Neal Crosbie

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  • Neal Crosbie
    Flying Ancestors, 1998
    Mixed media on paper
    Image size: 23.25 X 18
    Frame size: 34 X 27

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  • Neal Crosbie
    Good Looking Fellow With A Hatchet In His Head, 2008
    Mixed media on paper
    Image size: 23.25 X 18
    Frame size: 28.75 X 23.75

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  • Neal Crosbie
    Homecoming Of The Master Genius, 1994
    Mixed media on paper
    Image size: 23 X 17
    Frame size: 31.25 X 25.55

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  • Neal Crosbie
    The Ladder, 1993
    Mixed media on paper
    Image size: 23.75 X 18
    Frame size: 28.25 X 22.75

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  • Neal Crosbie
    This Is Not An Old Saying Yet, 2008
    Mixed media on paper
    Image size: 23.5 X 18
    Frame size: 34 X 27

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  • Neal Crosbie
    Trying To Stop Thinking About My Hair, 2009
    Mixed media on paper
    Image size: 16.25 X 14
    Frame size: 20.75 X 18

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  • Neal Crosbie
    Wish U Were Here, 2008
    Mixed media on paper
    Image size: 23.5 X 18
    Frame size: 28.75 X 23.75

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Neal Crosbie Biography

Neal Crosbie was born in San Francisco in 1951. He is a painter, a cartoonist, a poet and a musician who “has a black belt in tea and a masters degree in outer space” (cf Crosbie) and introduces humour in the gravitas of the painting as well as the spontaneity of drawings. 

In 1960-62 Neal Crosbie studied painting at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, in 1967-70 he studied with John Kaneko in Sacramento, especially pen and ink, in 1970 he studied painting with Ralph Goings in Sacramento, and in 1970-71 he studied with Gary Pruner at American River College.

His icon, coyote-man, drawn from his Shoshone background turns up everywhere in his works. He walks around in landscapes where sometimes the only visible sign is the wind in a pine tree. He thinks aloud, talks, declaims, makes fun at himself,or at the whole universe! He is somewhat wise, somewhat Buddhist, sometimes kranky always a poet.

Unique among his contemporaries, Neal Crosbie acts on canvas, paper or walls as a stand up comedian. His work is an invitation to profundity in a burst of exuberant colors and energies.Born in Benicia, California in 1930, Robert Arneson was encouraged by his father to draw. He became a proficient draftsman early in life and drew cartoons for a local newspaper as a teenager. After Arneson studied art education at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland he taught in a local high school, where he became interested in ceramics. He went on to receive an MFA from Mills College in 1958. Arneson became head of the ceramics department at the University of California at Davis in 1962 and became a full professor of art in 1973.

Arneson was greatly influenced by the expressionist work of fellow Californian Peter Voulkos, who had studied Pablo Picasso’s works in clay. This influence stimulated Arneson to be more adventurous and to break through previously established sculptural boundaries. Arneson rejected the idea that ceramic artists produce only utilitarian or decorative items. He began creating non-functional clay pieces, contradicting the more formal traditions previously associated with this medium. He created a number of self-portraits using photographs, mirrors, and drawings; each one seemed to reveal a new identity. Although by definition self-referential, the ironic and humorous self-portraits were used as vehicles to present universal concepts and feelings. Arneson was part of the dynamic group of irreverent California Pop artists whose work has come to be known as “Funk Art.”

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