"I started working with tin 18 years ago. During a trip to New Mexico I saw various examples of punched-tin art from the 1840’s to the present day. There were wonderful hand-stamped tin artworks housing lights or saints. During that same trip I discovered a tin artist named Jeri Moe, who used up-cycled tin containers in her work.
When I got home, to California, I decided to combine what I had seen…using both the New Mexican punched tin, “Nicho” form and the up cycled tin art for inspiration. I decided that I wanted to combine both the sacred and profane, the holy and earthly, influences.
What came out was the triptych: “What Every Boy Wants”. Please note that the title includes the word “boy”. It references the simplest juvenile desires. As a boy I was interested in 3 things in a mate:
I wanted my mate to be good…virtuous…..out came “Babes Above”
“…………………………” bad…..sexy……..out came “Dames In Flames”
“………………………….”caring…. helpful…. to take care of me……out came “Maid To Order”
As an adult, it is not lost on me that there is A LOT more to having a descent mate/companion."
I had the good fortune of spending some time with Tin Artist Extraordinaire, Dave Yoas, this past weekend and was able to learn a little about his process. Some of Dave's pieces can take as long a two years to create and it shows in all the detail he puts into his work. Dave spends time seeking out just the right tin elements for his works and has quite the knack for finding them. When I was looking at his work this time I became painfully aware how much even good photographs don't do them justice. Go see his work in person and you will be delighted and amazed by his talent.
Dave Yoas will be showing his incredible tin artwork at La Pena next month, January 24th 7 to 9PM. For more information click here.
With every piece I do I learn something,just a little something. These things add up over time and that is what makes the process so gratifying. On this one I learned that cutting out leaf shapes from tin with greenery printed on it makes the leaves more interesting.
Working on this was an interesting challenge. It looks simple and some might think I just sat down and made it one day. Truth is - it's been going on for months. The main image, an iron was easy, but I wasn't sure what the other two images would be. The teacup seemed right but then what else? A goat? A paper lantern? A pencil? I have 3 more tin toy ironing boards so I'm hoping to make more like this.
Since the background tin is a toy ironing board I wanted the images to look like the ones that are in children's word books from the 50's.
One day I received an email via my website from a woman in South Africa who had started doing tin work. These images are of her art. I'm delighted by these pieces. The tins she uses aren't like any I've ever seen before. She has given be permission to share them here on my blog.They are truly wonderful.
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On a recent airing of Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me, I was introduced, as well as millions of others, to a gentleman by the name of Jonathan Adler. He was charmingly witty and engaging AND I had no idea who he was. Thanks to Google, I learned about Mr Adler and his husband, Simon Doonan. Apparently they are a power couple in the design world, who knew? Not me. Anyway looking at the interiors Mr. Adler has created in his unique mid-modern style I was inspired to try my hand at creating a re-purposed tin artwork. This is my homage to Jonathan Adler and I thank him for helping me challenge myself. Also my sincere gratitude to Dave Yoas for contributing an essential piece of tin for this piece.
If you are a fan of Dave"s work, like I am, then you know there isn't one photograph that can capture all there is to see in one of his astonishing creations. With a few detail shots hopefully you'll get an idea of all that goes into this piece, but really you must see it in person. Soon you will have a rare opportunity to see this reclusive artist's tin work at the Richmond Art Center, in Richmond, California. Dave is a spotlight artist in this show and will be giving an artist talk as well. Click here for the details. Book your flight now, this show is not to be missed.
Sometimes when working on a tin piece it comes to a screeching halt and it has to sit for awhile. It's like a stew that is better after a night in the fridge. There is more to do on this one but it hasn't come to me quite yet.
The Bay Area is in for a rare treat at the Richmond Art Center in Richmond ,CA. Reclusive Dave Yoas will be exhibiting 6 of his incredible tin artworks during their members show and his work is being spot lighted along with Edyth Bresnahan and Jan Martin. You may have seen photos here but they do not compare to seeing Dave's work up close and personal. Each piece has so many fine details that the camera just can't capture. For information on the up coming show click here. (Incidentally the Richmond Art Center showcased my line drawings in 1972)
These 3 posts are of a recent tin artwork by Dave Yoas, one of my favorite all time tin workers.
This piece is entitled Bearly Dreaming. These are photos Dave took to show the completed artwork in details. You can click on an image to enlarge it so you don't miss anything, there is so much to see.
Fishes, butterflies, a bird and bees. So much attention has been paid to the details, like the red poppy headband to the burning teddy bears.
Imagine just collecting the perfect tins to make this work, that alone is a feat. Not to even mention figuring out the composition and construction. (Here's a photo of Dave and Harriete Estel Berman)
This is what happens when you have two shows happening at the same time and you promise a piece to one venue then decide it needs to go to the other. Frankly I've never had this problem (?) before, I try to schedule shows with months (or a year) between them. The invitation to show at an art museum with only about 6 weeks notice was too good to pass up. What artist doesn't want an art museum line for their resume? The other show was planned for in 2013. As similar as these two pieces are they each feel a little different. I thought it was interesting to see them side by side.