posted on October 6, 2013 at 6:38 am

renaissance ponce

renaissance ponce

here in LA

worn out and knackered

tonight my art show

spent last night at gallery with thomas negovan the owner

he really believes in my art and i am so happy for that

he gave me a crash course in the art gallery scene

i was amused to find it contains many of the music biz’s contradictions

thomas digs many of my arts facets i was unaware were so interesting

he thinks being a pastellist is in itself unusual..he has never handled pastels before

when i first started painting it was watercolour

one day my beautiful sister in law amy showed me pastels and erasers

i can still remember watching her  pushing round the colour with her fingers

and then showing me how you could erase back through the colours

something in  my mind said “yes, this is for you just like bass guitar is for you”

i never looked back

holly jordan has since laid all kinds of pastels on me

huge box sets and specialty pastels like iridescent and pan pastels

pan pastels are applied with sponge applicators and are very intuitive to use

and then there are pastel pencils too

and demi pastels with no paper wrapper you can use sideways

i stumbled into everything i do

thomas told me he likes my use of colour

and the way i mix up psychedelia and classicism

the way i do in my lyrics

all of it i have naively fallen into..none of it part of a plan

he has been watching me awhile..now i am ready

yes i am ready

i met gail potocki there last night

she is one of thomas’ main artists and she is unbelievably good

i was flattered to learn she liked my stuff

google her or century guild to see her incredible work

brilliant painting and brilliant concepts

she is almost a living master

i predict in the next five years she will be huge

anyway seems i got lucky and found an original style for myself

just like in music

my childhood  obsessions fuel my art

the greeks n romans, the bible, the ancient world where i belong somehow

and chuck on top of that my experiences with drugs n dreams

and all the books and stuff i devoured

it all comes pouring out somehow

guided by intuition i have slowly developed my schtick

working in pastel on top of black gouache

fiddling with the fixes

rubbing and erasing and building up layers

just like in music i am finding my own thing in there

its exciting

i am happy to be where i am today

i hope i sell a few paintings to justify thomas’ belief in me

and a big thanks to those who have supported me along the way

those who bought my stuff etc

and especially holly who believed in what i could do all along

it is impossible for me to be here without her support in numerous ways

anyway wish me some luck

these are unknown waters for me

tomorrow i begin working with greg dulli n band

rehearsing our show for wednesday night

at least i am on familiar ground with a bass in my hands again

but the pastels are becoming comfortable to me like the bass

just a lot damn messier

if you are in LA please come

7 tonight culver city

see you maybe

sk ,hollywood (gee!)

 

17 Responses to “LA art show”

  1. avatar
    Kohl Ette | 6 October 2013 at 7:52 am #

    Glad you travelled safe and got there ok. I love pastels too and have dabbled with them ignorantly in the past. Still do. When I used to draw more as a uni student, i used old cosmetics like eye shadow, blushers and lipsticks as well as pen and coloured pencils, anything! I don’t know what happened to those pictures. I just did them to decorate my walls and didn’t take them seriously. Just resumed drawing again quite recently… Thanks for the opportunity for having let me purchase some of your works. I love the ones I have! 🙂 There is something natural and instinctive about your works, so if you don’t mind me asking you, please don’t get too analytical about it or anything will you? I mean despite Hollywood. Just remember you could be in an old friend’s kitchen chatting cosily til the early hours and be just as happy. Happy for you! p.s. A couple of weeks ago I drove past Bowenwood Hills which was quite exciting!

  2. avatar
    cheryl | 6 October 2013 at 9:01 am #

    Your determination & perception will turn this opportunity into a great success ! Rock On SK

  3. avatar
    eric marcus | 6 October 2013 at 12:29 pm #

    hi steve,,,,,beeb ill.swad sorry i did not make it out from hawaiii..gallery..event.perhaps future there will be another….i had lot share…perhaps send me your mailing address have art need send you.very lovely spaces channeled influanced by you thru your music tone……….in touch marty tiarre……………nice had way reach connect you………….how was the evening………..you have blessed my life so many dimensions.honored to crossed paths over many years……..may this find you well.blessings.love eric…………….eric marcus box 377531 ocean view hi 96737…808 929 9277 http://www.elektrikritualsx@gmail.com

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    Chris | 6 October 2013 at 2:13 pm #

    All the best for the art show Renaisance prince!…psychedelica and classicism…spot on!

  5. avatar
    Leith | 6 October 2013 at 8:43 pm #

    Wonderful to see you stretching out into the visual arts as well Steve and especially with the support of what sounds like a well versed art gallery owner. Did I say well versed? Much like your song writing mate. Rock on.

  6. avatar
    sunset blvd | 6 October 2013 at 10:30 pm #

    ca dreamin comes true

  7. avatar
    will | 6 October 2013 at 11:51 pm #

    Hi Steve. What kind of merchandise will be available at the SF gig? Want to be sure to have some cash. Thanks

  8. avatar
    Steven Krut | 7 October 2013 at 10:04 am #

    I googled gail potocki. Very surreal! Interesting that you say childhood obsessions fuel your art because I see an innocence underlying many of your paintings. I don’t see that in gail’s work. There’s more of a harshness and coldness there.

  9. avatar
    Ingrid | 7 October 2013 at 10:44 am #

    Hi SK, enjoy your time over there!!! Making art instinctively and intuitively (much like the way you do) results in strong works. Your natural creativity combined with your own trust in the process results in extraordinary things in your music, lyrics and art. BTW good luck in selling some of your pieces over there. I’m sure you will!!!

    xxx

  10. avatar
    Heatherdaydream | 7 October 2013 at 6:33 pm #

    Culver City is the latest groovy ‘burb in LA (but they still don’t make good coffee.) Hope it went well SK and thanks to Holly!

  11. avatar
    Dubman | 7 October 2013 at 7:30 pm #

    Ste hope all goes well. Your art is everything, music, words and colors.
    I hope one day we do have lunch in Sydney.
    Chris

  12. avatar
    Homer | 8 October 2013 at 2:09 pm #

    Nice review!

    http://www.rockerzine.com/index.php/2013/10/the-sydney-university-symphony-orchestra-featuring-steve-kilbey/

  13. avatar
    hellbound heart | 8 October 2013 at 7:47 pm #

    I dare say you’ll sell a damn sight more than just a few paintings…..they tread the road between dreams and myth and wakefulness…..
    <3

  14. avatar
    Sam Mayfair | 9 October 2013 at 11:39 am #

    Century Guild Gallery, and the remaining paintings. Email Thomas at gallery@centuryguild.net if you have any questions. http://centuryguild.net/collections/twenty-first/steve-kilbey

  15. avatar
    Cee Cee Ryder | 11 October 2013 at 8:33 am #

    Keen
    eye,
    hand,
    inspiration,
    journey.
    Don’t
    Stop
    Believing
    See
    ya
    mañana

  16. avatar
    John Garratt | 11 October 2013 at 11:46 pm #

    Just found this;

    An artist asked the gallery owner if there had been any interest in his paintings on display at that time.

    “I have good news and bad news,” the owner replied. “The good news is that a gentleman enquired about your work and wondered if it would appreciate in value after your death. When I told him it would, he bought all 15 of your paintings.”

    “That’s wonderful,” the artist exclaimed. “What’s the bad news?”
    “The guy was your doctor…”


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