been a cohort, friend, collaborator, fishy-dude that I know); I want to keep the concept of capturing the people in my life as a fly-fisherman, and artist, as much as I wanna draw bitchin’ smallies and skulls.  Necromancer marches on, and I’m stoked that Zane is a part of the path.

That’s all amigos – hope you dig the piece as much as I do.

Tight Lines and Horns High.

 

The Phantom – August 15th

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The Phantom from Flood Tide Co.

The Phantom from Flood Tide Co.

Super pumped to share this – “The Phantom” will be available for purchase on August 15th from Flood Tide Co.

A while back, fellow fly-fisherman and rad-artist Paul Puckett (check out his work) asked me if I’d be down to contribute some art to Flood Tide’s fall line of clothing.  Of course I jumped at the chance, as I dig what Flood Tide is doing and knew that dealing with them would be a breeze.  Paul was thinking Permit, and I was happy to oblige.

I don’t work with everyone, and I’m becoming more and more opposed to doing commissions unless I know the folks and support what they’re doing, or it’s a very unique and appealing project to me personally; I don’t have time to burn, and I don’t make a living off of my art.  I make my work for myself, and for the few people/companies/groups that “get it”.

With that said, I’m honored to have my art gracing one of Flood Tide’s offerings. I’ll put my art on that, I’ll add my name to what their doing, I support what they have going on; I believe in it.

Cheers to rad people doing rad shit – get some on the 15th!

Tight lines and horns high amigos.

Lineage & Legacy

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Tamara Andersen - The Hunt | 1997 | Mixed media on paper

Tamara Andersen – The Hunt | 1997 | Mixed media on paper

This piece is entitled “The Hunt”, from 1997, by my aunt Tamera Andersen. This particular piece, and the body of work it belongs to that she created, is one of the most significant influences on the work I do today.  She had a show back in the late 90’s of this work..totally floored me.  It was at that just-right-time when I was figuring who I was as an artist.  It crystallized a lot for me.

She recently gifted myself, and my brother, our choice of one the works from this body of work.  I chose this one.  As my brother and I carefully pulled back amazing work after amazing work, along my mother (Tamera’s sister) in my mom’s studio this past weekend, it struck me like lighting. I knew this was the one I wanted.  My brother chose an equally deep, emotional charged and expertly rendered work.

Tamera has been an artist her entire life, as has my mother, and their other sister Penny.  My grandfather, their father, was an artist as well; painting just like the rest of us, and working as a commercial artist and illustrator in St. Paul at Brown & Bigelow.  My brother and I carry on that endeavor, and it’s something I hope my son finds in his life.

So, throwing back this Thursday, I’m giving a nod to my family, my lineage and something that had an indelible impact on what I do today.

Cheers to good art and it’s important place in our lives.

Horns High and Tight Lines amigos.

The Story Remains the Same

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4th of July has passed…the Age of Bronze has begun once again.

New Works

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Grand Rapids X | 2014 | 6" x 10" | Pen on paper | Print: http://society6.com/JakeKeeler/Grand-Rapids-X#1=45

Grand Rapids X | 2014 | 6″ x 10″ | Pen on paper | Print: http://society6.com/JakeKeeler/Grand-Rapids-X#1=45

I was away, drinking homebrews from around the country, talking to some Swedish dude about how to manage homebrewing organizations…drawing in the margins, finding a new love for the music of All Them Witches, and drinking more beers again and again and again from Founders.

Me & The MZA drankin'

Me & The MZA drankin’

Got back to All Them Works…cheers amigos.

Chime at Midnight | 2014 | 11″ x 6″ | Mixed media on paper | Print: http://society6.com/JakeKeeler/Chimes-at-Midnight_Print#1=45

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High Road | 2014 | 11″ x 8″ | Mixed media on paper | Print: http://society6.com/JakeKeeler/High-Road-7A9_Print#1=45

new rokz1

Bomber #2 | 2014 | 6″ x 6″ | Mixed media on wood block | Print: http://society6.com/JakeKeeler/Bomber-2_Print#1=45

Get to work!

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Getting to work on a boat load of new work while the rivers are blown out. Again.  I hope ya’ll are staying active amigos.  Horns High and Tight Lines.

The to-do list…